Chef John's Green Hummus


  • ⅓ cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can white beans, drained
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add the basil and cook uncovered until bright green, about 20 seconds. Immediately plunge basil in ice water until cold. Squeeze basil to remove excess moisture and pat dry with a paper towel.


  • Step 2

    Put basil, garlic, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garbanzo beans, and white beans, salt, and black pepper, respectively, in a blender. Cover and blend until almost smooth; add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and puree until smooth.

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