Za’atar White Bean Hummus is made with simple ingredients in just minutes! A gorgeous blend of za’atar spice gives this White Bean Hummus a true Middle Eastern flare.
I’ve been on SUCH a Middle Eastern/Indian cuisine kick lately. We had a One Skillet Garam Masala Chicken last week, Sweet Potato Falafel Nourish Bowls before that, and I’ve been whipping up Tikka Masala for home dinners like nobody’s business. So let’s just keep the party going!
Za’atar has become my next major obsession. Not only does it give this White Bean Hummus a true eastern Mediterranean flare, but it’s good on everything! I’ve been sprinkling it on chicken, tossing it with carrots & cauliflower, roasting chickpeas with it, adding it to potatoes, dipping naan bread in it… I mean, really, I could probably eat dessert with the stuff!
Za’atar means “thyme” in Arabic, but it’s so much more than just that! Za’atar typically contains thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac, toasted sesame seeds, and salt, but there are many other variations. It’s easy to make at home, but for this recipe, I went ahead and used a store-bought za’atar blend. I always reach for the Manitou brand of za’atar and it’s a sad day when I’m out!
This White Bean Hummus is incredibly easy to make, and it’s a lovely variation on the traditional chickpea version! I was really craving a couple weeks ago. I often use it in place of salad dressing, and it would’ve gone perfectly with the carrots and cauliflower I was roasting for lunch. But I didn’t have any hummus. And it was the middle of winter, so I was definitely not running to the store for it (especially while the oven was on!).
Lightbulb moment: I had everything I needed to make my own! So, naturally, when I opened the closet door (yes, we store canned goods in a closet – apartment life), a can of Great Northern beans was staring back at me. White Bean Hummus was born and it made a fantastic dressing for my carrot salad.
This Za’atar White Bean Hummus is incredibly smooth and creamy! We’ll add tahini, of course, and some olive oil, but I also took the liberty of keeping the fat content a bit lower by adding some of the liquid from the can of beans. This gives us a wonderful creamy texture without adding extra oil! It might sound a bit crazy, but I promise you won’t even taste it.
White beans are an excellent source of plant protein and fiber. One cup provides 15 grams of protein and nearly 50% of your daily fiber requirements! They also boast an abundance of B-Vitamins and folate. White beans not only help stabilize blood sugar levels but can prevent many types of cancer.
If that isn’t enough, tahini is added to the mix, giving you minerals such as phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, and iron. It’s also high in B-Vitamins, Vitamin E, and unsaturated fats (the good kind!).
This recipe is naturally gluten free and vegan/vegetarian and will keep in the refrigerator safely for up to 5 days. You could also freeze it for up to a few months! If you’re me, it’s gone within two days (less if there’s pita bread lying around…).
Not sure how to use hummus?
- Dip raw veggies in it or use it in place of salad dressing
- Dip pita bread or pita chips in it!
- Replace your traditional sandwich spread with a layer of hummus
- Spread a layer on top of chicken breasts before baking
- Use it as a spread in breakfast wraps with egg, kale, and tomatoes
- Make a Mediterranean-inspired pizza using hummus in place of sauce!
Those should be enough ideas to keep you going!
What’s your favorite way to use hummus?
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Creamy White Bean Hummus gets kicked up a notch with the addition of Middle Eastern Za'atar Seasoning! Serve with pita chips, fresh vegetables, or as a salad dressing.
- 1 (14-oz.) can Great Northern or cannellini beans, reserve the liquid
- 2 Tbsp reserved white bean liquid
- 2 Tbsp tahini
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 - 1 tsp salt, to taste
- 1 Tbsp Za'atar seasoning
- Minced parsley, for garnish
Add the white beans, 2 Tbsp reserved liquid, tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp salt to a high-powered blender. Blend for several minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides, until the hummus is creamy and smooth. Add more salt if necessary.
Pour the hummus onto a serving plate and top with 1 Tbsp Za'atar seasoning and fresh minced parsley. Serve with pita chips or pita bread or fresh vegetables.
Nutrition Information per Serving:
Calories: 95 Protein: 4g Carbs: 8g Fat: 6g Fiber: 3g