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Take store-bought hummus to the next level by adding simple ingredients to amp up the flavor.

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Make plain store-bought hummus taste gourmet

Hummus makes the perfect snack to bring to your next summer hangout. It is as easy as a quick trip to the grocery store to grab a few ingredients. Your friends will think you are a culinary genius when they taste the unique flavors of this simple dip. Add some pita chips and crackers and you are ready for summer fun.

Below I will give your three different recipes to take plain store-bought hummus to amazing dips full of flavor. Most of the ingredients I used are from Trader Joe’s but can be picked up at any grocery store.

If you love Mediterranean flavors try the kalamata olive, marinated artichoke heart, vegan feta, and Za’atar recipe. This recipe looks and tastes like you ordered it from a restaurant and you can prepare it right in the hummus container for easy storage and transport.

The next option is the butternut and chili oil hummus. My husband thought I made it from scratch! I removed the hummus from its original container because adding the butternut puree increases the volume of the dip. Also, don’t think this recipe is for fall because of the butternut. Canned puree removes the need for using the oven in the summer heat while the chili oil adds the spicy kick I crave in summer snacks. Check out my chili oil recipe if you can’t find it at the grocery store. It only takes 10 minutes and is made from ingredients that you already have in your pantry.

Finally, my sun-dried tomato, basil, and pine nut hummus utilizes great summer ingredients. Feel free to add on some fresh cherry tomatoes since they are abundant in the summer months. Smokey sun-dried tomatoes are a great hummus topping. Basil leaves add freshness and pair well with both the tomato and hummus. Pine nuts make the perfect crunchy finish.

Kalamata Olive, Artichoke Heart, Vegan Feta, and Za’atar Hummus Using a Store-Bought Hummus Base

Make basic store-bought hummus look gourmet by adding chopped kalamata, marinated hearts, feta, and Za'atar.
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Equipment

  • cutting board
  • Chef's Knife

Ingredients

  • 8 oz plain store-bought hummus
  • 1/4 cup marinated artichoke hearts chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Kalamata olives chopped
  • 1/8 cup vegan feta crumbled
  • 2 tsp Za'atar seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Scoop out 2 Tbsp of hummus from the center of the hummus container.
  • Fill scooped area with artichoke hearts, olives, and feta.
  • Sprinkle top of hummus with Za'atar and drizzle with olive oil.

Notes

Save the lid of the container to pop back on when you want to store the hummus.
Course: Appetizer, Small Plates, Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: appetizer, Easy Recipe, healthy, picnic, Plant-based Cheese, Quick & Easy, small plates, snack

Butternut Hummus with Chili Oil Using a Store-Bought Hummus Base

This hummus uses plain store-bought hummus as the base of the recipe and incorporates butternut puree and is topped with chili oil to give the illusion that it is homemade.
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Equipment

  • small mixing bowls

Ingredients

  • 8 oz plain store-bought hummus
  • 1/2 cup butternut puree
  • 1/8 cup chili oil
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch flaky salt optional

Instructions

  • Spoon plain store-bought hummus into a mixing bowl and combine with butternut puree.
  • Place the hummus butternut mixture into the bowl that you will use for serving.
  • Create an indentation in the center of the hummus and fill with half of the chili oil.
  • Drizzle the remaining chili oil over the rest of the hummus and sprinkle with chili flakes and flaky salt, if using.
Course: Appetizer, Small Plates, Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: appetizer, Easy Recipe, healthy, picnic, Quick & Easy, small plates, snack

Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and Pine Nut Hummus Using a Store-Bought Hummus Base

This recipe is packed with easy summer ingredients and is the perfect summer snack to bring to all of those summer hangouts you will be attending.
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Equipment

  • cutting board
  • Chef's Knife

Ingredients

  • 8 oz plain store-bought hummus
  • 1/8 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil roughly chopped
  • 5 leaves fresh basil leaves julienned
  • 1 Tbsp pine nuts toasted
  • 2 tsp oil from sun-dried tomatoes

Instructions

  • Scoop out 2 Tbsp of hummus from the center of the hummus container.
  • Fill the scooped area with sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle the top of the hummus with pine nuts, fresh basil leaves, and drizzle with oil from the sun-dried tomato jar.

Notes

Save the lid of the container to pop back on when you want to store the hummus.
Course: Appetizer, Small Plates, Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: appetizer, Easy Recipe, healthy, picnic, Quick & Easy, small plates, snack

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