CSA Cooking: Green Hummus

June 12, 2015(updated on October 18, 2023)
finished green hummus

I have really been putting my food processor through its paces lately. There have been multiple batches of pesto, a trial batch of whipped herby labneh (inspired by recent books by Cheryl and Maureen), and this batch of pale green hummus. It’s been quite the work out for my 40 year old machine, but happily it appears to be holding up just fine.

spinach leaves

This hummus was inspired by a need to do something with a relatively small portion of mature spinach that was in my last Philly Foodworks box and a desire to have something easy and good to eat for lunch over the next week (my recent dinnertime cooking hasn’t been producing reliable leftovers, which has left me floundering come midday).

peeled chick peas

I realize that hummus purists might object to my addition of spinach, but I love the color and slight vegetal flavor it adds. You could do the same thing with kale, chard, or even mustard greens (they’d make it nicely spicy!).

flecky green hummus

A scoop of this hummus, a pile of cut vegetables, and a few crackers make for a very good, easy lunch. I suggest you try it!

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CSA Cooking: Green Hummus


  • 2 15- ounce cans garbanzo beans
  • 4 ounces spinach blanched, cooled, and well-squeezed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 small garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • juice of one small lemon
  • 3-4 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4-5 turns of a pepper grinder


  • Drain the garbanzo beans and give them a good rinse. For a very smooth hummus, use your fingers to pop the skin off each individual bean. If you can’t be bothered, skip that step.
  • Tumble the beans into the bowl of a food processor. Put the lid on and pulse a few times to break up the beans.
  • Add the spinach, tahini, garlic cloves, and lemon juice and run the motor. While it runs, slowly stream in the olive oil and two tablespoons of water. If the hummus seems to thick, add the remaining water.
  • Add the salt and pepper and pulse to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  • Scrape the finished hummus into a container and refrigerate. It will keep about a week in the fridge.

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5 thoughts on "CSA Cooking: Green Hummus"

  • This is a great idea and a great way to squeeze in more dark leafy greens! I recently bought edamame hummus (another version of green hummus!) for the first time and loved it.

  • Love this idea, I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it! Especially mustard greens… bet that would be so fabulous! Or maybe even radish greens… mmmm… the possibilities!

  • Oh my goodness this was delicious! My family has been out of town and were definitely craving healthier food upon their return home. My 16 year old son LOVED it which is a surprise because, well, he is a 16 year old boy. 🙂 I’ll definitely be making this all summer!!