Ginger Lime Hummus

Ginger Lime Hummus | A Couple Cooks

Are you feeling the winter blues? It’s the depth of winter here in Indianapolis, with lots of gray skies, snow and rain. Though in our family we have had lots of fun things to celebrate this month (the birth of our Pretty Simple Cooking cookbook, my birthday, and Larson’s birthday), we are still craving fresh flavors.

This ginger lime hummus kicks up the hummus game with fresh, Asian-style flavors: ginger, lime, garlic, and soy sauce. And speaking of “pretty simple, ” this one is actually ultra simple: just throw 6 ingredients into a food processor and blend! Why make your own hummus? Store bought hummus can be expensive, and we find the flavor in more inexpensive brands sometimes can be oversalted or too garlicky. But the real reason we do it: it’s fun! Every time we make it at home, I find myself enjoying it more because we made it with our own two hands.

Related: Classic Hummus Recipe

We made this ginger lime hummus especially for our new vegan banh mi recipe! Talk about curing the winter blues: it’s an ultra flavorful take on the traditional Vietnamese sandwich, spread with this hummus and topped with tart pickled vegetables and cilantro. Since this ginger lime hummus is standalone good on its own, we separated it into its own recipe so we’d remember to make it on its own too! With pita chips or veggies, it’s the perfect way to spice up your winter eats.

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free

Ginger Lime Hummus | A Couple Cooks

Ginger Lime Hummus | A Couple Cooks

Ginger Lime Hummus

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x


Looking for an extra kick to your hummus game? This ginger lime hummus features fresh flavors and is the perfect vegan snack! Or try it on our vegan banh mi.



  • 1 medium garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 15-­ounce can chickpeas plus 2 tablespoons reserved can liquid (aquafaba)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (2 large limes)
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari


Peel the garlic. Peel and mince the ginger. Place a measuring up under a strainer and drain the chickpeas, reserving the can liquid (aquafaba).

In the bowl of a food processor, add the garlic, ginger, chickpeas, 2 tablespoons aquafaba, lime juice, tahini, and soy sauce (or tamari). Blend for a minute or two until very creamy, stopping to scrape the sides as necessary. Store refrigerated for up to 1 week.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    February 20, 2018 at 7:04 am

    This hummus looks delicious. And…..I love that cinemagraph you now have on your site. I must have watched it 20 times over and over because I like the way you don’t expect it to move then you both do move! Oh the simple things in life amuse me! You both look great in it, by the way.

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      March 14, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Haha thank you so much! We had fun putting that together — and it actually always freaks me out when I’m looking at the site. Ha! Thanks for saying so!

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    February 20, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I just boiled chickpeas and was wondering if I’m going to make hummus or a soup. Hummus it is! Delicious! You know, there’s no store bought hummus here and also no canned chickpeas, but chickpeas and beans are very important for our weekly menu. I was so happy when I discovered hummus and falafel!!

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      March 14, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      Oh this is perfect! I hope you enjoyed the hummus — and let me know if you tried it on the Vegan Banh Mi too! :)

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    December 4, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    I have never made hummus before and I was excited to come across this recipe as hummus has been on my radar. This recipe looks very simple and one where I already have most of the ingredients

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    January 5, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Love this recipe. Came across it when I realized I had already used all the lemons on my tree for lemon bars and needed an alternative. The chickpeas had already soaked overnight so I had to move.
    This is really unique and delicious. I mix the additives and let them sit ten minutes or so to really blend flavors. Then blend in tahini and add iced cooking liquid. (Yes, icing the “water” is essential for creaminess!) When adding the chickpeas, definitely let the blender go for full two minutes.
    Serving with blue corn tortilla chips tonight. Thanks for this recipe!

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