Hummus: How Do We Love Thee?

Hummus: How Do We Love Thee?

In today’s food circles there is no limit to the flavors and varieties of hummus to be found. One of our chefs shares a few surprisingly terrific ways to enjoy this versatile dish.

Here’s a fun fact: in Arabic the word hummus translates to “chickpeas,” but at the table the word has taken on a broader meaning. Whether you prefer a classic recipe or something with a little more oomph—roasted red pepper or sun-dried tomato, anyone?—this is one dish worth dipping into.

“Hummus is a good source of fiber,” says John Taylor, a member of the Panera Bread® Food Team. “But above all, it’s absolutely delicious! We love hummus because it goes so well with so many things.”

In our Power Chicken Hummus Bowl, we combine all-natural antibiotic-free chicken with cilantro-jalapeño hummus, baby spinach, diced tomatoes, and chopped cucumber and red onion. We finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon and chopped fresh cilantro. “The hummus brings a unique bite to this dish,” says John. “The flavor is truly unmatched.”

It’s never been easier to find your flavor—most grocery stores stock a wide variety of hummus in the cold case. And since we know you are going to want to bring the taste of hummus home, we asked John for some creative serving ideas.

  • Say yes to pita bread and pita chips, but don’t say no to pairings of another kind: pretzels, carrot sticks, and slices of red and yellow pepper, cucumber, fennel, apple, and pear are all excellent choices for dipping.
  • For a quick breakfast, spread hummus on a toasted sesame bagel.
  • Mix equal parts of black bean hummus and fresh tomato salsa for spooning into tacos, burritos, and Southwestern salads.
  • Top a burger with classic hummus, feta, and sliced tomato (skip the mustard and ketchup, please).
  • Layer your favorite hummus flavor, roasted or grilled vegetables, and sprouts on toasted whole grain bread, or fold these ingredients into a whole wheat sandwich wrap.
  • Spoon a dollop of hummus on grilled chicken or fish and top with diced tomatoes, sliced kalamata olives, and chopped fresh parsley.