Chopped Za’atar Hummus Dip

Oh my goodness!! This Chopped Za’atar Hummus Dip is a real treat and so different, we just know you are going to like it.  We made this Za’atar Hummus Dip took it to a meeting and, after all the positive comments, we just have to share it with you.  Wondering what Za’atar is?

Za’atar is a traditional and popular spice blend of the Middle East with a unique zesty flavor made from toasted white Sesame Seeds, Thyme, Sumac, Marjoram, Savory, and Salt. We love this spice blend and couldn’t imagine anything more perfect to pair with hummus!

This recipe is a chopped and layered hummus dip, with lots of texture, Middle Eastern flavor, color, and freshness. The hummus, chopped veggies, cheese and spices work together to make this dip one of the tastiest we have ever had. This is a unique hummus dip recipe that you won’t forget.  It is a little zany and a whole lot of deliciousness.  We made this garbanzo bean dip with our garbanzo beans right from our very own farm. We would also like to add that using dried garbanzo beans in your hummus gives you a much creamier hummus than using canned. It may take some more time but it is well worth it.   By now your taste buds are watering, right?

You may wish to make this hummus extra smooth because of layering it on top of the yogurt, so we suggest you remove as many of the skins as you can.  For Step #3, we place the beans in a colander (saving the cooking water of course) and begin to rinse the beans under cool water.  We rinse our beans using our water spray unit holding it close to the beans while gently turning the beans with a wooden spoon.  The bean temperature change encourages the majority of the skins to loosen and fall off.  Then we place the skins on a sheet pan, spread them out, pick out the loose skins and dispose of them, and continue with Step #4 to the end of the recipe.

We hope you love this recipe as much as we do! It is a great use of hummus and will wow anyone! Plus have you seen how beautiful it is? Our mouths are still watering! We recommend plating it for a small crowd and delicious!  We like to scoop this garbanzo bean dip with tortilla chips. We were inspired by Tablespoon to make this great recipe.

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Chopped Za'atar Hummus Recipe

 Prep Time 15 Minutes
Total Time 65 Minutes
Ingredients 13
Servings 12-15

Za'atar Hummus Ingredients

  • 3 cups of water 
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives, quartered
  • ½ cup finely crumbled feta cheese 
  • 1 medium Romo tomato, seeded, diced
  • ½ cup diced English cucumber
  • 1-2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Za’atar seasoning blend
  • 3/4 cup dried garbanzo beans
  • 1 3/4 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 3/4 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

How to Make Za'atar Hummus

  1. Soak the ¾ of a cup of garbanzo beans for 6-8 hours in 3 cups of water.
  2. Rinse and discard water.
  3. Place rehydrated beans in pot cover with two inches of water and bring to boil.
  4. Boil for about 50 minutes or until you can squish them with the back of a fork.
  5. Drain and set aside cooking water, rinse under cold water for 2 minutes.
  6. Remove skins from cooked beans. (optional)
  7. Place sesame seeds and olive oil in your food processor and blend them together.
  8. Add garbanzo beans and 1 ½ tsp seasonings to the food processor and blend. Gradually add some of the garbanzo bean water until the hummus is as creamy as desired.
  9. To serve up the dip, spread the yogurt onto a small platter.
  10. Carefully spread out the hummus on top of the yogurt.
  11. The sprinkle on the parsley, lemon peel, salt and pepper, olives, tomatoes, cheese and cucumbers.
  12. Sprinkle Za’atar seasoning blend equally over the entire top of the hummus.
  13. Drizzle the olive oil on top. Enjoy!

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