This lighter take on classic hummus will be a stable on the picnic table all summer long. The secret? Fresh basil and white beans (in place of chick peas). The best part? Eight ingredients and it's on the table in five minutes or less.

White Bean Basil Hummus

White Bean Basil Hummus

It's hard to become bored with hummus, but every once in awhile I like to put a fun twist on the original recipe. White beans are not only lighter and smoother than chickpeas, but they have a very high concentration of the compound molybdenum, which can help improve gastro-intestinal health, and are packed with antioxidants that can help fight premature aging (among other things) Distribution of selenium and molybdenum and cancer mortality in Niigata, Japan. Nakadaira, H., Endoh, K., Yamamoto, M. Department of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, Niigata University School of Medicine, Japan. Archives of Environmental Health. 1995 Sep-Oct;50(5):374-80. . The addition of basil brings a lightness to the dish — and a delicious aroma.

Recipe: White Bean Basil Hummus

Photo by Aylin Erman

What You'll Need:

1 can cannellini beans
1 handful of fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon tahini
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juiced

What to Do:

  1. Blend all ingredients except for in a food processor until smooth, scraping down the sides as you go (about 3 minutes).
  2. Serve with a garnish of basil leaves, drizzled olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Enjoy with vegetable crudités and flatbread or by the spoonful!

For more fun hummus variations, such as a Beet Hummus or a Roasted Garlic Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus, check out!

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