Turkish-Style Hummus

Joy E. Stocke and Angie Brenner


  •   One 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • 1 Teaspoon  roughly chopped garlic
  • 1/4 Cup  extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 Cup  lemon juice, plus more as needed
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste*
  • Kalamata olive, preferably pitted
  •   Parsley leaves, for garnish
  •   Paprika or cayenne, to taste

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by Joy E. Stocke and Angie Brenner

Creamy, flavorful hummus with warm pita bread or crisp crackers appears on nearly every traditional meze or appetizer platter throughout Turkey, particularly in the southeast near the Iraq and Syrian borders where the first chickpeas were domesticated during Neolithic times.

When combined with bread (wheat was also domesticated in the region), hummus makes a complete and easily digestible protein. Best of all, you can make it in minutes and feed a crowd. Simply chop a little garlic, add olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper. Whir in a food processor or with a mixer or blender, and you may find yourself eating it by the spoonful. This recipe is adapted for the American kitchen. Should you wish to add sesame paste or tahini for a denser, Middle Eastern flavor, add a tablespoon during the blending process.


Drain half the liquid from the chickpeas and reserve the rest to add creaminess and flavor. Combine the chickpeas with their liquid, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


Pulse until smooth. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. If the hummus is too thick, thin to the desired consistency with water or lemon juice. Spoon into a shallow serving bowl. Garnish with additional olive oil on the top. Set the olive in the center. Garnish with parsley leaves and paprika or cayenne.


*Note: Black pepper will leave flecks in the hummus; I prefer to use white pepper.


Calories per serving:

122 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 66g 102%
  • Carbs 103g 34%
  • Saturated 8g 42%
  • Fiber 28g 113%
  • Sugars 19g
  • Monounsaturated 42g
  • Polyunsaturated 10g
  • Protein 31g 61%
  • Sodium 1,069mg 45%
  • Calcium 216mg 22%
  • Magnesium 120mg 30%
  • Potassium 650mg 19%
  • Iron 5mg 30%
  • Zinc 3mg 19%
  • Phosphorus 375mg 54%
  • Vitamin A 6µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 25mg 42%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 9%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 5%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 28%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 217µg 54%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 46%
  • Vitamin K 52µg 65%
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