You can’t “beet” this Beet Hummus with Feta Cheese and Walnuts! A slightly sweet/slightly tangy beet hummus, sure to be a hit at any party & yields MANY servings! This is a great way to jazz up traditional hummus while adding extra nutrients. BONUS: this beet hummus dip comes together in 5 minutes or less, and gets made in the blender or a food processor (hello, easy cleanup)!!
WHY HUMMUS ROCKS SO HARD IN GENERAL: Hummus is such a healthy choice when it comes to snacking, and even when it comes to dietary substitutions. (Replace the mayo on your sandwich with hummus one day, just to see. Thank me later.) Made from a base of garbanzo beans, and generally combined alongside lemon, garlic, tahini, and olive oil, a proper hummus always results in a creamy, filling dip. Hummus is very high in fiber, protein, and antioxidants.- as well as folate, iron, and vitamins. Hummus plays very well with others; healthy vegetables specifically- although there are not many “dippers” in the world that hummus doesn’t get along with! Pita bread, chips, crackers, pretzels, grubby fingers, you name it. Hummus likes it.
WHY BEET HUMMUS ROCKS EVEN HARDER: So in light of what we’ve just learned… why wouldn’t we one-up that killer nutritional profile with even MORE healthy foodstuffs rammed in, just because we can?! Enter our version of just that: Beet Hummus featuring feta cheese and walnuts! Beets are a nutritional powerhouse, brimming with vitamins and vital nutrients that I am happy to bore you with but won’t because I’m kinda hungry and need to wrap this blog post up. (But, like… there’s lots of good stuff in there I swear.) Equally impressive, however, are the effects of beets on the body: producing powerful anti-inflammatory properties, plus natural antioxidant effects, along with the ability to help detoxify the body… Yep. Very good stuff. We don’t need to “beet” this into your head any longer!
“SO. Beets are healthy. OK got it, thx WifeyChef for the unsolicited nutrition lesson btw. Since beets are that healthy, they must taste terrible then, right?” Wrong! (Happily!) Beets taste sweet and earthy. This beet hummus has sweet notes, from the beets obviously, which we have balanced out with tangy lemon and salty feta cheese. It is a slightly sweet/slightly tangy, robust combination that pairs wonderfully with carrots, celery, bell peppers, or even something a bit heartier, like falafel chips or pita bread!
This beet hummus with feta cheese and walnuts will yield a beautiful, salmon-colored dip. This recipe is highly customizable and we encourage you to try your own variations and mix-ins! Let us know if you made this beet hummus and what your results were! Tag us on social media using the hashtag #WifeyChef and we will be sure to respond!Print
Beet Hummus with Feta Cheese and Walnuts! A slightly sweet/slightly tangy beet hummus. This recipe will yield a lovely, salmon-colored dip with many servings!
- (4) pre-cooked, vacuum-packed beets (i.e. these bad boys, found in produce section of almost any grocery store)
- (1) 16 oz. can garbanzo beans/chickpeas, halfway drained
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp sesame seed
- 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper (or to taste)
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, divided (plus more for serving)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, divided (plus more for serving)
- 1/4 cup olive oil (NOTE: this amount of oil lends a thick, creamy beet hummus. Adjust oil to taste and desired consistency; add water to thin as needed.)
- Assorted vegetables or falafel chips, for serving
- Add first 9 ingredients, listed above, to a high-powered blender (Vitamix/Blendtec) or a food processor. Add 1/4 cup of the divided feta cheese, and 1/4 cup of the divided walnuts.
- Blend/pulse until smooth.
- Add olive oil in a slow stream (through the blender top opening), blending or pulsing on low speed to incorporate, until desired consistency is reached. (To thin, add small amount of oil or water in small increments, until satisfied)
- Chill until ready to serve, then top with additional 1/4 cup of divided feta cheese and 1/4 cup of divided chopped walnuts.
- Serve with fresh vegetable crudite and/or falafel chips, arranged on a beautiful platter!
NOTE: As the beet hummus dwindles down layer by layer, continue to refresh the top layer with a bit of feta cheese and chopped walnuts. The feta/walnut topping really helps meld all of the sweet/tangy flavors together!