2013 – Gluten Free Living
Are you ready for another delicious hummus recipe??? Spinach and Feta Hummus is made with frozen chopped spinach, Feta cheese and garbanzo beans, then seasoned with coriander, cumin, parsley and red pepper flakes which gives it an incredibly nice kick!
While you could probably make this with whole fresh spinach leaves (and I would have if I had had any at the time I needed this), it turned out quite scrumptious using the chopped frozen spinach as well. Hummus is such a healthy food anyway, but adding spinach and Feta cheese even increases the nutritional value.
This is another one of those snacks I made for our school board meeting with the new teachers a couple of weeks ago. One of the teachers (who used to be in our Sunday school class when we were members of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Cedar Hill) couldn’t get enough of this wonderful dip. She kept going back for seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths….well, you get the idea.
I served this tasty hummus dip with veggie dippers, Fritos, and specialty crackers and it was a big hit with everyone. I also served this on a slab of Whole Wheat Greek Bread that I had toasted and I thought it was spectacular that way too. Regardless of how you serve it, this nutritious hummus recipe is very tasty.
I actually borrowed from two recipes to make Spinach and Feta Hummus. The main recipe came from here, although they used whole fresh spinach leaves (which I didn’t have on hand), so I found this recipe which used frozen spinach and kind of incorporated the two.
The only thing I had to do differently was to use a LOT of the liquid from the chickpeas in order to get the hummus to process and blend well together. While I would always recommend fresh spinach as a first choice in making hummus (or just about anything), I am offering this version for those who may not have fresh spinach on hand but really want to make up some fresh hummus right away.
So, if you’re on the lookout for an exciting fresh hummus recipe, consider trying Spinach and Feta Hummus at your next opportunity. It’s a wonderfully nutritious, healthy, low calorie snack that’s gluten free and so easy on the taste buds! And it’s a healthy snack you can serve your kids for after school snacks and not worry about sugar highs or attention deficit!
Spinach and Feta Hummus is a wonderful appetizer to serve for parties or meetings.
If you like spinach and you like feta cheese you will really enjoy this tasty hummus dip.
I served Spinach and Feta Hummus with veggie dippers. Yum.
Here’s what I did.
These are the ingredients I used.
Add olive to blender or food processor.
Add sesame tahini (ground sesame seeds).
Add the juice of one lemon.
Add minced garlic.
Add red pepper flakes.
Add kosher or sea salt.
Add Feta cheese.
Add fresh parsley. Unless you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix or food processor you may want to blend everything now adding half of the reserved garbanzo liquid.
Microwave spinach on high in the box for 3 minutes. Remove from microwave and place in colander. Squeeze and push out all the excess water. Add to blender or food processor and mix again.
Drain garbanzo beans (chick peas) reserving ALL the liquid.
Rinse and drain chick peas. Mash chick peas with a fork or potato masher.
Add spinach to blender or food processor with remaining chick pea water and emulsify on high until smooth.
To serve: Remove dip from food processor or blender and place in serving bowl. Top with as much Feta cheese as desired!
Here’s a close up so you can see the texture of this lovely tasting hummus.
I love this dip served with veggie dippers like orange bell peppers.
Here you can see the contrast between the hummus and the feta cheese. This is a great low calorie afternoon snack for you or your kids when they get home from school. I served this with a LOT of Feta cheese, because we really love Feta cheese and enjoy eating a lot of it!
Here’s the recipe.
SPINACH AND FETA HUMMUS
- 10-oz. pkg. chopped spinach
- 4 large garlic cloves minced
- juice of one lemon
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- ½ tsp. ground cumin
- 1/8 tsp. coriander
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
- 1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley
- ½ cup feta cheese, plus more for garnish
- 15-oz. can garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained but reserve the liquid
- 10 tbsp. reserved garbanzo bean liquid
- In a food processor or emulsion blender with the chopper option, place olive oil, lemon, tahini, cumin, coriander, salt, red pepper flakes, parsley, Feta cheese, and garlic.
- Add reserved garbanzo bean liquid.
- Microwave spinach for about 3 minutes on high to thaw completely.
- Using a colander, press as much excess water out of spinach as possible.
- Add spinach to food processor.
- Rinse and drain garbanzo beans. Mash garbanzo beans (chick peas) with a fork.
- Add to mixture in blender.
- Process until smooth. This may take a few minutes.
- To serve, spread hummus in a serving bowl and sprinkle more Feta cheese on top for garnish.
Spinach and Feta Hummus is low calorie, healthy, and gluten free for those with gluten intolerance.
This is a great low calorie snack to serve at baby showers, tailgating parties, or any time you want a fabulous tasting snack. Are you salivating yet? I love different and tasty ways to eat hummus. This savory version has just enough spice and kick to it to make it sensational!
Go ahead and try a sample!