Restaurant-Style Hummus

This restaurant-style hummus was originally published in August 2012. The post has been updated as of September 14, 2017 with new photos, text and improved recipe instructions!

Let’s chat about a deliciously basic snack. That is so smooth and so creamy that the entire batch will mysteriously disappear in no time flat.

And by mysterious, what I really mean is that somehow your husband finds the container that you hid in the back of the fridge and proceeds to enjoy it as his own snack … thereby foiling your plan to hoard it all to yourself. Not that I know ANYTHING about such behavior. Nope, nothing.

Dreamy restaurant-style hummus! Perfectly smooth, creamy and easy to make! Great for snacking or parties!

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that this sweet potato hummus with roasted garlic is still my all-time favorite flavor. BUT. Sometimes you just want plain hummus, know what I mean?

And this recipe, my friends, is it. My basic go-to plain hummus that is SO SMOOTH, SO LIGHT, SO FLUFFY! That you’ll totally understand why I try to keep it all to myself. None of this sharing business. <— I swear, I really do have manners. Just not when it comes to hummus apparently.

Side note – is it weird to call hummus fluffy? I feel like it is, but it’s just a perfect way to describe this snack time goodness. Fluffy! And creamy! And dreamy! Okay, I’m stopping now.

But wait, it gets even better. There’s no peeling of the chickpea skins required! I know that so many people swear by this trick for getting the smoothest hummus around, but I just have zero patience for this task. I’m not totally sure why since I tend to enjoy mindless things in the kitchen. But peeling chickpeas? Nope, not happening.

So the fact that the method used in today’s recipe results in super smooth and creamy hummus without having to peel is a major win! Well, at least for little ol’ me.

And with football back in town (i.e. it’s the start of appetizer season!), I think it’s high time for you to get your hummus on. With crunchy veggies and warm naan for dipping! Simple, healthy and oh so very tasty. Now that’s how we do appetizers!

This creamy restaurant-style hummus is perfect for snacking or entertaining! Easy to make and perfectly smooth and fluffy!

So, let’s move along to some tips & tricks for the recipe:

  1. I feel silly even saying this, but please be sure to follow the steps as written! It will likely seem a tad bit different than normal if you make a lot of hummus at home, but the method is really what makes this so smooth and fluffy! So just do it, okay!?
  2. For the fresh lemon juice, I find I need about 1 ½ to 2 medium lemons to get the required 3 tablespoons. But this will depend on the juiciness of your lemons (the ones by us have been so meh lately)!
  3. Please note that the recipe calls for coarse salt!! If you don’t have any on hand, you can use regular / fine sea salt instead but be sure to start with a lower amount!! And then add more to your taste.
  4. As with all hummus, feel free to tinker with the spices and seasonings as desired.
  5. This isn’t really a tip, but I LOVE to make this hummus for entertaining … and then serve with tons of different options for dipping (so fun!). The whole thing can be made in advance AND it is so friendly to different diets. Always a plus.

Go get your hummus on! And then dunk away my friends, dunk away!

This creamy, dreamy restaurant-style hummus is a perfect snack! So smooth and fluffy, without having to peel the chickpeas!

Yield: about 2 ½ cups

Restaurant-Style Hummus

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Dreamy restaurant-style hummus! Perfectly smooth, creamy and easy to make! Great for snacking or parties!

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  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • 6 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • additional olive oil, for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and water. In another small bowl, whisk together the tahini and olive oil until smooth.
  2. Set aside a small handful of the chickpeas for garnish, then add the remaining chickpeas, the garlic, salt, cumin and cayenne to the bowl of a food processor. Process for about 15 to 20 seconds, until finely ground. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. With the food processor running, slowly pour in the lemon water mixture. Process for 1 minute, then stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Turn the food processor back on and slowly pour in the tahini olive oil mixture. Process for 1 additional minute, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. Transfer the hummus to an airtight container and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld. When ready to enjoy, top with the reserved chickpeas, the cilantro and a drizzle of olive oil! Serve with chips, naan, veggies, whatever you like!