Trust Me, Trader Joe’s New Dill Pickle Hummus Is Better Than It Sounds

Here’s the dill.

May 14, 2020

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am a self-proclaimed Trader Joe’s junkie. Seriously, I have just about every Trader Giotto pasta sauce in my pantry, and my freezer is stuffed with everything from Philly cheesesteak bao buns to cauliflower gnocchi.

My infatuation with the grocery chain also means that I’ve dubbed myself an unofficial taste tester of all their new products (from purple ube ice cream to birthday cake-flavored popcorn). And I’ve made it my mission to try as many new Trader Joe’s concoctions as I can get my hands on.

So, when I saw that TJ’s had launched a brand-new dill pickle-flavored hummus, I knew I had to try it. I typically avoid pickle-flavored products (such as chips) because they tend to be too salty for my liking, but I was so intrigued by this hummus that I was determined to add it to my cart during my next Trader Joe’s run.

I managed to snag a container of dill pickle hummus from my local Trader Joe’s and was relieved to find out that this pickle-packed snack wasn’t colored a vibrant shade of green. The dill pickle hummus also still appeared nice and smooth; the only real difference I could spot between it and regular hummus were the specks of dill blended with the creamy chickpeas.

So, how did it taste? Let’s just say that after my first bite, I was instantly hooked. I will admit that I was afraid the hummus would taste overwhelmingly salty and pickle-y, but that was certainly not the case. Instead, the dill pickle hummus boasted a tangy flavor, and the creaminess helped balance out the salt and other seasonings.

I later found out that in order to give the hummus that vinegar-y, dill pickle flavor, Trader Joe’s cooks down their chickpeas alongside whole dill pickles. According to Trader Joe's, they then combine those pickle-flavored chickpeas with tahini, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, garlic and dill. Genius!

Overall, my favorite aspect of the dill pickle hummus is how versatile it can be. While I originally enjoyed it as a dip with pita chips and baby carrots, I also spread the hummus on an avocado, cucumber and turkey sandwich in place of cheese and mayo.

Turns out, I’m not the only one who thought to use it as a better-for-you swap. Instagram user @everything_but_the_bagel spread the dill pickle hummus on the bagel and topped it with canned tuna and a squeeze of lemon for a mayo-less take on tuna salad.

Can’t wait to try this pickle-y spread out for yourself? Grab it while you can — the dill pickle hummus retails for $1.99 and will be available for a limited time at Trader Joe’s while supplies last.

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