Zucchini hummus may be one of the best ways to use up that vegetable that just keeps on giving in the garden. What’s even cooler about this recipe is that it’s a bean-free hummus! We still call it hummus as it has tahini, which is full of calcium and flavor. I’ll share with you all the different ways you can use this hummus in the summer months while zucchini is in season.
I don’t buy any zucchini during the summer and thankfully get my Dad’s extra ones. They have so many they end up juicing them and storing them for winter baked goods. We do the same and preserve some jars of shredded zucchini for our favorite chocolate zucchini muffins. Zucchini hummus is a great savory way to use this veggie, and kids like it too.
Health benefits of Zucchini Hummus
Zucchini is packed with beneficial nutrients including Vitamins C and A, potassium, folate, and fiber. What’s even better is adding in tahini (from sesame seeds) which contains calcium that is very easy for our bodies to absorb. (yes, even better than dairy!) Ginger helps boost your digestion, and lemon juice increases that Vitamin C even more. Avocado is our heart-healthy fat that will keep your blood sugar in check.
Play around with the recipe to make it as zippy as you like, more garlic is better for the body if you can tolerate the kick! Garlic has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and does a body good. If this zucchini hummus is for the adults, add in a little extra garlic and ginger for extra spice!
How to Make Zucchini Hummus
- 1 zucchini, peeled and roughly chopped
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup tahini
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½" fresh ginger, grated
- 1 small garlic clove
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- pinch cayenne pepper
- Add all ingredients into a food processor. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides.
- Store in the refrigerator in a glass container for up to four days.
How to Use Zucchini Hummus
The easiest way to serve zucchini hummus is as a dip, either with your favorite vegetables, gluten-free crackers or pretzels.
Get more creative and use it as a spread in a sandwich or wrap, using lots of fresh vegetables to boost the nourishment of your lunch.
Ready for more? You can smother some of your favorite summer vegetables with the hummus and roast them! Roasting with any kind of hummus is amazing, and trying to do this with zucchini hummus is another fun way to mix up your usual dinner favorites.
Lastly, add a little extra olive oil and give it a good shake. You’ve got a new salad dressing to spruce up a simple garden salad during the week.
When you try it, leave a note about how you use your zucchini hummus!
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About Emily Roach
Emily Roach is a culinary nutrition expert and works with clients to create a healthy lifestyle design. She loves teaching her kids how to cook, playing tennis and inspiring women to take control of their health. Emily does one-on-one consulting, cooking workshops and speaking engagements.