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Homemade hummus is always best and it’s easy too!  All you need is a few basic ingredients to make this delicious Sun Dried Tomato and Fresh Basil Hummus.  You’ll never buy prepared hummus again!

We are hummus addicts.  If there was a support group for hummus eaters anonymous, not only would we be members, but we’d mostly like have stock options in the group, and by now, we’d be co-owners.  The addiction is that serious.

I had never once tasted hummus until about two or three years ago.  The name itself was enough for me.  Hummus.  It reminded me of haggis.  Chances are, I’d love haggis too, since my mindset about hummus having an unfavourable taste has been eradicated by what can only be described as a glorious taste!

But, John.e, the vegetarian convinced me that hummus tasted good and, trying to bridge the vegetarian-carnivore gap, I gave in and tried it.  And, I’ve never looked back!

Purchasing hummus at our local grocery store is at least a once per week task.  And we always purchase at least two – if not three – flavours each time because we’ve become hummus aficionados and have paired certain flavours with certain dippers.  For example, celery is great with onion hummus, but really nasty with red pepper hummus.  If hummus were wine, we’d be snobs who spend every weekend at a wine-tasting in the Niagara region!

Store-bought, prepared hummus is also very expensive when you consider the ingredients and what you’re actually getting for your money.  We usually favour the President’s Choice brand which can range anywhere from $4 – $5 per 227 gram container.  Making hummus at home was a safe financial bet, but I was worried about the taste.  After all, I just started to like it a few years ago, and my like for it had grown into a full-on love affair.

A coworker of mine told me that once I tried homemade hummus, it would be difficult to go back to the store-bought kind because of the difference in taste.   She stressed that the homemade version was so much better.  She was right!

My first time making hummus was an afternoon event.  I had the apartment to myself (John.e had been invited out to coffee with an old classmate) and I decided a blog post was in order.

In the week leading up to trying to make hummus, I did a lot of recipe research, reading comments and criticisms on blogs and recipe posts.  I didn’t want to put in the effort and not totally love the results.  I wanted to learn as much as possible beforehand from bloggers and recipe writers who have tried their hand at hummussing.  Yes, I just switched hummus from a noun to a verb!

At the end of the day, I was extremely proud of the results.  Needless to say, unless I’m in a real pinch in the future, I won’t be purchasing store-bought hummus again anytime soon.  I also learned from my research, that properly stored in air-tight containers, homemade hummus will last in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.  Another excuse to indulge in my secret love affair with mason jars!

Let’s get started!

Sun Dried Tomato and Fresh Basil Hummus

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Homemade hummus is always best and it’s easy too! All you need is a few basic ingredients to make this delicious Sun Dried Tomato and Fresh Basil Hummus. You’ll never buy prepared hummus again!


  • 1 15 oz can of chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely chopped


  1. Add all of the ingredients, except the basil, to a food processor. On medium speed, blend for 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the food processor's bowl and blend for another 2 minutes. You will want a very smooth consistency. 
  2. Next, add the chopped basil and pulse until the basil is mixed well into the hummus.

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  1. Hello my name is Leslie and I'm a hummusaholic too. So glad there are resources for our hummus addictions! Adding sun dried tomatoes and basil sounds like it would really pump up the flavor profile.
  2. Beautifully done. What is not to love about a hummus like this? (I've never tried the sundried tomato but it's a perfect addition.) Save a room for me at the humus addiction clinic!
  3. I'm in good company because I too am a total hummus addict - I have yet to meet a hummus that isn't amazing. Sun dried tomatoes sound like the perfect addition!
  4. One word. YUM!!!! Seriously I might be as addicted to hummus as you are! I an eat a container in one sitting, sad I know. But, I've never made it :( I will now!!
  5. I made hummus for the first time 15 yrs ago when my cousin wanted to try it out. The store bought kind just doesn't compare to homemade. I have a jar of harissa paste that I want to try out with your recipe (its basically sundried tomatoes with chilies and spices).
    1. Faye, please do yourself a favour and try it! Hummus is such a great source of healthy protein and it's delicious too!

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