This Loaded Hummus is a great crowd-pleasing appetizer, but the hummus recipe itself is a keeper! Make this regularly and keep a container in the fridge! It's great for snacking, lunches and dinners. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
If you need this to be gluten free, be sure to serve this with gluten free crackers, pita or flatbread.
If you prefer cooking your own chickpeas instead of using canned, cook 1/2 pound or 1 cup of dried chickpeas according to package directions until softened.
I don't blend olive oil into the hummus itself. I feel the flavor of the olive oil gets lost. Use your best extra virgin olive oil over the top…it'll be delicious.
Sumac is a beautifully deep red spice from the berries of the sumac bush, native to the Middle East. It has a tangy, citrusy flavor. Not nearly as tart as lemons, but it compliments the lemon in the hummus really nicely. Look for it in Middle Eastern markets or in spice shops. It's not necessary in this recipe, so try using some cayenne or even paprika instead.