This is a super simple recipe that I like to whip up every now and then not just as a dip, but as a sauce. This version of Paleo hummus is flavored with cilantro and lime as well as the usual bad boys of hummus-goodness: good quality organic tahini and extra virgin olive oil. To make this Paleo and no-bean, I subbed in zucchini. Yeah, I know, it sounds weird. But trust me!
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You have to peel your zucchini well, so that your Paleo hummus doesn’t end up tinged green. Other than that little trick, this Cilantro Lime Hummus is a breeze to put together. I like to make mine in my mini food processor because I like a slightly chunky not-quite-smooth texture, but if you’ve got more power than that and want your Cilantro Lime Hummus smoother, just keep processing it until the texture suits you.
Like all my favorite recipes, it seems, this one was an accident. I wanted to make a quick batch of Paleo hummus but was out of lemons. Since I can’t exactly just run out to the store to grab a replacement, I subbed in what I had: a couple of limes. By the time I’d blended it up, I realized that I loved the kick of the limes but wanted something to balance it out a little. So I pulsed in some fresh cilantro at the end to give it a nice fragrant herbal touch. I always make it the same way now – adding the cilantro last – because I like the little flecks of the leaves in the dip rather than blending it to the point that everything turns super duper Hulk green! I think it’s prettier this way.
However, if you want to use this as a sauce or salad dressing, just thin it down with a little water and keep going. The possibilities for the Cilantro Lime sauce you end up with are pretty much endless!
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