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Lemony Artichoke Hummus

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Lemony Artichoke Hummus ~ a flavorful variation on one of my favorite Middle Eastern dips, this hummus will become a new favorite.

Lemony Artichoke Hummus on a plate garnished with lemon slices and chickpeas.

I was thinking, as I was carefully slipping the skins off my just cooked chickpeas, that hummus is the epitome of good, healthy fast food, since a can of chickpeas, a dollop of tahini, a clove of garlic and a squeeze of lemon whizzes up in a blender in no time.  But it can also symbolize what slow food is all about if you do it like I did today, using dried beans that need to be soaked overnight, then boiled, and then, if you really want to do it right, need to be separated from their skins, one by one, leaving behind just the glossy beans with nothing to interfere with the silky smooth texture of a really good hummus.

Chickpeas on a kitchen towel for Lemony Artichoke Hummus.

Usually I’m all over trying new variations when it comes to my favorite foods.  But there’s something about hummus.  Hummus just doesn’t want to be messed with.  At least not too much.   An extra shot of lemon and a can of artichoke hearts makes this one a little different, but not too different, from the classic.

Lemony Artichoke Hummus on a plate with an artichoke.
A plate of Lemony Artichoke Hummus garnished with lemon slices and chickpeas.

I love this lemony artichoke hummus as an appetizer with some warm pita bread or sliced vegetables, or you can easily make a meal out of it, too.  I garnished mine with a few thin slices of lemon and a handful of extra chickpeas.

Close up photo of Lemony Artichoke Hummus garnished with lemon slices and chickpeas.
Hummus is an endlessly variable dish and I’ve got many recipes on the blog, from Warm Hummus with Mushrooms to Hummus with Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs.  But if you don’t know where to begin, start with my 50 Ways to Hack Your Hummus! I guarantee you’ll find plenty of inspiration there.

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Lemony Artichoke Hummus


  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 can artichoke hearts drained
  • 1/2 cup tahini sesame paste
  • 2 garlic cloves smashed
  • juice of 3 lemons
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 1/3 cup water
  • good extra virgin olive oil for garnish


  • Put the chickpeas, artichoke hearts, tahini, garlic, and the lemon juice and zest into the bowl of a food processor or a strong blender.
  • Begin processing, and add the water to thin out the mixture.  Blend until very smooth, scraping down the sides occasionally.  Add the salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spoon onto a shallow bowl, and drizzle the olive oil over it.  Serve with pita bread.


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    August 31, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Really delicious – love the addition of the artichoke!
    Mary x

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    thyme (Sarah)
    June 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Mmmmm. Sue, I can’t tell you how much we like just plain ‘ol deliciously homemade hummus. We put roasted red peppers in ours and everyone loved that but we gravitate right back to the simple rustic creaminess of original hummus. Yours looks delicious. I haven’t tried soaking and then my own chickpeas. I didn’t even know they had skins on them so you are teaching me wonderful new tidbits!!

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    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits
    June 3, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Very creative! That sounds even better than classic hummus. I known what I’ll be doing next time I make it.

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    June 2, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Such a beautiful presentation for your hummus! Love the flavors…lemon and artichoke perfect together!

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    June 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    What a great way to change up the traditional hummus. Lemon and artichoke are great together. I don’t know why I never thought to incorporate them into hummus. Looks sooo light and fluffy.

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    Magnolia Verandah
    June 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Maybe I might like artichokes done like this.

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    June 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Marvelous combination, Sue! We do love hummus AND artichokes! Never thought to put them together.
    (BTW: hummers used to be our drink of choice! 🙂 )

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    May 31, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    The prettiest hummus ever! I am partial to lemon hummus – usually lap it up with breadsticks but now I know that the artichoke is the way to go!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    May 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I know, hummus is so good all by itself it’s hard to change it up. Hope you’re having a nice getaway!

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    May 31, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Oh, Sue, this is happening as soon as I get back home. I am not always a fan of homemade hummus recipes, as I much prefer a simple garlic version. However, this one sounds fantastic.