Condiment Time ~ White Bean-Chive Hummus

A favorite pastime of my youngest sister when were growing up was to grab a handful of the chives that my mom grew in a container in our backyard, eat them and then coming running up to my middle sister and I, breathing a loud “HHHHHHiiiiiiii!!!” in our direction. Despite that rather “fragrant” introduction to chives I’m still a big fan of them, for their gentle oniony flavor as well the fact that they look like bright green herb sprinkles when you chop them. When I was considering how to bring bright, herbal flavors to White Bean Hummus chives and parsley both immediately jumped to mind. That pale green hue lets you know right away that you’re in for something fresh tasting.Hummus is also one of those wonder spreads that makes a perfect healthy substitute for ingredients like cheese or mayonnaise on a sandwich. Not that we have anything against either of these things on this blog (in fact, we exalt them) but from time to time it’s nice to lighten things up a little. Later this week I’ll share with you the incredible tartine I made with this hummus.


White Bean-Chive Hummus

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 0 minutes | Total time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender and purée until the mixture is smooth. Serve immediately with pita chips, grilled bread, vegetables or on a sandwich or wrap or refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.



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  1. looks fabulous!!

    Posted 8.22.11 Reply
  2. Maria wrote:

    I love hummus-will have to try this recipe next!

    Posted 8.22.11 Reply
  3. Jeanette wrote:

    Love the green herbs in this hummus, much brighter and prettier than the regular brown hummus!

    Posted 8.22.11 Reply
  4. Ha! You and I could have hung out when we were kids. I used to gobble up the chives in our backyard (drove my mum nuts). This hummus looks like a wonderful way to use the fragrant plant.

    Posted 8.22.11 Reply
  5. myFudo wrote:

    Looks marvelous. Love the presentation. Nice blog.

    Posted 8.23.11 Reply
  6. Little Sis wrote:

    I was remembering my chive days recently! You guys loved my surprise greetings 🙂 I have white beans in the cabinet. I’ll try this one for lunch this week!

    Posted 8.23.11 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Ha! I knew this would let me know whether you really read my blog, lol. 🙂

      Posted 8.23.11 Reply
  7. Hehe what a cute story 🙂

    I love a good twist on hummus. Plus, I have chives in the garden! Gotta make this for lunch!

    Posted 8.23.11 Reply
  8. Kelly wrote:

    This looks fantastic, love your photos!! 🙂

    Posted 8.23.11 Reply
  9. Eliana wrote:

    Hmmm – this does look like the perfect spread for just about any sandwich. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

    Posted 8.23.11 Reply
  10. Celeste wrote:

    Y.U.M. Seriously! It’s not gonna make it until tonight for the grilled veggie tartine…I think I need to make a second batch or reconsider our dinner menu!!

    Posted 8.24.11 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      I’m so glad you liked it! Yeah, better go for the second batch. 🙂

      Posted 8.24.11 Reply
  11. This is the snack i need RIGHT NOW. Looks fabulous!

    Posted 8.24.11 Reply
  12. tami wrote:

    the texture and the color here are incredible – no doubt the flavors are, as well. bookmarking this to make! thanks, kathy 🙂

    Posted 10.23.11 Reply