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A hummus bowl makes the best easy lunch or dinner: no cooking required! Layer a dollop with crunchy veggie toppings.

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Hello and welcome to the best quick lunch or healthy easy dinner around: the Hummus Bowl! At it’s base, this simple concept requires no cooking at all: layer a dollop of hummus with crunchy veggies and serve with pita wedges. It’s easily customizable and you can make it super basic or fancier with easy additions of ingredients. It takes just 5 minutes to make this Mediterranean-style meal that’s bursting with creamy, tangy, crunchy, fresh, and savory flavors. Here’s how it’s done!

What’s in a hummus bowl?

This concept is so simple for easy lunches and dinners where you don’t even have to think. It’s great for filler days of the week where you don’t want to cook, or you want to use up veggies in the fridge. There are a few elements that are required, and then lots of fancy toppings that can step it up from basic to beautiful. Here are the required elements in a hummus bowl:

  • Hummus: find the best purchased brand you can, or make your own (see below)
  • English cucumber: An English cucumber is long and thin with no tough skin, no seeds and a milder flavor than standard cucumber. Look for it in the produce section!
  • Cherry tomatoes or red bell pepper: It’s nice to have a red element: we eat with our eyes!
  • Olives: Kalamata olives add a satiating salty pop; try Castelvetrano olives as a milder option
  • Red onion: or use shallot for a milder option
  • Pita bread or gluten free crackers: It’s nice to have a bread item for dipping: use whatever fits your diet
  • Baby greens or chopped lettuce (optional): Baby greens add texture and nutrients
  • Feta cheese (optional): A sprinkle adds another savory element; omit or try vegan feta for dairy-free
  • Rice or another grain (optional): This makes the hummus bowl more filling, so it’s nice to include as a dinner option. We like using the microwavable pre-cooked rice packages for quick meals, or using leftover cooked rice or quinoa, farro, or even pastas like couscous or orzo.
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Variations: more hummus bowl toppings

Want to make a fancy hummus bowl? The great thing about this concept is you can make it as fancy or plain as you like. You can use leftover veggies from the fridge, or fancier pantry items to give it unexpected flavors. Or top it with a protein to make it into dinner! Here are some ideas:

Hummus Bowl

Buy best quality hummus, or try homemade

It’s easiest to pick up purchased hummus for this recipe: there are so many options at the grocery store these days! Look for a great quality brand with creamy, balanced flavor (for example to us, Sabra brand has an overly salty, artificial flavor). Or, you can make your own! Meal prep it over the weekend, then enjoy it for meals throughout the week. Here are some of our top homemade hummus recipes:

Hummus Bowl

More easy Mediterranean diet recipes

This hummus bowl is an ideal easy Mediterranean diet recipe that makes healthy eating fun! Here are a few more easy Mediterranean-style recipes to liven up your diet:

This hummus bowl recipe is…

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

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Hummus Bowl

Quick Hummus Bowls

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
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A hummus bowl makes the best easy lunch or dinner: no cooking required! Layer a dollop with crunchy veggie toppings.


  • ⅓ cup hummus
  • 8 English cucumber slices (or standard cucumber, peeled)
  • 1 handful red onion slices (or shallot)
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 handful Kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese, to sprinkle (optional or use vegan feta for vegan)
  • 1 handful baby greens or chopped lettuce (optional)
  • ½ cup cooked rice or packaged pre-cooked rice (optional) or Easy Couscous or Easy Orzo
  • 1 pita bread, pita chips, or gluten free crackers
  • Optional toppings: Jarred Calabrian chilis or roasted red peppers, caper berries, fresh herbs, frozen or homemade falafel, etc.


  1. Place greens and rice in the bowl, if using (try packaged pre-cooked rice for a quick shortcut). If using rice, season it with salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Top with hummus, sliced cucumber, sliced red onions, sliced tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. Eat with pita wedges, using the hummus as a dip / dressing for the veggies.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Julie Durka says:

    Have you ever cooked with preserved lemon? I would like to make a hummus with preserved lemon haven’t found a recipe yet.

    1. We don’t use this ingredient much, sorry!

  2. Vennie says:

    Delicious lunch! So refreshing & satisfying! However, was so surprised it had 552 calories per serving!

    1. Anonymous says:

      The above review was for the hummus bowl!

  3. Valoree Mills says:

    I made the vegetarian fried rice. So yummy. The part I liked the most was learning that cooking the rice a day before was the key to Successful fried rice.
    Thank you


    I’m a Lebanese-American and prepare several types of Mid-Eastern meals. Make Hummus (actually Hummus in Arabic means chickpeas, the paste is known is Humsiyyah! However, Americans love abbreviations, so, we accept Hummus as the name of the paste.

    In Lebanon, chickpeas are roasted, sometimes first bleached, then roasted; and are also coated with sugar. Sold at shops that deal with roasted peanuts, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and pistachio.

    Do you have a recipe for roasted hoummos?

    Keep u- your good work, Sonja & Alex


    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      We love Lebanese food: what a rich culinary tradition you’re part of! Those roasted chickpeas sound incredible — we’ve never had them coated with sugar! We do have a crispy roasted chickpeas recipe, but that one is with savory spices ( and sounds much different from roasted hoummos. We love to know if you have a recipe! Thanks for writing.

  5. Jesi Steiber says:

    We just started eating Mediterranean, and this was one of the first recipes we tried from this site. This is a MUST try! It was SO good, filling and a great dinner for two! I can’t wait to try more recipes!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for making it :)