Basil Pesto Hummus

Recipe by Anna Meyer (Gorman) – Children’s Program and Extra Helpings Administrator

Hummus is an easy-to-make healthy snack that goes well with most dipping devices you desire (veggies, pretzels, pita chips to name a view). This recipe puts a flavorful twist on the classic version.


2 cans chickpeas
Juice of 2 lemons
2 1/2 cups fresh basil (I use an entire clamshell of Trader Joe’s basil)
4-5 cloves garlic (or more if you really like garlic – like me!)
3/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth.

Serve with carrot sticks, red bell pepper strips, broccoli florets, snap peas, or other raw vegetables.


Hummus is incredibly flexible. Add more garlic if you want, or add more olive oil if you like it a little creamier.

TIP: Mix 2 tbsp of hummus with ⅓ cup water to make a delicious salad dressing!