Basil Pesto Hummus

Have you ever been to Zoe’s Kitchen? It’s kind of a fast-casual Mediterranean style restaurant and I’m obsessed with their basil pesto hummus. Then it occurred to me… why not make my own? So after a few attempts, I finally came up with a recipe that will satisfy my basil pesto hummus cravings! And the best part is, it’s pretty easy to whip up!

basil hummus recipe

Here’s the thing: If you want a super creamy, silky hummus… the trick is to peel the chickpeas. I know that probably sounds crazy but you basically just pinch the chickpeas between your thumb and middle finger and the skins pop right off. It only takes a few extra minutes but it really does make a difference. If you don’t want to do that step, I’ll forgive you. I’m lazy, and I get it. But if you really want a hummus that will knock your socks off, try it.

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 Basil Pesto Hummus

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Basil Pesto Hummus
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
  • 1 15oz can chickpeas, drained, reserving ¼ cup of the liquid from the can
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt (or to taste)
  1. Drain the chickpeas but reserve ¼ cup liquid from the can
  2. Peel the chickpeas by pinching them between your fingers until the skin pops off. Discard the skins.
  3. Put the chickpeas, liquid, basil, olive oil, garlic cloves, vinegar, and salt into a food processor.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. When serving, you can add a little olive oil or basil on top.

I’ve gone through three basil plants this summer (every time we’re out of town… it doesn’t survive) so I’ve been working really hard to keep this new one alive! Fresh basil just smells so amazing. You could try to substitute dried basil in this recipe but I can’t promise how it’ll turn out. Sometimes you just need the fresh stuff!

basil pesto hummus

I had mine with cucumbers and carrots but it would also be good scooped up with pita chips, massaged into a kale salad as a dressing, or eaten with a spoon. This basil pesto hummus is packed with flavor. I might have to make another batch this weekend!

This basil pesto hummus recipe is a Zoe's Kitchen Copycat! It's perfect with raw veggies & pita or on top of a salad!

Looking for a more traditional pesto recipe? Try this easy basil pesto!

What’s your favorite kind of hummus?

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  1. This honestly looks amazing! I love pesto but it’s so hard to find vegan. My favorite hummus is probably roasted red pepper

  2. Love to make my own hummus! I’ve never heard of peeling the chick peas how interesting.

  3. What a great tip! Pinching chickpeas….haha I love it! I would have never thought to do that. I can hardly wait to try your recipe, it looks fantastic!

  4. Yum! I like to remove that shell too–its not yummy to eat! My niece (she’s 1) shells chickpeas with her mouth and spits out the shell…its so funny!
    I bet this would be so good on spaghetti squash!

  5. Drunken Thai Peanut Hummus! So amazing with carrots and celery! Yours looks good too!

  6. You are so right about peeling the chickpeas! I didn’t do that one time for a cookie recipe that had chickpeas and it was kind of a disaster.

  7. We actually have Zoe’s kitchen near me and I’m obsessed. It’s so good. I love hummus as well as pesto so I may need to try this out.

  8. I never thought of peeling chickpeas for a silkier hummus, but that is such a wonderful idea! We do have some basil that is hanging onto the tail end of summer; this would be DELICIOUS!

  9. Can’t wait to try this. I dry the chickpeas in a kitchen towel after i rinse them and most of the skins come off. Could be a little bit of a time saver 🙂

  10. Know how I peel my chickpeas easily? I lay them out on a soft kitchen towel, cover them up with the same towel, and gently roll them around. It takes the peel right off and then you can just grab the chickpeas and blend! Try it…

  11. This looks amazing !!! Love basil and love hummus!!

  12. I loveeee pesto and I love hummus so this looks absolutely perfect!

    Peeling chickpeas really is the trick to perfectly smooth hummus!

  13. All of my favorite things! Pesto and hummus joined together? Yes please!

  14. i have absolutely no patience to peel chickpeas 🙁

  15. Love this! Cannot believe I never thought to add balsamic vinegar, especially since I love that too.

  16. Ugh, I am definitely too lazy for that extra step BUT I’m never entirely happy with my hummus either. Maybe it’s time to man up and go for it!

  17. This looks delicious. And I love the tip of peeling.. just need to plan ahead next time I make hummus so I’m not in a rush.

  18. Pesto and hummus? 2 of my kitchen favorites. Looks delicious Liz.

  19. Angela says:

    This sounds wonderful! I have a ton of fresh basil…I know what I am making with it now 🙂

  20. Pinned this! I would love to have this for a party or a potluck. It look so easy to make.

  21. Love! Eating with a spoon is my fav way to eat hummus! Roasted red pepper is my fav, but now I def need to try this basil pesto one!
    The only thing I can eat at Zoe’s is the hummus! Everything else I’m allergic to!

  22. Yum! This sounds so delicious, and what a great tip about peeling the chickpeas for a creamier texture. I will definitely need to try that. Truth be told, I haven’t met a hummus I didn’t like! I love all kinds, but probably the super flavorful ones like roasted garlic, roasted red pepper, or white bean/black bean hummus are my favorites!


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