Hummus is delicious on its own. But it’s also a blank slate.
Whether you made your own hummus or are digging into a container of store-bought, toppings are not only pretty but also add complementary flavors and textures that elevate hummus to a whole new level.
Hummus toppings can be as simple as a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of spice, or something more substantial. Take inspiration from the topping combinations offered here or personalize your hummus with whatever flavors speak to you.
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- Crispy capers, chopped fresh rosemary, and flake sea salt
Frying capers couldn’t be simpler if you use the microwave and with the peppery notes of fresh rosemary, this salty topping will keep you coming back for more.
- Spiced roasted chickpeas and smoked paprika or sumac
What could be a better topping for hummus than more chickpeas? Make Spiced Roasted Chickpeas and add a smoky or tangy kick to your liking.
- Herb and olive salad
This bright and briny parsley, dill, and olive salad, originally developed to go on top of a white bean hummus, adds textural contrast to any supersmooth hummus.
If you’re looking for a little extra crunch, consider Dukkah, a savory blend of nuts, seeds, and spices. Our version features toasted pistachios and roasted chickpeas for a slightly sweet take on a classic Egyptian dip.
- Fresh herbs
Just a sprinkle of fresh herbs can add brightness to a savory spread and the grassy notes pair well with earthy chickpeas and tahini. Our favorites are parsley, cilantro, mint, and basil.
- Sun-dried tomatoes (plus the oil!) and olives
A nearly empty jar of sun-dried tomatoes holds a secret. Drizzle the leftover sun-dried tomato oil (and the tomatoes if you have any) over olives for a tasty Mediterranean bite.
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