My latest recipe is a super quick and simple one. Once all the ingredients were gathered, it literally took about 5 minutes from start to finish to make this delicious avocado & pea hummus. Super fresh, great colours and beautiful to boot. This dish is PERFECT for when you are having a dinner party and need some nibbles to kick it all off.
Nothing fancy here, simple everyday ingredients being used
Frozen peas - usually fresh is best, but in the case of peas, frozen ones are sadly a little better. They are frozen at the peak of their freshness, so the sugars haven't started turning to starch, leaving you with a nicer sweeter pea - in my opinion anyway!
Avocado - if you don't like avocados, can you survive in Australia? I think the ultimate Aussie goal is to have an avo tree in the garden 😉 Even though they are insanely popular, they don't come cheap, but boy are they worth it. Smashed, sliced, or pureed, these little green fellas are packed with nutrients and defo help me smile in the morning when I have some on toast with a poached egg.
Tahini - I love using it in recipes like this or with my grilled lamb and roasted veg salad, but on its own, I find it a tough one to taste. In case you don't know, it is a paste made from sesame seeds, and it's super common in middle eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Great shelf life too so don't worry about buying a larger tub you will find plenty of ways to use it 😉
Lemon - brings the freshness and acidity to the recipe and helps really just round the dish out.
Seasoning - salt and pepper is all we need here.
Garlic - just 1 clove in this recipe! Usually, when I see 1 clove I'm a let add 2 more kinda guy but you don't want to overpower the freshness of the avo or peas here.
Olive oil - can't have a good hummus without good olive oil. My go-to brand here in Australia is Squeaky Gate!
This is where you can often make or break food. The avocado and pea hummus tastes and looks great on its own, but Mrs. AnotherFoodBlogger 100% agreed that with a few tweaks/additions, it took on a whole new level. I stopped this beautiful fresh hummus with a few thinly sliced snow peas, pepitas, fresh herbs, and some of my pickled red onions. If you need to make one recipe from my site, then this is the one - we ALWAYS have pickled onions in the fridge. They (in theory) last for months and are so versatile. Think on top of avocado & pea hummus, inside a sandwich, in a burger, or in a salad. TRUST ME - they are killer 😉
BLANCH & REFRESHING PEAS
What and what? Don't worry, it's a lot less complicated than it sounds. When we cook vegetables or even herbs for herb oil, we often use the colour. The last thing we want is to be left with a dull greyish looking avocado & pea hummus, so what do we do? Blanch & refresh! Firstly, this acts as a way to defrost your frozen peas, but it also cooks them quickly. The process is straightforward. Pop the peas into a pot of salted boiling water for literally a couple seconds and then straight out into ice-cold water. You will be left with bright coloured peas that haven't lost any of their nutrients. Now all you gotta do is blend em up!
So truth be told I was gifted a Ninja Auto IQ Blender and in honour of that gift I have made this avocado & pea hummus recipe along with a dozen other things lately in the house - hit up my insta stories to see what's going on 😉
This blender is simply the BUSINESS. 1 minute, that's all it took to have this incredibly smooth avocado & pea hummus made. Their patented blades are super sharp, and instead of having 1 blade like most other processors or blenders, they have 3. Why 3? Even blending ability, faster speed, and more crushability. You can literally do anything (food-related!!) with it. Drinks, dough, purees, soups, hummus the list goes on. I honestly can't recommend it enough!
WHAT CAN YOU USE AVOCADO & PEA HUMMUS WITH?
As mentioned, it's great on its own. Grab some water crackers (or something fancier if you want) and just dip. The hummus won't stand a chance 😉 Alternatively, it will go great with some pork tenderloin, grilled chicken/turkey, or even with some lamb. Amp up the mint component and boy will this make a tasty addition to a rack of lamb.........!
OTHER HUMMUS IDEAS
Not satisfied with this recipe or want others to make with your new Ninja blender, then check out these bad boys from myself and other food bloggers!!
Smoked Pumpkin Hummus by Yours Truly
Roasted Carrot Hummus by Alexandra Cook of 'It's Not Complicated Recipes'
Spicy Beetroot Hummus by Yours Truly
Hummus w/ Pistachios & Creme Fraiche by Yours Truly
Spicy Chipotle Hummus by Sally Aleckson of 'Eight Forest Lane'
Happy Cooking and Happy Eating Friends!
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- 1 avocado
- 200 g frozen peas
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 75 ml olive oil
- 2 tbsp cold water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 4 mint leaves
- mint leaves
- 3 snow peas sliced thinly lengthways
- pickled onions
- 1 tbsp pepitas
- Blanch the peas in boiling water and refresh them *see tips*
- Blend the tahini with 2 tbsp cold water to loosen it up a little and smooth it out
- Add remaining ingredients and blend for 1 minute on high
- Garnish and enjoy with crackers as a dip OR serve it with some grilled pork or chicken!
- ninja kitchen blender
- chopping board
- chef knives
- measuring utensils
- to blanch something is to place it in boiling water for a moment, to refresh means to place it into ice-cold water. The purpose of this is to defrost the peas but also to keep the nice bright green colour
- the hummus is at it’s best the day of making it. It will last for up to 3 days in the fridge BUT it will start to darken in colour as the avocado oxidises