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Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus

Here’s a classic hummus recipe with the superfood kale blended in:  Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus

Kale Hummus

I realize that some of you might be frightened of this not-so-well-known green:  kale.  I must admit… I had to learn to like it.  If you try it in a salad– like just making a salad with kale and eating it, you probably won’t like it.  Kale is one of those greens that you have to work with a bit to make it taste really good.  It can have a bitter taste and tough texture, so for salads… you need to pair it with the right flavors, and you need massage the dressing into the salad a little to let it marinate for a while.  If you make your salad right, kale is delicious.  In this recipe, kale is blended into a classic hummus recipe to make a delicious appetizer dip.  And since kale is the ultimate superfood packed with antioxidants and vitamins, that makes this appetizer recipe extra good for you!

Let Them Eat Kale Cookbook

This recipe comes from a book called, Let Them Eat Kale:  Simple and Delicious Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Superfood by Julia Mueller.  There are 75 recipes in the book- covering breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  I’ve made the Thai Coconut Soup with Brown Rice and Chicken (my family loved it), and I also made the Classic Guacamole with Kale (yum!).  Here are a few recipes that are luring me in:  Orange Creamsicle Kale Smoothie, Spanish Cauliflower “Rice,” Zesty Kale Slaw, Minestrone Soup with Quinoa, Chili Verde Shredded Chicken Enchiladas and Lemony Braised Chicken and Kale.  This book will have you craving kale for sure, even if you never thought you’d do so!

Kale Hummus Recipe

Besides kale, there is a good dose of roasted garlic blended into this hummus recipe.  It makes for an amazing dip.  My family enjoyed it with pita bread and carrots.  It’s definitely a unique twist on hummus.  Any time you can sneak more nutrition into a recipe without making it taste like it’s trying to be healthy is okay by me!

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 7 cloves garlic
  • One 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup tightly packed kale leaves
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • olive oil, for serving
  • pita or veggies, for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Wrap the garlic cloves (skin on) in aluminum foil and place in the oven to roast for 20 minutes.  Allow garlic to cool before peeling the skin off.
  3. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.  Thin out with the 3rd tablespoon of water, as needed.
  4. Serve hummus with olive oil drizzled on top and with pita or fresh veggies for dipping.
*If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use a brand of garbanzo beans that is GF.
SOURCE:  RecipeGirl.com (reprinted with permission from Let Them Eat Kale by Julia Mueller)

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10 Responses to “Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus”

  1. postedApr 30, 2015 4:29 AM

    I admit it – I am kind of terrified of kale.  But if anything can get me with the program, it’s hummus and all that garlic!  Maybe this is the recipe that gets my courage up to try it! 🙂

  2. postedApr 30, 2015 6:48 AM

    Yes, you do have to work with kale and find out how you like it.
    I love hummus so I’l give this a try.

  3. postedApr 30, 2015 7:15 AM

    Wahoooo! Thank you so much for the shout out and for trying out the kale hummus! I love that hummus on sandwiches and inside pitas or just on a spoon, ha! I can’t thank you enough for your kind words and encouragement, Lori!! xoxo

  4. postedApr 30, 2015 10:25 AM
    JoAnn W

    I love kale just barely steamed and mix it into any recipe that calls for greens.  I will be making this hummus this week, and I can tell by reading the recipe that it will be delicious!  Thanks for sending!

  5. postedApr 30, 2015 11:47 AM

    This looks great, Lori! I love eating hummus with toasted pita chips, so finding a way to incorporate a healthy green like Kale into it is awesome! Thank you for sharing what I can only imagine is a superb recipe! xo

  6. postedApr 30, 2015 2:10 PM

    I am not afraid of kale! And I love the bright green healthiness of this gorgeous recipe. 

  7. postedMay 1, 2015 8:28 AM

    What beautiful pics! I LOVE me some kale!!!! A MUST for this weekend!! Thank you.

  8. postedMay 1, 2015 7:39 PM

    Kale is something I eat weekly, so you’d think I’d have this cookbook by now!  This dip looks like just the thing I need to make for my next appetizer!

  9. postedMay 2, 2015 6:41 PM

    What a great idea! Sneaking the healthy benefits of kale into the delicious creamy dip of hummus! Love!

  10. postedMay 4, 2015 2:09 PM

    Ohhh, I like the idea of adding kale to hummus!

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