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olive hummus in white bowl with baked pita bread wedges

Spicy Olive Hummus

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Keyword: olive hummus
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 11
Calories: 183kcal
If you love hummus and olives, this recipe is for you! It's allergy-friendly too with no tahini.
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  • 2 cups chickpeas
  • 20 kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup tahini (optional, but see notes)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (juice of 2 good size lemons)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne (omit for mild, increase for spicier)
  • 1 tsp salt (plus more if needed, omit if using canned or salted chickpeas)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (good quality, tasty; more for topping)
  • Chopped cilantro or parsley for topping (optional)


  • If using canned chickpeas rinse and drain.
  • You can peel the chickpeas according to the directions in the video below, which leads to an incredibly creamy texture, but I did not this time.
  • Blend chickpeas, olives, tahini, garlic, spices, and lemon juice together.
  • Blend in the olive oil, be careful not to over blend. Olive oil will go from fruity to bitter if over blended.
  • Taste and add salt as needed. If using the kalamata olives and canned chickpeas you might not need to add any. If not using canned olives start with about 1 teaspoon and increase from there. Just be careful to not over blend the salt in to keep the olive oil sweet. I used 1 about 1½ teaspoon salts this time, but the olives I was using were not as salty as I am used to. Salt levels will depend on taste, olives, if you are using tahini (more bulk) and if you use canned chickpeas.
  • Put the hummus in a bowl and if desired top with chopped cilantro or parsley, chopped olives, and a drizzle of olive oil if desired.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg