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Beet-and-Lentil Hummus

Serve this colorful hummus with raw vegetables, such as carrot or celery sticks, red bell pepper, cucumber, or broccoli.



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½ cup black beluga lentils, rinsed and soaked overnight
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2 medium beets, peeled and cut into chunks
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1 clove garlic, peeled
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2 Tbs. tahini paste
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2 Tbs. cold-pressed olive oil
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2 Tbs. lemon juice
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2 tsp. grated lemon zest
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1 tsp. sea salt


1. Drain and rinse soaked lentils. Bring lentils, beets, and 1 cup water to a boil in medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.

2. Drop garlic into food processor while running to finely chop. Add tahini, oil, lemon juice, zest, and salt; process until creamy. Add lentils and beets, and blend on high until smooth. Season to taste.

Nutrition Information: 

11 g
Total Fat: 
16 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
26 g
0 mg
583 mg
2 g
4 g
Makes 1 1/2 cups

Comments on this Recipe

Made this tonight and served it with celery sticks, romenesco, and purple carrots....excellent and beautiful to look at!

I made this today and it was great. I bought steamed beets and didn't notice until later that the recipe uses raw beets. I don't know if that affected anything, but it turned out really well.

I did not expect to enjoy this (did it as part of the "7 ingredient cleanse"), but it's great with celery sticks & carrots! I added more lemon juice than recommended and that's what made it work for me.

Make this now! Xoxo

Sounds good minus the garlic! Why so much garlic in all your recipes? Some people, self included, are highly allergic to garlic.....please include some recipes without garlic and also without cilantro...too much of both in your recipes!

Fabulous! I added more garlic and used my homemade Jalapeno/Cilantro infused Olive oil...I had a hard time not eating the whole batch in one sitting. I'll be back!

I loved this recipe the first time around and will make it again to bring to a party this weekend. Who knew this combo could be so delicious? Leave it to VT!

Beet hummus sounds good

Love all the interesting additions to this the extra garlic and lemon juice and the jalapeno/Cilantro infused olive Cilantro is one of my favorites in all the salsa recipes I make. Thank you:)

C'mon; if you're allergic to garlic, leave the garlic out!

@ Virginia on 7-12-13 and Amy on 6-4-14 My husband is also allergic to garlic, as well as pepper - I routinely just leave it out of everything, and haven't found a recipe yet that was hurt by the omission of garlic. HOWEVER, my mother loves hot pepper and we have friends who love garlic. The real problem is food cooked by other people! Virginia has a point; when every recipe includes garlic (or any other particular ingredient), people do start to think it's necessary to a successful dish!

(@Virginia). Virginia - I'm sorry to hear you're allergic to garlic, I can't imagine my life without it. However, I don't think it's fair for you to request garlic is omitted from recipes, as like salt, herbs, etc. it adds flavor. In addition, not only does garlic taste wonderful but also provides many health benefits. Rather than be upset about all the garlic love out there, just omit it from your recipes.

Delicious, just loved it!

NEVER too much garlic or cilantro :)

I am going to see if I can use the leftover from my juiced beets for this recipe. Also, in the yogic sciences, onions and garlic are negative pranic. This means that it disturbs the natural flow of the vital life energy (prana) within the body. I find that my joints hurt if I consume onions and garlic. When used as a medicine, that is something different. But using them as a foodstuff is a completely different ballgame.

This recipe is absolutely delicious. I didn't peel the beets because I never peel vegetables, and because I didn't have tahini I used sesame oil and seeds. I loved it and will do again using the right ingredients. I had it with spinach sfiha.

YUMMMY! This was delicious, and beautiful. Will definitely make again.