Category Archives: Hummus

Kick It Up A Notch

I love dips! They are mostly packed with protein and make a very tasty snack, appetizer or side dish, plus they are so simple to make and take seconds to whip up.  This black bean dip took me three minutes to make (seriously, I timed it)!  All you need is a food processor and the ingredients listed below and you are in business! 

The dip has a nice kick from the red onion and is amazing to pair with crackers and vegetables.  This dip is also fantastic spread on a wrap or sandwich as a flavorful and healthier alternative to mayonnaise.   The options are endless! 

Bean Dip 2

Kicked Up Black Bean Dip

Makes About 1 Cup
¼ Small Red Onion
1 – 15 oz. Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbs. Lemon Juice
1 Tbs. Fresh Mint
1 tsp. Cumin
¼ tsp. Salt
Olive Oil, garnish
Mint Leaves, garnish
Red Pepper Flakes, garnish

In a food processor, pulse all the ingredients together until desired consistency is reached.  Place in a bowl and garnish with mint leaves, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.  Serve cold.

Black Bean Dip 1

“Olive” My Readers: ZETA and Whole Foods Giveaway

Hummus is a staple in my home.  I would love to say we make it from scratch all the time, but that would be false.  We love our packaged hummus, especially Achla brand (shout out Achla!) but there really is nothing as fresh and as lovely as homemade hummus.  Olive oil has a subtle but impacting flavor in hummus.     
I tried ZETA Olive Oil about a year ago and fell in the love with the flavors.  The olive oil itself is great quality, but the pungent flavors of garlic, basil and lemon shine through and add such a huge punch of flavor, not to mention they have the coolest pop up spout under the lid!

You can either incorporate the olive oil directly into the hummus or drizzle it on top of the plated hummus. 

With that being said…It’s GIVEAWAY TIME! One of AliBabka’s very lucky readers will have delivered to their door* a $25 gift card to Whole Foods and a three pack of ZETA Olive Oil:Regular, Lemon, and Basil and Garlic (sold at Whole Foods). I cannot wait for you to try it!

*Winner must be located in the United States


1-16 Oz. Can of Chickpeas

1 Lemon, juiced

1/4 C. Tahini Paste
1/4 C. Water

3 Cloves Garlic, crushed

1/2 tsp. Salt (more or less to taste)

2 TBS. ZETA Olive Oil




In food processor, finely mince the garlic.  Add the tahini paste and while motor is running slowly add the water and lemon juice till combined.  Drain chickpeas and add to the tahini mixture.  While the food processor is on, drizzle in olive oil.  Blend until you have reached your desired consistency.  Season with salt to taste. 

Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus. Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of ZETA olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley, zaatar and paprika. Serve with vegetables or pita chips.


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