"Invited to a party at the last minute, I invented this hummus from what I had on hand," says reader Maria August, of Boulder. "To my surprise, I liked it better than the traditional tahini version." Serve with fresh-cut vegetables, such as jicama, carrot, red pepper, and celery sticks.
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzo) beans, drained
1 cup salted and roasted cashews, plus 4 to 6 for garnish
About 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. sea salt (depends upon saltiness of cashews)
1 small bunch cilantro (about 2.5 oz.)
Zest of one medium lime
1/2 cup olive oil
About 2 tbsp. lime juice
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Mixed raw and/or blanched vegetables, cut into sticks or halved
How to Make It
Put chickpeas, cashews, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 2/3 cup water in a food processor and pulse until very smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and pulse until well blended and very creamy, about 30 seconds. Add more water, one tbsp. at a time, if needed. Add more salt or lime juice to taste. Garnish with cashews and serve with vegetables.
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Very easy to make, cleaning and prepping the cilantro was the most time-consuming part. Large portion-I split it into two bowls for two events. My friends loved it-they recommend I bring this to parties in the future.
I prepare a variety of hummus and this one is unique. Refreshing taste - especially served with vegetables. Beautiful green for the holidays and a hit at both Thanksgiving & Christmas. I added a bit more heat, but that's what we prefer...rave reviews from everyone!!!
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