This basil pesto hummus recipe is a Zoe’s Kitchen copycat and is better than both Sabra and Costco! Make it easy from scratch (or just mix pesto and hummus) and serve over pasta or as a dip.
Do you ever find a restaurant that you just LOVE, and you can’t help but want to make all the things you order there at home?
When we did the Whole30, we searched EVERYWHERE for a restaurant that was Whole30 compliant so we eat out without being limited to salads. We found Zoe’s Kitchen in the process and instantly fell in love!
I’ve already re-made a Greek quinoa salad that’s similar to their quinoa salad, and now I’m adding pesto hummus to the list too!
I have to confess, though, that this pesto hummus recipe really originated because we had a jar of pesto in the fridge with just a couple of tablespoons left. As I moved some things around in the fridge getting ready for dinner, I found some leftover homemade hummus in a container.
ONLY THEN Did I remember that Zoe’s Kitchen makes pesto hummus… so I thought, why not use up what’s left of the pesto and hummus by making pesto hummus?!
Here’s how you know that you have a winning recipe: when your in-laws are outside with the kids and your husband EATS THE WHOLE THING!
I’m not complaining, but I really did have to pull out the plain hummus from the fridge because he didn’t leave a single bite left for anyone else… My only taste was a swipe of a pita chip when he wasn’t looking!
Where to Buy Pesto Hummus…
Here’s the thing – you can find pesto hummus all over the place…
- I’ve seen it at Costco.
- I’ve seen it at Zoe’s Kitchen (obviously).
- I’ve seen it at Walmart and Kroger (Sabra brand)
But you don’t have to buy it, because it’s SUPER SUPER SUPER easy to make!
What is Pesto Hummus Made Of?
In short, pesto hummus is made of pesto and hummus.
If you buy these two separately, you can simply mix them up together and BAM – you have pesto hummus.
Is Pesto Hummus Healthy?
One of our goals is to eat healthy food as often as possible, and one way we can do that is by making both the hummus and pesto from scratch.
This is our favorite hummus recipe. It has just a bit of a spicy kick, which actually pairs REALLY well with the pesto!
I’ve made both basil pesto and carrot top pesto in the past and both are quick and easy to make, especially since you likely already have lemon juice and olive oil at home. All you need is some fresh basil (LOVE basil!), and you can even substitute almonds or cashews for pine nuts, and use a white bean instead of garbanzo beans.
I haven’t tried it myself, but I heard you can make kale pesto too!
Whether you end up with basil pesto hummus, carrot top pesto hummus, or kale pesto hummus, you’re going to end up with something delicious for dinner!
How to Make Pesto Hummus
Assuming you have both pesto and hummus already made, it’s just a matter of mixing them together in a bowl.
I suggest mixing the pesto and hummus in a ratio of 1:2, so one part pesto and two parts hummus. A good amount to start with would be ¼ cup pesto and ½ cup hummus.
Then you can adjust the flavor to however you see fit.
- If you want more pesto, add more pesto.
- If the pesto is too overwhelming and you want more of a hummus flavor, add more hummus.
- If the flavor is spot on, add another ¼ cup of pesto and ½ cup of hummus so you have enough for an appetizer.
If you have a spare pepper roaming in the fridge, roasted red pepper hummus would be SO GOOD to mix with pesto too!
What to do with Pesto Hummus?
So you made an amazing pesto hummus recipe… now what?
I suggest making a plate with baby carrots, sliced cucumbers, and pita chips.
You can also add celery sticks, sliced bell peppers, and a small bowl of black olives. If you have them, kalamata olives or stuffed olives would be good too!
Add a handful of almonds and you’ve got an appetizer plate that will not only knock the socks off your family, but it will look amazing too!
Oh, and if you have the chance, a batch of homemade pita bread will REALLY send your family over the moon!
Other Delicious Recipes for Hummus
Did you know hummus can also be served as a sweet and delicious treat too? Check out my dessert hummus recipes:
- Chocolate Hummus
- Pumpkin Pie Hummus
- Snickerdoodle Hummus
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hummus
- Cake Batter Hummus
- Up to ½ cup pesto (you can use store-bought, or homemade basil pesto or homemade carrot top pesto are good options)
- Up to 1 cup of hummus (you can use store-bought, but I recommend making your own with this recipe)
- In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup of pesto with ½ cup of hummus. Taste and adjust based on your preference, adding more pesto or more hummus so the balance of flavor is how you like it.
- Serve with vegetable sticks or olives or pita chips.