Golden Beet Hummus

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 Golden Beet Hummus


  • 1 14- ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium golden beet (raw), peeled, and quartered (4-inch diameter)
  • 4-6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup ice water
  • 3/4 teaspoon round turmeric (optional)
  • pinch of saffron (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  • to serve (all or some of the others): sesame seeds, hemp seeds, edible chive/flower blossoms, chopped chives, thread of toasted sesame oil


  1. Peel the chickpeas by popping each one out of its skin. This will make your hummus extra smooth. If you can't stand the idea of this (understandable!) - skip this step. Your hummus won't be quite as smooth, but will still be tasty.

  2. Place the chickpeas into a blender or food processor and puree into a thick paste. Add the beets and puree again. Add the lemon juice, garlic, salt, and tahini. Slowly drizzle in the ice cold water. Keep processing for a few minutes, three or so. Add the turmeric, saffron, and nutritional yeast and give another spin. Taste and adjust with more salt or lemon juice if needed. This recipe calls for substantially less salt than many other hummus recipes, the idea being, you start with a bit, and then salt to taste.

  3. Smear hummus across a serving plate or bowl, and top with any of the suggested toppings.


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