Deconstructed Hummus Salad

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Deconstructed Hummus Salad

Deconstructed Hummus Salad is a simple chickpea salad with all the components of a great hummus, and I think you’ll find lots of other uses for the creamy lemon tahini dressing, too…

Deconstructed Hummus Salad

Sometimes you have to tinker with something to really get to know it — take it apart, put it back together again — just to find out what makes it tick.  So today I’m channeling my inner 6 year old boy and constructing a salad with the primary ingredients of one of our favorite dips, without the blender so you can see and enjoy every component.

Deconstructed ChDeconstructed Hummus Salad has all the components of hummus, in salad form

I know I’ve mentioned before that my husband has a pretty intense affection for hummus.  I make it all the time and he panics if we run low on chickpeas.  This is a clever way to change up the menu a little bit without freaking him out too much.   And even if you aren’t addicted to hummus, there’s another reason to make this salad — beans are healthy!  They’ve got tons of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.  They also fight diabetes, they’re super heart healthy, and they can help you maintain the right weight.  One of the most recent longevity studies found that beans feature prominently in the diets of people that have made it to 100 and beyond.  We’re all supposed to be eating at least 3 cups of beans each week, and this salad is a great way to start.

Tahini lemon dressing for Deconstructed Hummus Salad

Tahini and lemon are the key flavors in the dressing.  Tahini is like a thin peanut butter, only it’s made from sesame seeds.  You’ll usually find it in the International section of your supermarket.  It’s got a nice, mild flavor, and I’ve even made it myself in food processor, the recipe’s here if you want to try.

Deconstructed Hummus Salad is a light but very healthy side dish

Toss this together for dinner and see what the family thinks, it”s a nice change of pace.  As bean salads go, this one is light and appealing, so if you have any bean-averse types at your table, try this out on them.

More summer bean salads to try ~



Deconstructed Hummus Salad
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Deconstructed Hummus Salad


  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • olive oil
  • 2 15- ounce cans of chickpeas
  • 1 cup parsley leaves well rinsed and dried
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced


  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice maybe more
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • Put a couple of teaspoons of olive oil in a skillet and heat on medium. Add the pine nuts and stir until toasted and browned, this will only take a few minutes. Stir constantly or they will burn. Set aside to cool.
  • Drain the beans and rinse them very well. Shake off all the excess water and put them in a large bowl.
  • Finely chop the parsley and add it to the bowl along with the garlic and the pine nuts.
  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients and add enough water (maybe up to 4 tablespoons) to thin it out a bit. Give it a taste and add more salt, or lemon, if you need it.
  • Toss the salad with enough dressing to coat well, and refrigerate for an hour or two to get it nice and chilled.
  • Add more dressing if needed just before serving.


  • Canned chickpeas are great, and I use them all the time.  I just make sure to rinse them well to remove the ‘canned’ flavor.  You can certainly use dried chickpeas that you have soaked and cooked.
  • As you can see I’ve taken a few liberties with the recipe and added parsley, which isn’t normally in hummus, but I thought the salad needed a little fresh green in there.  If you want to stray further from the hummus theme, other nice additions might be halved grape tomatoes, olives, red onion, and cucumber.
  • You can make this ahead and then re-fresh it with a little more dressing just before serving.


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    June 2, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Awesome idea! and no processor washing required. Thanks πŸ™‚

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    Alison @ Ingredients Inc.
    February 21, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    totally brilliant!

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    February 18, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Sue, I think you have the most creative recipe blog I follow. I appreciate that you came up with making a hummus that is all the great parts but sort of separate. I think I will like this little salad since I like things to have a chew. For example I prefer soups where I can see the veggies vs. the pureed and blended ones. Thanks for sharing your great idea!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    February 18, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I eat hummus with veggies just about every day, so this salad is my dream lunch!

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    February 18, 2016 at 7:01 am

    this is super clever, sue! it looks delicious and and it’s brilliant to incorporate tahini into the dressing! MUST try, for sure.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    February 18, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I am such a fan of deconstructed things πŸ™‚ My hummus-obsessed daughter would absolutely love this. I’ll surprise her with it!

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    Chris Scheuer
    February 18, 2016 at 5:19 am

    This is a wonderful idea Sue, an exciting alternative to everyday hummus!

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    Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    February 17, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Love your thinking! This salad is a meal on it’s own.

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    2 sisters recipes
    February 17, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Very nice Sue! We love bean salads and make them often- and your salad is very healthy, thanks for the recipe!

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    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily
    February 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    What an absolutely fabulous idea Sue!!! I love hummus & saladseven more! Now I can have both in one bowl!

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    February 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    That’s really brilliant!!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 17, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Wow this is so creative and I just can’t believe how simple and delicious – and I am so jealous I didn’t think of it!!!! Really … a wonderful way to enjoy hummus – and thanks for the reminder. I need to eat more! Beautiful photos Sue – an all around great post that I can’t wait to share πŸ™‚

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    Diane {Created by Diane}
    February 17, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Genius! I just love deconstructed recipes and this one is a sure-fire winner!

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      February 17, 2016 at 11:42 am

      I did it out of desperation, Diane — how many hummus’ can one woman make?

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        February 17, 2016 at 11:43 am

        Hummi? πŸ˜‰

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    February 17, 2016 at 11:29 am

    mmm..pine nuts!! This is a great salad, Sue.

    • Reply
      February 17, 2016 at 11:37 am

      I wish pine nuts were cheaper, I’d live on them.

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    Rosemary Wolbert | Sprigs of Rosemary
    February 17, 2016 at 11:28 am

    If only I could get my husband to be a hummus lover!!! But I’ll take it for myself. (I might be able to sneak in the dressing, though.)

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      February 17, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Be careful what you wish for Rosemary πŸ˜‰

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    February 17, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I always enjoy deconstructing dishes! And we’re moving into salad season, so this is a perfect one. Really good job with this — thanks.

    • Reply
      February 17, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Thanks John, I like this one because it’s do-able right from the pantry all year long.

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    February 17, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I just had to come see this, Sue! Such a beautiful salad and chickpeas are so good for you. I love pine nuts and the dressing brings it all together. Love it! Sharing πŸ™‚

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      February 17, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Robyn <3