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Cilantro Hummus

Writing about cilantro hummus is so funny to me.  Hummus is one of those things I have to remind myself I actually like.  For years, I just looked at it, turned my nose up, and would never try it.  Finally, I tried it and realized I was just ridiculous.  It was delicious.  But I still have to talk myself through the whole process, “you thought you hated it, you finally grew up and tried it, you now love it, eat it, and shut up.”
Then there is the cilantro.  I hated cilantro for years because of working at Taco Bell. When we made pico de gallo, it was just so overpowering, so I became intensely prejudice against cilantro.  Then the street taco entered my world and well now I have a mad, passionate love affair with cilantro.  It is now a pantry stable.

My sister Emily introduced me to the wonderful world of cilantro hummus.  Unfortunately, it was at a very sad time.  All of my siblings, save one (and her family―on my dad’s side) all piled in a mini-van to road trip to California, for our grandmother’s funeral.  While you might think this was a somber trek, it really wasn’t.  We were lively, laughing, enjoying one another.  And of course, there was food.  We had junk food and health food, pretty much everything in between for this journey. Emily made a hummus to bring along.  I should note that my family road trips with large coolers, lest we run out of food.

When she popped the lid on the Tupperware, the scent of cilantro made its way to my nose and I couldn’t wait to try this very aromatic dish. Once I got my pita chip in the dish, I was transported.  I loved how filling and healthy it was.  I am always looking for high protein dishes with lots of flavor.  This dish had it.  Plus it was a pretty green color, so that helped make it a winner in my book.  Most hummuses, hummi,? use  lemon, I used lime instead of lemon because cilantro and lime are a natural pairing, but you could use either. I hope you enjoy this dish.

Cilantro Hummus

Author: Michelle


  • 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans; drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt-or to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil-or more to taste
  • 1 head/bunch of cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Black pepper; large pinch


  1. Open, drain, and rinse the beans and add them to the blender.
  2. Cut off the blackened part of cilantro stems and dispose.
  3. With a sharp knife, roughly chop the cilantro.  This is to help it fit in the blender a bit better.
  4. Add the tahini, lime juice, salt, garlic, olive oil, paprika, cumin, and black pepper.
  5. Blend on high.
  6. Stop once or twice and scrap down the edges.
  7. Adjust the olive oil, salt, pepper, all these are to taste.
  8. Continue to blend until smooth and the cilantro and beans have formed a paste-like smoothness.
  9. Add to a serving bowl, drizzle a bit of olive oil and serve with your favorite dippers!

Thank you for sharing!

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  • Reply
    Paula Ball
    June 21, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    yummy sounding recipe. I’m that way about cilantro, the smell reminds me of Lantana which is pretty but stinks. I love it in pico though.

    • Reply
      June 23, 2014 at 12:06 am

      Paula, I apologize for taking so long to respond, my weekend was a whirlwind. I have found people love or hate cilantro, there is no real middle ground. 🙂

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    GiGi Eats
    March 17, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    5 stars
    I cannot be in the same room as HUMMUS – I will eat the WHOLE DANG THING without even thinking twice!

    • Reply
      March 17, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      You’re my kind of girl!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 17, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I need to make hummus again, however with one huge caveat…I can’t stand cilantro! 🙁

    • Reply
      March 17, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      I have a red pepper hummus, might that strike your fancy?

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    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen
    March 18, 2015 at 2:04 am

    The cilantro must add such a nice fresh flavor to the hummus!

    • Reply
      March 18, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      It really kicks the hummus up a notch.

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    David @ CookingChat
    March 18, 2015 at 5:08 am

    looks like a great version of hummus!

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    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
    March 18, 2015 at 5:33 am

    I got a kick out of you saying you have to remind yourself you like hummus. Just this past week my husband told everyone he hated hummus after I brought it to a party. Finally, after a dare, he tried it—and ate the entire bowl. Literally, he picked up the bowl and said he refused to share!! HA!

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      March 18, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Ha, that’s an awesome story…one I can relate to.

  • Reply
    Melissa Falk
    March 18, 2015 at 7:02 am

    This is a great twist on hummus. I can always use a new one. Your pictures are beautiful.

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