Dec. 6, 2022 | CHH Foundation, News
by Bradley Burck

Healthy Recipe: Classic Hummus

Huntington's Kitchen

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Chef Marty’s Classic Hummus Recipe!

This recipe is used by Chef Marty Emerson at Huntington’s Kitchen to teach children how to prepare healthy foods for themselves. Find out how Chef Marty makes his classic hummus.

Classic Hummus

While this Middle Eastern dish has been around for eight centuries, it’s only been in the last 25 years that it has taken America by storm. Its popularity here has helped propel sales worldwide, with global revenues for hummus projected to reach $1 billion by 2026. And why not? Hummus is nutritious, helps lower cholesterol, is gluten- and lactose-free, and contains cancer-preventing properties. Plus, you can enjoy it on everything from pita chips to crackers.


  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/3 cup tahini paste
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 roasted garlic cloves

Optional Ingredients

  • Hot sauce
  • Smoked paprika
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Edamame
  • Dried basil
  • Avocado


When adding in extra ingredients for flavor or added nutrient value, adjust liquid addition to reach desired thickness.


  1. Open cans of chickpeas and drain, reserving about 2 tablespoons of the juice. Add both cans and reserved juice to a food processor or blender.
  2. Make sure tahini is well-stirred, and add 1/3 cup to the chickpeas.
  3. Juice the two lemons and add to processor as well.
  4. Add the cloves of roasted garlic.
  5. Turn the food processor on and drizzle in olive oil until desired thickness.
  6. Serve with toasted whole grain pita triangles or cut vegetables.

Possible Combos

  1. Roasted garlic and edamame hummus
  2. Spicy roasted red pepper hummus (garlic, paprika, hot sauce)
  3. Lemon basil hummus (lemon zest, lemon juice, dried basil)
  4. Garlic avocado hummus
  5. Top with chopped olives, parsley, olive oil, or dried spice


Download a PDF of Chef Marty’s Classic Hummus Recipe

Thank You

Thank you to Walmart for the grant to use this recipe to teach children in Central Appalachia about nutrition!

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