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Don't let the beetroot in this Oil Free Beetroot Hummus Recipe scare you. This dip is absolutely delicious!
I'm fully aware that beetroot isn't the first vegetable people rush to grab at the grocery store. While I find roasted beetroot absolutely delicious, those little ruby roots can easily stain your finger, clothes, cutting boards...you name it!
But gosh, their color is absolutely incredible. I know a lot of people are starting to use a touch of beetroot juice as a natural food coloring for frostings, cakes and other recipes and that's basically all I'm doing in this recipe. The flavor of beetroot in this recipe is so subtle, so if you don't care for beets you will probably still enjoy this recipe. But the addition of just a few beets to my Easy Oil Free Hummus Recipe (and old, but delicious recipe) makes for the most stunning color. How beautiful would this Oil Free Beetroot Hummus Recipe be for the 4th of July if you served it alongside some white and blue corn chips?!
The inspiration for this Oil Free Beetroot Hummus Recipe came from one of my many grocery runs to HEB, the main grocery store I go to here in Houston. I was looking for canned tomatoes and noticed that they had canned beets on the shelf. I love roasting beets and adding them to my salads, so initially that's how I planned on using them. I figured it would be so much easier to not have to peel raw beets and deal with the "bloody" mess. But then I started thinking of how easy it would be to throw a few of these into a basic hummus recipe for a new flavor of hummus and a beautifully colored dip for the summer.
Beautiful Oil Free Beetroot Hummus!
I absolutely love this hummus with pretzels or heartier, whole-grain crackers. I even ate it with corn bread once and that was also a delicious combination. It would make for a creamy, rich spread for veggies sandwiches, taste amazing on a toasted everything bagel, or again, make for the most beautiful 4th of July dip if you served it with white and blue corn tortillas chips!
I would love to know if you give this easy Oil Free Beetroot Hummus Recipe a try! Let me know in the comments what you think. I'd also love to see the finished product, so make sure you snap a photo and share it on Instagram, tagging @theconscientiouseater! Also, be sure to share this recipe with anyone else you think would enjoy it!
Oil Free Beet Root Hummus Recipe
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 3 tablespoons water or olive oil
- ¼ cup (heaping) chopped cooked beetroot
- In a small food processor, process the lemon juice and tahini until a thick, creamy paste forms.
- Then add in the remaining ingredients and process until smooth, adding more water or oil if necessary.
- Taste and add more salt if needed or more cooked beetroot for a more intense beet flavor.
- Serve with crackers, chips, pretzels, or vegetables or use as a spread for sandwiches!
Am I missing something or are there no chickpeas in this hummus recipe?
Faith VanderMolen says
You're definitely not missing anything Lisa! It was a typo that is now fixed. Happy cooking!