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Kale and Garlic Hummus

Kale and Garlic Hummus

I’m pretty loose with the ingredient quantities below, because I like making my hummus “to taste” depending on my mood, the weather, and whatever music happens to be playing at the moment. Since it’s easy to add more of the secondary ingredients (like lemon juice or olive oil), start with a smaller amount of those and add more until you like how it tastes. Remember, it’s easy to add, but really, really hard to subtract!
Course Dips, Spreads
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Calories 152 kcal
Author Andrew Wilder


  • 2-3 cups fresh kale
  • 1 can garbanzo beans chickpeas, drained and rinsed or 1 1/2 cups cooked beans
  • 1/4 cup tahini sesame seed paste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus a little for drizzling
  • 2-4 cloves fresh garlic coarsely chopped (or use roasted garlic for a deeper, but less spicy, flavor)
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons water optional
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • plain or smoked ground paprika for sprinkling (optional)


  1. Chop the kale into large pieces, and steam them in a double-boiler or steam basket until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. In a food processor with a multipurpose "S" blade, add the beans and kale first, then the remaining ingredients except the optional water (add that later if you want the hummus to be a bit creamier). For the tahini, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice, be sure to start with the lower amount and add more later.
  3. Process the ingredients for about 20-30 seconds, until the mixture starts becoming smooth. Scrape any beans stuck to the side, so it will mix evenly.
  4. Taste and add more of any of the ingredients to your liking. Process until you reach the desired consistency.
  5. Before serving, drizzle a little olive oil on top, then sprinkle with some paprika. Enjoy your kale and garlic hummus with whole wheat pita, on your crackers or bagel, or with veggie sticks!

Recipe Notes

1. I made this in our food processor, but it'll also work with a regular blender or an immersion blender - it just won't come out quite as smooth.

2. Because I was in a hurry, I used canned beans, drained and well-rinsed – of course you could use dried beans and prepare them the night before. In a pinch, you could also adapt this to use garbanzo bean flour.