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Easy Yellow Lentil Hummus – Plant-Based on a Budget

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Easy lentil hummus makes a nice change from regular hummus with chickpeas! This lentil dip recipe is made with yellow lentils, tahini, apricots, and a hint of spice! It’s so simple to whip up and makes a tasty sandwich spread, dip, or addition to a grain bowl.

This yellow lentil hummus recipe was inspired by a brand I picked up in the store! I loved it so much but wanted to find a way to make it on my own! I think the results are pretty spectacular.

It makes a nice change when it comes to dips. Add it to a vegan charcuterie board for an eye-catching table! It also works well to offer a variety of different types of hummus served with it!

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I really love this smoky roasted red pepper, green pistachio hummus, and of course classic hummus! This combination with this particular yellow lentil hummus recipe creates a variety of textures and colors that everyone loves!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Great tasting dip! This yellow lentil hummus has it all! A bit of sweetness, spiciness, and plenty of savory flavors.
  • A nice change. Swap out your regular hummus recipe for this one! You won’t be disappointed.
  • Easy preparation! Throw all the ingredients into the food processor and let it do its magic!

What Goes Into This Recipe

The ingredients to make this yellow lentil hummus aren’t difficult but you might not cook with all of them frequently. Let’s take a look at what you need.

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  • Lentils: This recipe uses yellow lentils which cook quickly and soften up when cooked, making them ideal for blending into hummus. You can also try this recipe with red lentils as well.
  • Tahini: A paste made from sesame seeds that adds flavor and healthy fats to the lentil hummus and is a traditional ingredient in hummus. You will find it on the international aisle of your grocery store or in specialty markets.
  • Freshly squeezed lemon: You can use bottled but fresh tastes much better!
  • Apricots: Fresh apricots add sweetness to the hummus and dried apricots are chopped into the topping for this tasty hummus recipe.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil: The best type of oil to use for hummus. It’s full of healthy fats but also contributes a bright earthy flavor other oils don’t have.
  • Seasoning: Ground cumin, paprika, crushed red pepper, and dried onion powder.
  • Spiciness: A touch of heat from a freshly diced serrano chile.
  • Sunflower seeds: Add some additional texture to lentil hummus.
  • Roasted red bell pepper: Adds savory, umami flavor.
  • Minced garlic: Fresh is best.

How To Make Lentil Hummus

Now that you’ve got your ingredients gathered and the lentils cooked, let’s mix up a batch of lentil hummus!

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Make the Lentil Dip

  • 1) Add all of the ingredients except the water to the bowl of a food processor. Process the mixture on high for 1 to 2 minutes. 

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  • 2) Occasionally stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. 
  • 3) Add one tablespoon of water at a time to thin the hummus to the texture you like best.

Make the Topping

  • 1) Finely chop the dried apricots and roasted red pepper. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl, cover, and let marinate overnight or for at least an hour. Add to the top of the hummus.

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • Don’t skip the topping! Yes, it’s optional but wow, it really adds a ton of flavor to this yellow lentil hummus spread.
  • Adjust the spiciness. Add more or less serrano chile depending on how spicy you want it! You can also swap it for a milder or spicier type of chile.
  • No fresh apricots? That’s ok. Swap the fresh for dried! Just hydrate them in hot water for about 15 minutes prior to adding them to the hummus. This will plump them back up so they can mix into the hummus.

Can you freeze hummus?

Yes, hummus works great to freeze. Make sure to store it in an airtight container for up to three months. I suggest adding a label and date so you don’t forget about it. Let it thaw out overnight in the fridge and stir it up before serving.

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Can you make lentil hummus with other types of lentils?

Yes, you can use just about any type of lentil. Red lentils will cook up with a similar texture as the yellow lentils in this recipe. Other lentils such as green and brown stay intact when cooked and will make a thicker hummus. You can thin it out with additional olive oil or water.

What can I substitute for tahini in hummus?

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Tahini is basically a seed butter made from sesame seeds. You can blend up sesame seeds to make your own tahini but you will need to use a food processor or high-powered blender in order to make it. If you don’t enjoy the flavor of tahini, you can swap it with sunflower butter or use additional olive oil and water to give the hummus consistency.

Is it cheaper to make your own hummus?

Yes! Especially if you cook your own chickpeas or other legumes to make it. Some of the ingredients, like olive oil and tahini, may be a bit expensive. However, you will be able to make several batches from a container of it so, in the end, it’s definitely cheaper.

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What to Serve with Hummus

Now that your yellow lentil hummus is ready, here are some ideas for using it!

  • Breakfast toast: I like to add it to my morning avocado toast for a little boost of protein. It also works great to use in place of avocado and enjoy it all on its own!
  • Sandwich spread: It makes a great swap for vegan mayo, adding creaminess to just about any sandwich! It tastes quite different from vegan mayo but the spicy sweetness makes sandwiches taste amazing! Add it to a tofu sandwich or any veggie sandwich you like!
  • Appetizer or snack dip: It’s great for dipping veggie sticks, zucchini chips, pretzels, homemade rosemary crackers, tortilla chips, pita bread and so much more!
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How to Store

Make ahead and leftovers: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. You can also freeze it for up to three months. Thaw it out in the refrigerator overnight and then stir it up if any liquid separates out. 

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

completed Easy Yellow Lentil Hummus in a white bowl against a white background

Easy Yellow Lentil Hummus

David Sterkel

Easy lentil hummus makes a nice change from regular hummus with chickpeas! This lentil dip recipe is made with yellow lentils, tahini, apricots, and a hint of spice! It goes together in minutes using a blender and makes a tasty sandwich spread, dip, or addition to a grain bowl.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 30 mins

Marinate 1 hr

Total Time 1 hr 45 mins

Course Appetizer, Dips and Sauces, Side Dish

Cuisine Mediterranean

Servings 6 servings

Calories 386 kcal

Topping:

  • Finely chop the dried apricots and roasted red pepper. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl, cover, and let marinate overnight or at least an hour. Add to the top of the hummus.

  • Don’t skip the topping! Yes, it’s optional but wow, it really adds a ton of flavor.
  • Adjust the spiciness. Add more or less serrano chile depending on how spicy you want it! You can also swap it for a milder or spicier type of chile.
  • No fresh apricots? That’s ok. Swap the fresh for dried! Just hydrate them in hot water for about 15 minutes prior to adding them to the hummus. This will plump them back up so they can mix into the hummus.

Calories: 386kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 14gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gSodium: 196mgPotassium: 645mgFiber: 11gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 827IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 5mg

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