Garlic Dill Pickle Hummus

We’re always looking for ways to incorporate fermented foods into other dishes. Here’s a nice way to flavor hummus, using fresh dill and fermented garlic dill cucumbers.

Like any legume, seed or tree nut, we recommend soaking them first to remove anti-nutrients and make them easier to digest.


Dill Pickle Red Lentil Hummus
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Yield: 6 cups
  • 2 cups (300 g) split red or green lentils
  • 11 cups (2.7 liters) filtered water
  • 4 fresh (or pickled) garlic cloves (about 1 Tbsp minced)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) pickle, sauerkraut or other fermented veggie brine
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 to 2 medium lemons)
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) tahini, stirred well
  • ¼ cup (60ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 sprigs fresh dill
  • 2 dill pickles
  1. Soak lentils in 6 cups cool water for 4 to 8 hours to make them more digestible and reduce anti-nutrient content.
  2. Drain well after soaking.
  3. Add 5 cups fresh water and lentils to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 20 to 30 minutes, until it looks like a slurry and almost no liquid remains.
  4. Allow lentils to cool for 20-30 minutes.
  5. If beans are still liquidy, drain them through a fine mesh strainer, otherwise just let cool.
  6. Add beans, salt and garlic to the bowl of a food processor. Take it for a spin on high for 10 seconds.
  7. Remove dill fronds from stems and mince. Add tahini, lemon juice and dill to bowl. Take it for another 10 second spin.
  8. Drizzle olive oil into food processor while spinning for another 20 seconds.
  9. Transfer to a serving or storage bowl.
  10. Chop pickles into ¼" (1 cm) size cubes and stir into serving bowl. Garnish with thinly sliced pickles if desired.
  11. Due to the high protein content, hummus is relatively perishable (compared to most other recipes up in here!) Will keep for refrigerator for 3 days.


Inspired by Alton Brown’s “Hummus for real” recipe.


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