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[H]ummus is such a healthy staple and in our house, we eat so much of it that we kind of take it for granted. At the weekends, though, we trick out our hummus with pesto, dukkah and all sorts of fancy toppings to make it into a real treat. But if you want showstopping hummus, look no further than beetroot. It produces a stunning jewel-coloured pink hummus with a subtly sweet flavour that is a perfect match for any drink.

I got this recipe from my old friend, Nikki at Chalet Savoie Faire, a beautiful cookery school tucked away in the French Alps, which you can read about here. Since then I’ve made it many times. It’s the kind of easy recipe that just makes you happy. PS. Kids LOVE pink hummus!

Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 500g beetroot, scrubbed & cooked (boil or roast and slip off the skin)
  2. 1/3 cup olive oil
  3. 1 large onion, chopped
  4. 1 tbsp tahini
  5. 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
  6. 1 tbsp ground cumin
  7. 1 can chickpeas
  8. 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  9. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  10. 1/3 cup vegetable stock
  1. 1. Cook the onions in a tbsp olive oil for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add the cumin and cook for
  2. a further minute.
  3. 2. Chop the beetroot and place into the food processor, add the onion, chickpeas, yoghurt,
  4. tahini, lemon juice, stock and process until smooth. With the motor running slowly add
  5. the rest of the olive oil.
  6. 3. Season to taste and serve with whatever you fancy dipping in.
  1. This recipe is also great using pumpkin or carrots instead of the beetroot.
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Melissa Love is a food photographer, graphic designer and mum of two, living in Cornwall. Eats all things Cornish. In fact, eats all things.

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