The reason I make this hummus is because I have just made my vegan basil pesto. You can read that here…This is also the second sauce I make in my 3 Easy Vegan Sauces post.
I love hummus. I love to use it as a dip or as a spread for a veggie sandwich. It is very versatile and keeps for a few days in the fridge. I don’t always make pesto hummus. I usually just make the plain ol good hummus. Just the creamy, good on everything hummus.
My sister Tracy was the first one to introduce me to hummus. She makes the best. She should be the one who writes this recipe, but since she has taught me how, I will just relay what she has taught me. The one thing that Tracy does that I usually forget, is to drizzle olive oil on top when you put it in you bowl. The other thing she does is add a spoonful of Sambal. It makes it so spicy and delicious.
Before we had a Trader Joe’s built by our house, it was hard to find tahini in our little town. Then if you did find it, it was super expensive. So for awhile there, I would just add about a 1/4 tsp of sesame oil to my hummus. Tahini is sesame seeds mixed up to make a paste. I thought that maybe sesame oil will do just the same. It was good, but it added a bit of an Asian taste to the hummus. I kind of liked it, but I like Tahini better.
Now Trader Joe’s has a jar for $3.99. You can’t beat that. The other day they ran out. I had people coming over so I bought some at Fred Meyer and it was $12.99. I can’t believe I bought it, but the recipe I HAD to make called for it, so I bought it.
If you had roasted red peppers or olive tapenade you could add that instead of the pesto. Even if you didn’t want to add anything but the basics, this is a good easy recipe.
You can use any pesto, but to keep it vegan I recommend my vegan pesto here.
- 1/4 cup Basil pesto
- 1 can Garbanzo Beans (reserve 1/4 cup liquid) Rinse the Rest
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1/2 cup Tahini Sauce Trader Joe's has the cheapest
- 1/2 Fresh squeezed Lemon
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil Use until correct consistency
- Salt and pepper to taste
Add basil pesto, or leave what was left from pesto you just made. Add 1 can of Garbanzo beans along with 1/4 cup liquid, Garlic, Tahini sauce and lemon juice.
Put lid on food processor and combine. Drizzle olive oil to consistency is correct
Transfer hummus to shallow bowl, drizzle olive oil and serve with pita or your favorite dipping veggie.
My sister Tracy always adds a tablespoon of Sambal. It makes the hummus to spicy and delicious.