Sun-dried Tomato and Pesto Hummus

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Hummus

Like fireworks on the 4th of July, when hummus meets basil, you get an explosion. Replace the fire with flavor, and I think you’ll get what I mean.

Pesto is my summer jam, and hummus is my year-round lunch buddy. Combining the two spreads seemed natural, and as I’ve discovered, works to create one of my favorite matches. It’s also a quick go-to of mine for picnics and potlucks, and may just make it onto tomorrow’s tableclothed agenda.

Honestly, I feel like you can rarely go wrong when adding pesto to a savory dish. It’s a highly flavorful spread, yet its intensity is rarely offensive to anyone. Pesto is no puttanesca. It’s not made from any sort of divisive ingredient like stinky anchovies or soapy cilantro. (Although, I quite like both of those myself). Rather, pesto is a garlic and basil beast, and if you don’t like those two ingredients, then you might as well leave my blog. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, I’m not sure I’ve met anyone yet who doesn’t like pesto. If this were the case, my jaw would likely be waiting for me on the floor. (Side note: I have met a few folks who have a hatred for guacamole. I consider myself lucky to still have that lower jaw of mine attached.)

In short, pesto is a people-pleaser. Combine it with hummus, and toss in a few sun-dried tomatoes, and your picnic dish is sure to get eaten up. Just make sure to whip up a little extra and leave it at home for yourself. This makes for a great, portable lunchtime meal that will store well all week.

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Hummus

  • Sun-dried Tomato and Pesto Hummus


    • -1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained
    • -2 Tbsp. sundried tomatoes
    • -1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. pesto
    • -1 Tbsp. lemon juice
    • -1 Tbsp. sesame tahini
    • -3 Tbsp. warm water
    • -2 Tbsp. cilantro
    • -1/4 tsp. pepper
    • -Salt, to taste


    1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Serve with bread/pita or crackers.


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  • Reply
    The Candid RD
    July 3, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Great recipe for national eat your beans day! I just love basil/pesto, so I can only imagine this to be delicious!

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    July 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    For a vegetarian such as myself any help goes a long way when it comes to people pleaser dishes!
    Thanks a lot for creating this rocking recipe by combining two of my all time favorite spreads with sun dried tomatoes.
    Will share with you how it came out.

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    July 4, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I feel like i’ve had basil hummus before but I don’t think I’ve ever had both hummus and basil as separate components on a sandwich! Love this pairing.

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    July 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Love new versions of hummus, this look looks fantastic!

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    Irina @ wandercrush
    July 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    What a nice thick slab of hummus! And I always love throwing sun-dried tomatoes in there to brighten it up šŸ™‚ The pesto pairing is new to me, though it sounds lovely.

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