Loaded Hummus

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My love for hummus runs deep. I’ve told you guys all about my perfect hummus recipe before. It’s smooth and airy and perfectly seasoned. Today it’s getting a facelift to become Loaded Hummus!

Loaded Hummus from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

I guess technically it’s not a face lift because we aren’t doing major surgery… but we are giving it a bit of a makeover. Recently I was introduced to all these toppings you can put on hummus and essentially it’s a salad / hummus combo that you eat with pita chips and then live happily ever after!! After you’re done peeling the chickpeas (TRUST ME IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE) you whip up the hummus and then top it with red onions, feta cheese, pomegranate seeds, toasted chickpeas and some herbs. It’s not only gorgeous but a total winner!

Loaded Hummus from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Loaded Hummus

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 -6 people


  • 1 15- ounce can garbanzo beans drained and peeled
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2-3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice more as needed
  • 2-3 small cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt or more to taste
  • Water as needed


  • ½ cup chickpeas dried and roasted until just toasty
  • thinly sliced sliced red onion
  • fresh parsley
  • freshly crumbed feta
  • pomegranate seeds


  • In a food processor, blend the chickpeas by themselves for 1 minute until powdery clumps form.
  • Scrape down the sides and blend again until everything is the same consistency.
  • Add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt and blend until smooth. With the machine running, drizzle in 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until you get very smooth, light and creamy mixture.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt, garlic or lemon if needed.
  • To serve, top it with all the toppings sprinkled over the top, drizzle with olive oil and serve with freshly baked pita chips.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. I love hummus, but have never thought of adding my own delicious ingredients. Thank you for all the great ideas!

  2. This is spectacular — we eat so much hummus here we run out of ways to vary it up!

  3. I love making my own hummus but never thought of adding all the trimmings. This looks delicious and it will be coming with me to my next party!

  4. I would never think to top my hummus with that combination of ingredients but I LOVE IT! Making this over the weekend.

  5. Prettiest hummus ever! Especially love how the pomegranate looks like little jewels!

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  8. I made your loaded hummus for a party this week. THANK YOU! I have never really loved Hummus as it is so boring to me. The toppings made it delicious and just a stunning presentation. Making it again tonight for gourmet group. I did serve it with some homemade Parmesan, parsley won ton chips. To die for.

  9. I have made hummus a dozen times with my food processor. I just got my new Vitamix yesterday and had to try this recipe. The pomegranates threw me off a little but together with all the toppings work so well with the tartness of the pomegranates. Best hummus ever. I ate this all by myself and did not want to share. Maybe next time. Thanks Gabby for an amazing hummus recipe.

  10. Oh my goodness I just made your hummus and it’s incredible. I added a ripe avocado that I needed to use and some cucumber. Best hummus ever. Blending the garbanzos by themselves makes all the difference. Even better than Ina. Ssshhhhh.

  11. This recipe is gorgeous and so delicious!
    I have used st several dinner parties and it is always a hit! Thank you for posting a great appie.

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