What to do with Leftover Hummus - 13 Delicious Ideas
Believe it or not, you can do much more with hummus than just using it as an appetizer or party dip. Hummus makes a great complement with a variety of vegetables, and you can also use it as a filling for paninis, wraps and sandwiches. It makes a healthy snack that can be conveniently used to replace mayonnaise. If you love the garlicky tang of hummus, you would never want it to go wasted. If you have leftover hummus in your refrigerator, read this oneHOWTO article to get some great ideas on what to do with leftover hummus.
Hummus to substitute mayonnaise
If you're looking to increase your protein intake, a great idea is to use hummus as a low-calorie substitute for mayonnaise.
At oneHOWTO we suggest you use it to make some delicious deviled eggs. Take a look at the original recipe and simply add ¼ cup hummus and ¼ cup olive oil for eight egg yolks.
If you are planning to make a California club sandwich with meat, toast a few whole wheat breads, and top with bacon, turkey, sprouts, tomatoes and avocado. Normally, you would use mayonnaise in this recipe, but you can replace it with hummus to add a healthier twist to it.
Hummus for pasta
Use leftover hummus to create a healthy pasta sauce. To make this recipe, mix equal amounts of hummus and plain Greek yogurt in a bowl, toss some cooked whole wheat pasta, and use it as a healthy and tasty Alfredo sauce.
Add some grilled zucchini, tomatoes, feta and yellow squash on a flatbread, and spread some leftover hummus on it when it is still warm. You may also add some leftover tabbouleh in this recipe.
Hummus in salads
Another great way to use leftover hummus is to use it in salads, as there are many combinations that will taste delicious with it and will add an extra flavor to it.
Chicken salad cups
To make chicken salad cups using leftover hummus, mix some hummus with a little Greek yogurt, and give it a seasoning with a few drops of lemon juice. Add some tomato, olives, feta, shallot and rotisserie chicken pieces to it, and spoon the mixture into lettuce leaves. Embellish with chopped parsley and fresh dill.
Hummus salad dressing
You can make a healthier salad dressing with leftover hummus by whisking 2 tbsp of lemon juice in ½ cup of hummus, adding 1 tbsp of water into it and seasoning with pepper and salt
Hummus with chicken
Mixing hummus with chicken is a staple, as the combination of flavors will open your tastebuds like you've never imagined.
Smear some leftover hummus over some chicken breast and you will totally forget about the conventional flour and egg mixture. The garlicky taste of hummus will create a light crust on your meat. When you spoon it over the baking dish with vegetables, it will actually pool like a light sauce in the oven.
Mini Chicken burgers
You may replace eggs with hummus to bind mini chicken burgers. Saute ¼ cup red onion and ¼ cup celery in a saucepan, and mix it with a pound of chicken ground. Add ¼ cup leftover hummus, 3 tbsp breadcrumbs, fresh herbs and spices to it. Pour this mixture into small patties and pan fry them with little oil in a skillet. You are free to experiment with the herbs and spices to best suit your taste.
Cut off tops of a few cherry tomatoes, scoop their seeds out, and fill their inside with hummus using a piping bag. You can fill different flavored hummus in each tomato individually. Hummus can also make a very nice topping for tomato slices.
Hummus as sushi filling
Making vegetarian sushi using leftover hummus is a great idea altogether. Slice zucchini into thin wide strips using a vegetable peeler. Spread hummus in thin layers on each of these zucchini strips. Layer with some chopped vegetables of your choice, roll them up and secure using a toothpick.
Hummus for a new dip
Here’s one way to make a chickpea dip with leftover hummus. Take 1 ½ cups of hummus in an over-safe baking dish, drizzle 2 tbsp of melted butter on top of it, add 2 tbsp of toasted pine nuts on it, and sprinkle a pinch of red pepper flakes on the top. Bake in the oven at 400˚ until all of the butter is absorbed. This can take around 15 minutes. Squeeze in half a tsp of lemon juice, and use it as a dip with crusty bread.
Use as sour cream
Use as a substitute for sour cream or butter. If you are going to make a wrap, sandwich or burger, use hummus instead of butter or sour cream. By doing this, you will have a healthier alternative to use. Use in bake potatoes instead of sour cream, or top toasted whole grain rye bread with hummus along with eggplant, bell pepper and onion.
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