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Dill & Lemon Hummus

Marc J. Sievers


I love a good hummus, don’t you? It works so well for entertaining a crowd and is a satisfying snack at home, any time of the day. But I don’t always have the time to make my own hummus and I might not have tahini or some of the other ingredients on hand. My Dill & Lemon Hummus is a fabulous way to infuse fresh flavor into store-bought hummus. Green onion and dill give this a fresh-from-the-garden touch while the lemon zest provides a kick of citrus that brings it all together. This is perfect for easy entertaining and nobody will know the shortcut of not making hummus from scratch.  It will be our secret;)

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Ingredients (serves 6)

  • Hummus – 16 ounces, plain, favorite store-bought brand

  • Dill – 1 ½ tablespoons, rough chopped, fresh

  • Lemon – 1 small lemon, zested

  • Green Onion – 1 tablespoon, finely minced, white and green parts

  • Parmesan Cheese – ⅓ cup, freshly grated, Parmigiano-Reggiano recommended

  • Olive Oil – 2 tablespoons, plus more for garnish

  • Black Pepper – ½ teaspoon, freshly cracked

  • Pink Pepper – ¾ teaspoon, freshly cracked, for garnish


  1.  In a medium bowl add the hummus, dill, lemon zest, green onion, parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and black pepper.  Stir to combine. 

  2. Transfer the hummus to a shallow serving bowl, drizzle over more olive oil and garnish with pink pepper.  Serve with slices of English cucumber, crackers or crostini.

Tip: Pink pepper has a slight sweet floral note and really adds an extra layer of flavor, not to mention a colorful garnish!  While I don’t use pink pepper nearly as much as black or white pepper (and always freshly cracked), I always have a glass jar of pink peppercorns in the pantry too.   

Entertaining Tip: You can make this hummus in advance (prepare the hummus without the extra garnish of olive oil and pink pepper) and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.  When you are ready to serve it, allow it to sit at room temperature for 2 hours.  Then transfer the hummus to a serving dish, garnish with olive oil, pink pepper and serve.

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Fresh Green Pea Hummus

Marc J. Sievers

Spring is here (I think)!  So many wonderful fruits and vegetables are in their prime this time of year, green peas being my number 1 favorite!  I love the earthy taste and “bite” they have when perfectly cooked or sautéed.  My recipe for Fresh Green Pea Hummus combines simple, fresh ingredients that create a delicious dip with crackers, a topping for tartines or a healthy spread for sandwiches.  The flavors are bursting at the seam (or should I say pod)!

Going “green” has never tasted so good!

Fresh Green Pea Hummus

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • Olive Oil – 2 tablespoons

  • Red Onion – ½ cup, medium dice

  • Garlic – 3 cloves, finely minced

  • Sea Salt – ¾ teaspoon

  • Black Pepper – ¾ teaspoon, freshly cracked

  • Red Pepper Flakes – 1/8 teaspoon

  • Peas – 2 cups, fresh, uncooked

  • Lemon Zest – 2 teaspoons

  • Thyme – 1½ teaspoons, fresh

  • Hummus – 4 tablespoon, plain variety

  • Butter – 1 teaspoon, unsalted

  • Parmesan – for garnish


  1. In a medium sauté pan set over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook for 6 - 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Next, add the butter, peas, lemon zest and thyme. Continue cooking for another 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.

  4. Transfer sautéed mixture into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.

  5. Add the hummus and pulse 10 - 15 times, or until desired texture is achieved.

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