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Cilantro Pistachio Pesto Hummus

Fresh and flavorful pesto hummus made with homemade cilantro pistachio pesto for the most delicious dip, spread, and even sauce! This easy pesto hummus recipe comes together in under 30 minutes and will be your new favorite appetizer or snack.

Course Appetizer, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword cilantro pistachio pesto hummus, pesto hummus
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 124 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained but with the liquid reserved
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (if removing the chickpea skins -- see below for instructions)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cilantro pistachio pesto*


  1. Drain the chickpeas over a colander, reserving the liquid in a bowl. Skip to step 5 if not removing the skins from the chickpeas.

  2. To remove the skins for creamier hummus: rinse the chickpeas and add them to a small microwave-safe bowl.

  3. Toss the chickpeas in 1 ½ tsp. baking soda and microwave them for 90 seconds.
  4. Pour the hot chickpeas into a large bowl and cover with cool water. Gently rub the chickpeas between your hands to remove the skins. Drain off the water with the skins, and repeat the process until all the skins have been removed. It may take 4-5 changes of water.
  5. Add the chickpeas (with skins on or off), ¼ cup of chickpea liquid from the can, and all other ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until completely smooth, about 60 seconds. If things aren’t moving around very well, you can add 2 extra tbsp. at a time of the chickpea liquid.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve with crackers, chips, veggies, or as a sandwich spread.

Recipe Notes

*Feel free to use 1/3 cup of your favorite store-bought pesto as well.

To store: store your homemade pesto hummus in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Pistachio Pesto Hummus
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 88
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.8g15%
Saturated Fat 1.3g8%
Carbohydrates 6.9g2%
Fiber 1.2g5%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 3.7g7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.