After centuries of niche popularity, hummus is poised to be the next major food trend in the U.S., comparable to the success Greek yogurt achieved.
The notoriety of hummus has been building slowly. While some are reluctant to try it because of its name or color, converts praise its flavor and many health benefits. Hummus is rich in protein, can help lower cholesterol and may reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer.
Hummus’ climb to the top is largely due to Pepsi’s ownership of Sabra, the most popular brand of hummus on store shelves. Between 2006 and 2012 hummus consumption rose 8% and continues to grow.
For chefs, one of the greatest things about preparing food with hummus is how versatile it is. While hummus is available in a variety of flavors, it’s a great base to mix with sauces to create a specific flavor experience, here are some easy +1 Hummus ideas to get you started:
Dishes featuring Asian sesame dressings welcome hummus with open arms. Asian Dip with Fresh Vegetables, plus the addition of hummus, is the perfect answer for a needed appetizer to keep customers’ taste buds invigorated while waiting for the main course.
As if ranch dressing wasn’t the greatest condiment already, now you can incorporate it with hummus. Combining the two makes a great finish to any wrap or sandwich. In need of menu inspiration? Try the combination with a standard Ranch Turkey Wrap or an Open Face Carrot Salad Sandwich.
Flavors taste best when teamwork is involved. Italian dressing mixed with hummus is a great twist on Grilled Summer Pizza. Dress up this Cucumber Boats recipe by mixing hummus into the vegetable filling before the dish is complete.