Vibrant Roasted Red Beet Hummus

Roasted Red Beet Hummus
Stephanie Lang, MS, RDN, CDN
Total Time 75 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 60 min
Yield 16, 1/4 cup portions (116 cals)

The right dip can make a healthy snack irresistible. This vibrant pinkish red dip cannot hide its high nutritive value, with the color coming from anthocyanins, which are antioxidants found in red fruits and vegetables like beets.

Red beets are also high in Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, while the chickpeas and tahini provide a source of protein to keep you satiated after you snack. Serve with fresh cut up vegetables and whole wheat pita bread wedges heated in the oven until warm.

Ingredients

  • 2 small red beets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation

1. Heat oven to 425F.

2. Peel and quarter the beets and wrap them in foil with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place onto a small baking sheet (to catch any juices that might drip out while baking) and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until the beets are easily pierced with a fork.

3. Remove beets from the oven and let cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Add the cooked beets to a food processor along with the remaining ingredients and pulse until the mixture is creamy.

5. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

This bright and beautiful red beet mixture can function as more than a dip. Turn this snack into a meal by making a roasted red beet hummus flatbread!

Start by pre-heating your oven to 350F. Grab a whole wheat pita or piece of naan brad, spread on some roasted red beet hummus, and add your favorite greens, protein, nuts, and seeds. Try a colorful combo of kale, spinach, ricotta and 1 ounce of pistachio nuts. Pop it in your oven for 10 minutes or until warmed through and enjoy a nutrient-dense meal!

Pistachio nuts are a good source of heart-healthy fats, fiber, protein, Vitamin B6, and antioxidants that have anti-infalmmatory properties and have been shown to reduce blood glucose levels.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Slice up all of your favorite veggies such as raw carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, and broccoli and dip them into this hummus.

You can even top off your favorite salad with a dollop of this upbeat hummus.

Save your hummus in an airtight container in the fridge and take the leftovers with you in a small tupperware separately from your vegetables or salad. The hummus will taste best if eaten within one week.

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