White Bean Basil Hummus

by Valerie on August 5, 2009 · 7 comments

Welcome to What’s Cooking Wednesday, hosted by Tales from the Fairy Blogmother. Be sure to check out the other recipes submitted for WCW.

This past weekend, I took my old hummus standby and decided to make a white bean basil version, inspired by one I saw at Trader Joe’s. I used a combination of green and purple basil. The final result was delicious, though for the basil flavor to come out, it seemed that lime juice was necessary. I very much enjoy this hummus, but I have to say I wish I could eat dairy, because I bet it would make an amazing combination with goat cheese in a sandwich.

White Bean Basil Hummus
Makes about 1.5 cups

White Bean Purple Basil Hummus
1 15-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed, or 1 3/4 cup cooked white beans if you started off with dry beans
3 tablespoons tahini
1 clove garlic
Juice of 2-3 lemons (approximately 1/2 cup)
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 to 1/2 cup of basil leaves (I used a combination of green and purple)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (optional)
Salt to taste

In a food processor, add white beans, tahini paste and garlic. Puree for a minute. Stop motor and with a rubber spatula, scrape sides of bowl to ensure mixture will be completely integrated.Gradually add lemon juice and lime juice, constantly tasting mixture for flavor. Add basil leaves. Puree until you arrive at desired texture, adding olive oil if you want more richness. Add salt and taste.

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1 drriftwood August 5, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Hummus and goat cheese does sound yum!!
Is there any particular brand of tahini that you prefer?



2 Marisa August 5, 2009 at 5:49 pm

I've never tried basil with hummus and since I have some growing in my garden and I've been trying to think of ways to use it aside from pesto, I'll have to give it a try.


3 Karley August 5, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Sounds wonderful! I just made some with tahini last night–the boys will eat veggie burger with spinach, tomatoes, feta and hummus and love it.

This recipe sounds delicious!


4 Karine August 6, 2009 at 12:53 am

Interesting combination of basils and your hummus looks great!

Thanks for sharing your recipe!


5 Kiki August 6, 2009 at 5:51 am

That looks wonderful – I've been looking for a new non-chickpea hummus recipe.

The tip about the lime juice is very useful, thank you!


6 Jen of A2eatwrite August 6, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Oh, YUM! I've been looking for a good white bean hummus recipe. Definitely doing this when I get back from this weekend's family wedding!


7 The Food Hunter August 7, 2009 at 8:22 pm

What a great combination of flavors.


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