Hummus just got a lot healthier! By adding the creamy superfood avocado, your hummus will be a lot tastier, too! Not only are avocados packed with about 20 vitamins and minerals, including potassium, lutein, folate, and Vitamins B, C, and E, they also are low in sugar and contain fiber! Yes, they are high in fat… but it’s the good, monounsaturated fat, which helps to lower bad cholesterol. Avocados, also known as the Alligator Pear, because of their pear-like shape and leathery outer skin, are ripe when their skin has turned dark green or black, yield to gentle pressure from your thumb, and feel slightly soft.
Recipe and photo by Gwynn Galvin, culinary consultant and creator of Swirls of Flavor.
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and rough chopped
1 clove garlic, rough chopped
1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped grape or cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
1. In food processor combine chickpeas, avocado, garlic, 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, 3 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice and kosher salt. Process until smooth. Transfer to serving dish.
2. Combine tomatoes, red onion, chopped cilantro and remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil. Arrange tomato mixture on top of hummus.
Makes 2 1/2 cups.
Gwynn Galvin, chef and blogger, is delighted to share her original recipes on Jersey Bites. Born and raised in Jersey and a lifetime resident of Bergen County, Gwynn is Jersey through and through! Having been in the culinary field for more than 20 years, you can say that Gwynn is definitely well seasoned. With over a decade as Test Kitchen Director for a nationally published magazine as well as working for major food corporations and being partner and chef of a family-owned cupcake shop, Gwynn is also the creator of her blog, Swirls of Flavor. Her award-winning recipes have been featured in national ad campaigns, cookbooks, magazines, social media and on the internet. If you’ve ever made a recipe that was on the package of a food product or in a magazine or cookbook, chances are you’ve already made one of her fabulously delicious recipes!