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Parsley Hummus

If you like parsley and middle eastern flavors, you’ll love Parsley hummus, and you must try making this if you’re growing parsley in your garden! 

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I love parsley and middle eastern flavors, so this Parsley Hummus is something I’ve love for a snack with pita chips made from my favorite low-carb pita bread. This interesting version of hummus has lots of parsley, tahini, sesame oil, cumin, and lemon juice. If you have friends who like interesting flavors, make this and ask them what the seasonings are, and I doubt they’ll be able to guess.

In spite of a widespread belief that flat parsley is better, I love curly parsley. I grow flat Italian parsley too, but when I made this the curly parsley was looking more perky in the garden. Use any kind of parsley you prefer, but do give this a try when you want to expand your hummus options!

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How to Make Parsley Hummus:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Start by draining a can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) into a colander and rinsing well. Of course you can use freshly cooked chickpeas, but for hummus where the beans will be pureed, canned beans are perfect.
  2. Rinse the parsley and spin dry in salad spinner (affiliate link), or wipe dry with paper towels. I love this mini salad spinner that I use for herbs.
  3. Use the food processor to chop the parsley and garlic well, then add chickpeas and process about one minute. Add rest of ingredients and process until smooth, about 2 minutes more.
  4. I’m not sure why I didn’t take a photo of the finished hummus in the food processor, but I think until my house is finished I’ll blame all these missed photo opportunities on distractions from having a house full of workers!
  5. I adapted this recipe from one in The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh (affiliate link), and they served it with cauliflower crudites in the book. I liked that combination, but in the photos you’re seeing it with low-carb pita chips, that I made from my favorite low-carb pita bread, lightly toasted on a cookie sheet.

More Interesting Varieties of Hummus

Slow Roasted Tomato Hummus from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Jalapeno and Lime Hummus from Karina’s Kitchen
Green Olive Hummus from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Minty Hummus from What’s For Lunch Honey?
Artichoke Hummus from Pinch My Salt

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Parsley Hummus

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

This Parsley Hummus with middle eastern flavors would be great to make if  you’re growing parsley in your garden!


  • one 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 T tahini sauce
  • 1 1/2 T lemon juice
  • 2 T sesame oil
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper or hot sauce
  • 1 T water (more or less, depending on how thick you like it)


  1. Drain chickpeas (garbanzo beans) into a colander placed in the sink, then rinse until no more foam appears.
  2. Let the water drain off.
  3. Put parsley and garlic into bowl of food processor fitted with the stainless steel blade.
  4. Process about 1 minute, until parsley is well chopped.
  5. Add drained chickpeas and process 1-2 minutes, until beans are mostly smooth.
  6. Add sour cream, Tahini sauce, lemon juice, sesame oil, olive oil, cumin, salt, and cayenne or hot sauce.
  7. Process until mixture is very smooth.
  8. Test thickness and add a bit of water if you’d like it to be a little thinner.
  9.  Serve hummus with toasted whole wheat pita chips, cauliflower, celery, carrot sticks, or red bell pepper strips.


Nutritional information is for hummus only and is based on 1/4 cup serving size.

Recipe adapted from Parsley Hummus in The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh. (affiliate link)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 717mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Served with whole wheat pita chips, this parsley hummus would be good for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet or other low-glycemic diets, but it’s too high in carb for a low-carb diet plan. You could make this phase one by using celery, cauliflower, or red pepper strips to dip the hummus.

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    27 Comments on “Parsley Hummus”

  1. Emily, thought it was a misprint (when I first saw your comment I thought it was supposed to say 1/2 tsp.) but I just got the cookbook and checked and it does say 1 1/2 tsp. salt. Maybe I should add a caution in the recipe though, thanks for letting me know.

  2. Yum! I love the recipe, but I must say: I used less than half the salt called for, and I still had to add a whole extra can of chickpeas to cut the salty flavor – to the point where I wonder if it's a misprint. Thanks for the great recipes and photos!

  3. I think cilantro hummus has to be the next one I try!!

  4. This looks awesome. Trader Joe's has various hummus offerings. They also have a 4 flavor hummus layered thing, which has cilantro hummus that they don't sell indivdually. I buy it just for that cilantro hummus.

  5. Mmm, love hummus. Haven't seen a parsley version before, but sounds like a unique twist.

  6. So much parsley, it's green! Looks so pretty. I like the addition of sour cream for tang too. I just love hummus's.

  7. Hummus is such an easy and healthy snack/meal. I love it and your mix with parsley sounds wonderful. I like those eastern flavors! Thanks for the recipe and all the great links as well.

    Have a good weekend!

  8. Kalyn,
    I'm a hummus addict, but I've never had it with parsley. Need to give that a try.

  9. I love hummus in all of it's many incarnations!

  10. Interesting. I've always blown off curly parsley. I've got loads of flat, though, and love hummus, and this is a great time of year for dip-type stuff.

    Boo! Now I'm going to have to make it, you mean mean Kalyn!

  11. This sounds fabulous, Kalyn. I love parsley!

  12. Oh lovely! Our parsley is taking over our kitchen so I'll have to whip up some of this.

  13. So glad people are liking the idea of this. I really like the new Bon Appetit cookbooks that this recipe came from; lots of interesting ideas. I agree, the idea of parsley in hummus was a natural!

    Tammy, thanks for that feedback; I love hearing that the blog is helpful.

    MichaelZ, I like both types of parsley and think they could both be used interchangeably in this.

  14. It looks like you are using the curly parsley. I grow Italian flat leaf and prefer it for most things except decorative garnish. Would you suggest only the curly for this dish or change anything with the flat leaf?

  15. I've never tried parsley in hummus- and I'm now wondering, Why not? It sounds fresh and delicious.

  16. I can't wait to try this because hummus is one of my favorites. I am preparing a great many of your recipes and have yet to find one that I haven't loved. Thank you so much for this blog, as it is crucial to helping me reach my weight loss goals.

  17. Your hummus looks terrific! It's one of our favorite snack foods. Love the parsley variation!

    Since I started making my own pita chips, I've never looked back. They are soooo much better than store bought! I'll have to try them using whole wheat pitas next.

  18. I love hummus in any form. The pretty green color of this one makes me think it would taste perfectly fresh on a summer's day.

  19. I was thinking this sounded familiar and then I realized it's from my favorite cookbook! I love parsley and hummus…just haven't gotten around to trying them together yet.

  20. Hummus is so amazing. I could have it every day of the week with all the possibilities in variations:D