A twist on hummus

Green Pea-Tarragon Hummus

Green pea-tarragon hummus, January 2013

Hummus typically contains garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and tahini. This recipe, inspired by one in The Blooming Platter Cookbook, takes liberties with the formula, using green peas instead of garbanzos and pistachios instead of tahini.

These ingredients combined with lemon and fresh tarragon give bright, complex flavors. Use like any other hummus: spread on crackers or crusty bread or use as a vegetable dip. You can use dried tarragon, but fresh tarragon adds delightful layers of flavor.

Raw, unsalted pistachios are best in this recipe, but if you try it with roasted and salted pistachios or ones that you shell yourself, be sure to rinse them well under running water to remove excess salt, and taste the hummus before adding salt—you might not need to add any.

Green Pea-Tarragon Hummus
Recipe type: Condiment
Prep time:
Total time:
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen peas (about 2 1/3 cups)
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh tarragon leaves (about 1/4 ounce) OR 2 tablespoons dried tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. Place frozen peas in a medium saucepan. Add water to cover and bring just to a boil over medium high heat (10 to 15 minutes). Drain.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, place peas, pistachios, tarragon, oil, lemon juice, and salt—all ingredients except water. Process until pistachios are finely ground. Add the 1/4 cup water and process until blended.
  3. Refrigerate. Use within 2 to 3 days.
Serving size: 2 tablespoons. Calories: 73; Fat: 5g; Saturated fat: 1g; Carbohydrates: 6g; Sugar: 2g; Sodium: 79mg; Fiber: 2g; Protein: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg.


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8 Responses to “A twist on hummus”

  1. Miachel says:

    What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
    The pistachios and tarragon sound especially delicious.

  2. Theresa Brandon says:

    Since I can’t eat Hummus, this sounds like a great sub. I sure hope it will work for me.

  3. Hi Eileen, I found you through your comment on my Kombucha post, and I’m so glad I stopped in to check out your site! This recipe looks amazing!

    I’d love it if you’d consider sharing this on my blog’s link party, Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, a link up for frugal tips and healthy GF recipes 🙂


    • Eileen Beran says:

      Thank you for the invitation, Danielle, and for your kind words. I’d love to share on your blog event!

      I can’t wait to make kombucha. Right now I’m accumulating some bottles.

  4. Linda says:

    What an interesting twist on hummus. I especially like the pistachios. Thanks for sharing it at Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

  5. What a great twist to the regular hummus! Wishing you and family a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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