This dill pickle hummus is vegan, oil free, and gluten free. It is super healthy, easy to make, and absolutely delicious!
I always love using hummus as a veggie or cracker dip. Store-bought hummus is convenient, but often contains unnecessarily added oil.
For a healthier hummus, you can make your own without oil!
This dill pickle hummus is one of my absolute favourites. It is tangy and delicious, and is always a favourite at group events.
What is hummus?
Hummus is a dip or spread that is often used as a veggie dip. It is made with chickpeas as the base, and often also includes tahini.
Garlic and lemon are usually added, along with other ingredients depending on the flavour of hummus.
Hummus can be made in various flavours, even chocolate! Hummus is typically used for vegetables, but dessert hummus is commonly used as a fruit dip.
Some of my favourite hummus flavours include:
- Roasted red pepper hummus
- Garlic and onion hummus
- Dill pickle hummus
What is tahini?
As mentioned, hummus usually includes tahini for added flavour and texture.
Tahini is made from sesame seeds. The seeds are ground into a paste, giving tahini a texture similar to other nut and seed butters.
The sesames seeds can be hulled or unhulled, and roasted or raw before being ground into a paste. Hulling the seeds means removing the outer coat (the hull) of the seeds.
Most store-bought tahini that I have seen is made from hulled sesame seeds. The kind that I buy is also made from sesame seeds that are roasted, which gives a nice flavour.
Is tahini healthy?
One of my top priorities when creating a recipe for my blog is ensuring that it is vegan, delicious, and healthy.
As explained above, tahini is simply made from ground up sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are a great source of fiber and protein, containing about 5 grams of protein per 3 tablespoons. For more about the health benefits of sesame seeds, check out this article.
Some store-bought tahini’s may also be made with added oil, which would make it much less healthy!
Ensure that you check the ingredients to make sure there is no added oil. You could also try making your own! Check out this super simple and healthy tahini recipe from Simple Veganista.
What can hummus be used for?
Hummus can be used in more ways than just as a veggie dip!
Here are some ideas on how you can use hummus:
- As a veggie dip
- As a chip or cracker dip
- As a sandwich spread
- As a wrap spread
- As a burger sauce
- As a pizza dip
- Thin it out with water or vegetable broth and use it as a salad dressing
How to use dessert hummus:
- As a fruit dip
- As frosting for cake or cupcakes
- As a cracker spread
This dill pickle hummus is:
- Super easy to make
Check out the recipe for this dill pickle hummus below.
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Dill Pickle Hummus
- 540 ml can of chickpeas
- 2 tbsp aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas)
- 1 cup diced dill pickles (low sodium)
- 3 tsp dill weed
- 3 tbsp tahini (ensure oil free)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 6 tsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup chopped yellow onion
- Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.