Chef John’s Green Hummus

This simple, basil-spiked ‘green’ hummus is a great summer twist on everyone’s favorite spread. Turkey on wheat? Yawn. Turkey on wheat with green hummus? Hello! And don’t even get me started on wraps. I won’t even touch a wrap that doesn’t contain hummus, and neither should you.

Original recipe makes 6 servings


1/3 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can white beans, drained
salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • PREP

    10 mins


    10 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add the basil and cook uncovered until bright green, about 20 seconds. Immediately plunge basil in ice water until cold. Squeeze basil to remove excess moisture and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Put basil, garlic, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garbanzo beans, and white beans, salt, and black pepper, respectively, in a blender. Cover and blend until almost smooth; add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and puree until smooth.


Calories: 200 kcal
Carbohydrates: 26.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fat: 7.5 g
Fiber: 5.5 g
Protein: 7.7 g
Sodium: 144 mg