Hummus As Salad Dressing? You Bet!

Pitas are those great little pockets that are delicious when filled with salads or dipped in hummus. But turn those pitas into crispy chips, toss them in a salad, and they make a crunchy alternative to croutons.

Whenever I have hummus it's usually as an appetizer or condiment. It's a wonderful dip for vegetables or warm pita bread and also serves as the perfect spread when filling those little pita pockets. But I'd never considered using the hummus as a base for a salad dressing until my local Ralphs supermarket made the suggestion. It was so easy and such a nice alternative to my standard ranch or Italian dressing, I had to try it out. The end result had the same consistency as a Ceasar dressing but had the flavor of my favorite artichoke hummus. I added some pita chips and a few garbanzo beans and turned my standard pita sandwich into a wonderful dinner salad with half the carbs.

Pita salad

Serves 4


  • 3 tablespoons of your favorite hummus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 (8 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup pita chips


  1. Whisk together the hummus and oil in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Place the spinach, garbanzo beans, tomatoes and pita chips in a large bowl. Drizzle the hummus dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

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Comments on "Tonight's Dinner: Pita salad"

Lisa October 10, 2012 | 10:32 AM

I never would have thought to use hummus as a salad dressing, but why not?! Looks great and I can't wait to try it out. Thanks for the idea.

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