Taken from a women I befriended while in Turkey, this Lemon Garlic Hummus recipe will WOW you! The creamy texture and flavor from tahini is delicious.

When I was in Turkey a few years ago, I ate the best hummus I have ever had (at every meal, every day)!  I was so fortunate to strike up a conversation with the charming cook in a small restaurant while in Izmir.  I was SO lucky to chat with her for a bit and talk ALL ABOUT THE AMAZING FOOD she made at her small family style restaurant. She allowed me to sample a few things, including freshly ground tahini.  WHAT A TREAT!  Tahini is sesame seed paste, and it a adds flavor and a level of DELICIOUS to any dish.  The other day, I was reminiscing about my trip, and I decided to make the recipe that the woman told me and that I wrote down on a paper place mat.  I am so glad I did (and glad I didn’t loose the folded up place mat either!) This May Contain Affiliate Links

Here’s what you need:

  1. One 14 ounce can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  2. Juice of 1 lemon
  3. 3 drops of Lemon Vitality Young Living Essential Oil (I amended the recipe by adding a few drops the oil)
  4. 2 garlic gloves
  5. 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  7. 2/3 cup tahini paste
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  9. flat leaf parsley to garnish
  10. paprika to dust on top

Here’s what you do: 

  1. Puree the chickpeas in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Add all ingredients into the food processor, except the parsley and the paprika, and blend until creamy.  Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl between the processing.
  3. Place in a bowl.  Drizzle with a small amount of additional olive oil and paprika.
  4. Garnish with parsley.
  5. Enjoy with toasted pita bread or bulgar,  (Bulgar is a a wheat grain that has an incredibly delicious nutty, hearty flavor. )

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