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Zesty Easy Hummus Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Happy National Hummus Day!! You are going to love this easy hummus vinaigrette salad dressing. Its tangy zest wonderfully dresses all kinds of salads, from naked greens to those summery bean and grain salads you take to potlucks. Add protein to your salads by including hummus in your vinaigrettes.

Easy Hummus Vinaigrette Salad Dressing on salad

Chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, and a good dose of spicy garlic, plus lemon juice, sesame tahini, and fruity olive oil, blended into a smooth puree–equals hummus, the dip with a funny name. This vinaigrette comes together in a jiffy, using either homemade or store-bought hummus. Here’s a homemade red lentil hummus that is ideal for an easy hummus vinaigrette salad dressing.
pouring Zesty Easy Hummus Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

A few years ago I went to to a food blogger’s retreat in the rolling hills and valleys of avocado and wine, in Southern California. All three days we nourished ourselves and each other with tidbits of food writing, photo styling, friendship, and of course—food!

The buffet tables practically groaned from the weight of all the healthy fresh food we enjoyed. For lunch one day, an abundant cascade of veggies—broccolini, carrots, asparagus and grape tomatoes, and more, flowed around a humongous bowl of garlicky, lemony, creamy hummus. a red pepper hummus donated by Sabra, one of the retreat’s sponsors. Thanks Sabra hummus for inspiring my easy hummus vinaigrette salad dressing recipe.

easy hummus vinaigrette salad dressing ingredients

Kudos also to Earthbound Farms for the endless organic produce. We woke up to smoothies loaded with their greens and frozen berries. For lunches we served ourselves from tables brimming with everything you ever wanted in a salad.

Wishing you a fabulous week–get in the kitchen and whip up a salad–with easy hummus vinaigrette salad dressing!

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5 from 2 votes
Easy Hummus Vinaigrette Salad Dressing on salad
Hummus Vinaigrette
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

This zesty hummus vinaigrette salad dressing is a snap to make. It's delicious on all kinds of salads, from naked greens to those summery bean and grain salads you take to potlucks. Makes about 1 1/4 cups dressing.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Letty Flatt | Letty's Kitchen
  • 3/4 cup hummus, homemade or purchased
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot (see note)
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika, optional (see note)
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  1. Whisk the hummus and water together in a bowl.
  2. Add the minced shallot and apple cider vinegar.
  3. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking constantly, until all of the oil is mixed in.
  4. Whisk in the maple syrup, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper.

Recipe Notes
  • I used roasted red pepper hummus to make this recipe, which lent the dressing an inviting rosy color. When I make this dressing with classic hummus, I whisk in the paprika. 
  • If you don’t have shallots, substitute a minced clove of garlic.
  • 2 tablespoons of hummus is 1 gram of protein
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini is 6 grams protein
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas is 20 grams protein

sabra hummus

This zesty hummus vinaigrette salad dressing is a snap to make and delicious on all kinds of salads, from naked greens to those summery bean and grain salads you take to potlucks.


  • Nancy loftis

    I made your chard appetizers Sunday night and they were great. Will do them again. So fun to keep up with you. Reply · 7 May, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Nancy. Great to hear your success with my recipes. Reply · 7 May, 2014

  • I am grateful for the abundance of fresh produce at our Santa Barbara farmers markets! (Including hummus) I will pick some up this saturday and make your Vinaigrette! I like Fork in the Road dogs too…
    Beautiful photo’s Letty! 😉 Reply · 7 May, 2014

    • Letty

      My <3 glows. Thanks for the gratefulness comments. Made channa masala from OSG cookbook last night! Quick and delish. Reply · 7 May, 2014

  • Patricia Constable

    I am grateful for MT, wild turkeys and the Big Hole River. Just got back on Mon. evening. We had great weather and lots of salads with good food while there. Back in Park City now. Be Well, Patricia Reply · 7 May, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Patricia! Isn’t grateful fun? Reply · 7 May, 2014

  • I have been thinking about how to do a hummus dressing recipe. Thanks for your sending this, Letty! Reply · 7 May, 2014

    • Letty

      Let me know how your vinaigrette comes out and which hummus you use. Reply · 7 May, 2014

  • I’m so glad you had a good time! I’d love to meet up and hear more. The salad looks delicious and the vinaigrette sounds divine! Reply · 7 May, 2014

    • Letty

      OK Kelley. Let’s do it. Just sent you an email. Reply · 7 May, 2014

  • I am grateful that I got to meet YOU at BTP2, and for the chance to chat! Reply · 10 May, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Dorothy! Reply · 10 May, 2014

  • It’s true those blogger events can be so inspiring. I probably should have gone to this one (as it was in my neck of the woods) but the stars didn’t align or I didn’t feel motivated– or something. But it looks like it was fun. GREG Reply · 10 May, 2014

  • Kelly

    Hummus made into a dressing, looking forward to trying this. Reply · 13 May, 2017

    • Thank you Kelly!! <3 Reply · 13 May, 2017

  • Gorgeous salad! I love everything about this recipe and if I can get over my fear of cooking with eggplant, I’m totally making it next week! Reply · 14 May, 2017

  • Maple syrup is delightful here! GREG Reply · 19 May, 2017

  • I just made this vinaigrette. I’m going to toss it with roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, green beans, avocado, mint and parsley for lunch. GREG Reply · 19 May, 2017

    • Thanks Greg. I hope you enjoy it! Reply · 20 May, 2017

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