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Asparagus Hummus Dip with Garlic and Lemon

A delicious healthy dip for snacking. As you process this dip, adjust the cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes to your own liking.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Healthy Snack
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Good Dinner Mom

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 14 oz. can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 3 or 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cooking water
  • 1 good dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Heat dry small skillet over medium-high heat. Toast sesame seeds until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Set aside.
  • Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Prepare a bowl filled with ice water.
  • Add the asparagus pieces and cook until the asparagus is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Just before the asparagus is finished cooking, scoop out 1 tablespoon of the cooking water and set aside.
  • Drain and immediately plunge the asparagus into the ice water to stop the cooking.
  • Transfer the asparagus to the bowl of a food processor, along with the garbanzo beans, garlic, sesame seeds, lemon juice, reserved cooking water, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and salt. Process until the ingredients are well combined.
  • With the processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil. Process until smooth.
  • Taste and add more lemon juice, red pepper flakes or salt, to taste.
  • This dip only gets better with time. I recommend refrigerating for at least one hour or up to overnight before serving.
  • Serve with healthy chips, crackers or raw vegetables.