Recipe: Traditional Hummus

August 2022


  • 3 cups dry garbanzo beans, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup tahini paste, or more, to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, or more, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling


Rinse the beans and place in a pot. Fill with enough water to cover by at least 1 inch. Allow to sit overnight.

Drain beans. Then add water to cover by at least an inch. Bring to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer over medium heat until the beans are very soft, 1 to 2 hours.

Drain the beans, reserving some of the water to use later.

Transfer the beans to a blender and blend until smooth, adding 1/2 cup of olive oil gradually. Add some of the reserved water if needed to help it blend. Add the tahini and blend in along with the lemon juice. Add salt. Taste and correct seasonings, adding more tahini, lemon and salt, as needed.

Spread the hummus into a flat serving dish and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with pita bread, pita chips, carrots, celery, cucumbers or a combination of any or all of them.