Every summer there comes a time when all I want to eat are meals that are light, veggie-based, and require no time in the kitchen. It usually has to do with the fact that we live in a 100 year old home without central air, so time in the kitchen becomes a little less enjoyable. It’s also a time when so many delicious vegetables are abundant, so I like to take advantage of that because I know in the back of my mind that our New England winter will return before we know it.
This hummus with summer veggies and herbs is perfect for this time of year. It couldn’t be easier to pull together. Make a batch of homemade hummus, chop up whatever veggies and herbs you have available, and assemble it on a large plate. Serve with your favorite pita bread and you have yourself a delicious summer appetizer, snack, or light meal
I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July and I look forward to sharing more summer recipe ideas in the coming weeks!
- For the hummus:
- 2 cups chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup tahini
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 1 Tablespoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Pinch of salt and black pepper
- ¼ cup olive oil
- For serving:
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- ¼ red onion, finely chopped
- ½ orange bell pepper, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons fresh herbs, chopped (parsley, chives, basil, etc.)
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Pita bread
- In a food processor, add chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, cayenne pepper, several pinches of salt, and some fresh ground black pepper.
- Turn on the food processor and and slowly pour about ¼ cup of olive oil in a steady stream until the hummus is blended nicely. You may need to add a little more or less olive oil to get the desired consistency. Taste and adjust flavors to your liking.
- In a medium bowl combine tomatoes, red onion, and bell pepper with 1 tablespoon olive oil and pinch of salt and pepper. Stir in the herbs.
- To serve, spread hummus on a large plate. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and top with mixed vegetables and herbs. Serve with pita bread.