Classic Hummus with Toasted Pine Nuts

The best hummus you’ll ever make, your family will love this creamy chick pea dip made with lemon, garlic and tahini.

Hummus with Roasted Pine Nuts - The Lemon Bowl
If I had to pinpoint the recipe that started it all, my Great Aunt Vieve’s classic hummus with toasted pine nuts would be the answer.

From the minute I could reach the kitchen counter, I have been watching the women in my family prepare traditional Middle Eastern dishes.

Hummus with Toasted Pine Nuts - The Lemon BowlToday’s recipe is in honor of my Great Aunt Vieve who taught me the art of balancing lemon and garlic to maximize flavor.  Her hummus recipe is quite simple but the end result is nothing you will find at the deli counter or in Costco’s cooler. It is all about the garnish, my friends.

Have you ever eaten toasted pine nuts? By taking a few minutes to toast nuts in a dry pan or bake at 350 for 10 minutes, you will experience a warm, buttery aroma that is second to none.  Toasting helps release the natural oils in the nuts which gives them a deep, rich flavor that will take any dish stand out.

Hummus Platter - The Lemon BowlMy Great Aunt Vieve is no longer with us but I am honored to carry the hummus torch. In fact, it is my signature dish at holidays and celebrations.  Traditionally, it is served as a dip with thin, flat pita bread, but here are a few other great ways to enjoy hummus:

  • For extra boost of protein, skip the mayo and spread hummus on your next sandwich.
  • Throw in roasted red peppers, sqap edamame for chick peas or use roasted garlic for a fun twist.
  • Instead of serving with pita bread, make your own homemade pita chips.
  • Use leftover grilled chicken to create a pita wrap with hummus, tomatos and raw onions.
  • Serve at your next party with a variety of seasonal veggies in leui of pita bread.

By letting the food processor do all of the work, you can have this healthy dish on the table in less than 5 minutes. No matter how you decide to serve it, I can guarantee you will think twice before spending top dollar on the tiny store-bought containers once you taste how delicious and easy it is to make at home.

Save money. Boost flavor. Receive loads of compliments. Boom.

Your family and friends are waiting.

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Classic Hummus with Toasted Pine Nuts
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The best hummus you'll ever make, your family will love this creamy chick pea dip made with lemon, garlic and tahini.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 16
  • 15 oz can chick peas - drained and rinsed
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ c tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs water
  • ¼ c parsley - finely minced (garnish)
  • ¼ c pine nuts - toasted (garnish)
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Check for seasoning and add more garlic, lemon or salt as desired. To serve, spread on to platter and top with toasted pine nuts and fresh parsley. Can be stored in air-tight container in the refridgerator for up to 7 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Tablespoons Calories: 68 Fat: 4.6g Saturated fat: .7g Carbohydrates: 5.2g Sodium: 154mg Fiber: 1.4g Protein: 1.8g Cholesterol: 0mg



  1. Molly Hulbert says

    This sounds so good I feel like running to the store right now for the ingredients! I don’t think I’ll ever buy premade hummus again.

  2. says

    I love toasted pine nuts! Often when I toast them, I need to toast more because they get eaten before they hit the salad! Your hummus looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your aunties recipe.

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      No way – I’m so glad you told me Audra!! I think I remember you mentioning that on Facebook come to think of it!! Yum love toasted pine nuts. :)

    • says

      Hmm…that’s a tough one. Hummus really isn’t hummus without it but there are lots of delicious bean dips that don’t require it! You could just use olive oil and it would still be a tasty bean dip!


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