Recipe courtesy of Elena Besser

Bright Green Hummus with Charred Broccoli

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  • Nutrition Info
This is not your traditional packaged hummus. This is aspirational, Instagram-worthy hummus that's much easier than you think. The secret to the beautiful bright green color is blanched kale. To continue the green theme, there's a quick charred broccoli instead of the usual raw crudites.


Green Hummus:

Charred Broccoli:

For Serving:


  1. Make the hummus: Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the kale, fully submerging it in the boiling water, and cook until bright green and wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain the kale and set aside on a rimmed baking sheet or plate.
  2. When the kale is cool enough to handle, roughly chop the kale. Transfer to a high-speed blender or food processor, add 1 tablespoon water and blend until smooth. Add the chickpeas and blend to combine. Add the lemon juice, cumin, date syrup, soy sauce, garlic and tahini and blend until combined. Add salt and pepper, to taste. With the machine running on the lowest speed, stream in the extra-virgin olive oil until the hummus is fluffy. Set aside.
  3. For the broccoli: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the broccoli florets, season with salt and pepper and cook until caramelized and golden on the outside with a light crunch, about 5 minutes per side.
  4. To serve: Transfer the hummus to a wide bowl. Spread the hummus with the back of a large spoon, creating a divot. Drizzle the divot with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle zaatar in the center. Serve with the charred broccoli and seeded crackers.