Basil Pesto Hummus

4 reader reviews / 4.25 stars average

Traditional hummus gets a flavor boost from fragrant basil pesto to create this delicious twist on the popular dip. 

Basil Pesto Hummus - The Lemon Bowl

When my friend Brandy asked if I wanted to join her to celebrate my friend Rachel’s 30th Birthday it took me all of 3 seconds to say YES! With a theme as perfect as “Drinks & Little Bites” I would be hard-pressed to say no. :)

Even though I know Rachel loves popcorn, I also know that she loves Lebanese food. You see, she lives outside of Detroit in the Lebanese food mecca of the country. To say that I’m jealous would be a complete understatement. Of course, I knew that I had to make hummus because not only is it one of her favorite snacks but we also shared a funny hummus experience that I’ll never forget. Grab the popcorn, it’s time for a quick story…

Creamy Basil Pesto Hummus Bite - The Lemon Bowl

Last fall, Rachel and I were working our butts off preparing to host the first ever Taste of Michigan blogging conference. Before the luncheon, I was scheduled to demonstrate my Great Aunt Vieve’s Classic Hummus with Toasted Pine Nuts recipe using a beautiful KitchenAid food processor.

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Guess what I forgot to bring to a live hummus cooking demonstration? Chickpeas. Guess what the restaurant didn’t have in their pantry for me to borrow? Chickpeas. Awesome. Guess who doesn’t love spur-of-the-moment surprises during an event she has spent 43,418,308 hours planning? My girl Rachel. ;)

Fortunately, she kept me as a friend anyway and the rest is history. Happy 30th Rachel!!! xoxo

Your pita bread is waiting.

Basil Pesto Hummus - The Lemon Bowl

Basil Pesto Hummus

4 reader reviews / 4.25 stars average
Bright pesto and creamy hummus come together to create this addictive and flavorful dip perfect with veggies, pita or tortilla chips.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 7 mins
TOTAL: 17 mins
Servings: 6


  • 15 oz can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • ¼ cup prepared pesto
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts (optional garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil (optional garnish)


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spread pine nuts in even layer on a baking pan. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until browned; let cool.
  • In a food processor or high speed blender, pulse together chickpeas, pesto, olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
  • Puree mixture until smooth and creamy then spread on a platter and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and minced basil.


If the mixture is too thick, add up to 1/4 cup of water or until desired consistency is reached.


Calories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 4.1gProtein: 1.4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 0.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 104mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 0.5g
DID YOU TRY THIS RECIPE? Mention @thelemonbowl or tag #thelemonbowl! I would LOVE to see!

29 thoughts on “Basil Pesto Hummus”

  1. That looks like a cool twist to hummus! I usually don’t like other manipulated versions of hummus. Specially when there’s no hummus (chick peas) in it!!
    I think it will be cool too to use cilantro instead of basil and lime instead of lemon. And hey! I have to add cumin. Usually chick peas or any peas cause some gases we believe that you get rid of it by cumin.
    Thank you very much for the recipe :)

  2. First of all, I hate that photo of me, lol. But moving on from my fat pregger face, thank you SO much for being a part of this party! Wish we could all celebrate in person. This hummus looks amazing. xo

    PS: I wasn’t even mad about the Taste of MI hummus craziness. It was hysterical…after all that planning. Too funny.

  3. I so wished to attend the Taste of Michigan with you and Rachel, what a fun event. I had to laugh about the chickpeas, that sounds like something that would happen to me!

    I love pesto and I’m pretty sure I could devour this whole dish of hummus!

  4. You are such a nice friend, Liz! This basil pesto hummus looks and sounds incredible! I am always supper excited when the words basil pesto are included in a dish. YUM!

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