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Homemade Hummus with Za'atar and Sweet Paprika

This homemade hummus is velvety smooth and full of flavor. Serve it with naan or pitas, veggies, over salad—the possibilities are endless.


  • 2 cups chickpeas, reserve approx. 1/3 cup of liquid and approx. 1/4 cup chickpeas for garnish, drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Za'atar
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet paprika (or regular paprika)
  • Chopped fresh parsley


  • erve with pitas


  • Put the chickpeas, tahini, oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor (a blender will give you a much smoother hummus).
  • Begin to blend and add the chickpea liquid as needed to create a smooth purée.
  • Taste and adjust to your liking.
  • Transfer to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Garnish with za’atar, paprika, parsley, and extra chickpeas.


Makes approx. 2 cups.
!If you want to create your own za'atar, simply mix the following1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons sumac
Kosher salt and crackled black pepper