This healthy hummus dressing is incredibly creamy and flavorful! It works as a dressing for just about any type of salad and is so easy to whip up. Vegan + oil-free!
There are a few store-bought dressings that I like (and occasionally buy) but normally I make my own. Homemade dressings tend to be less expensive to make and generally healthier.
Plus, they’re pretty quick and easy to whip up.
I do have a little secret though. If I’m in a huge rush and have no time to fuss with making a dressing for my salad, I just add a big dollop of hummus and use it as a dip/dressing. This little salad secret got me thinking and I started experimenting with using hummus as a base for an actual dressing — something thinner that I could drizzle.
Here’s What You Need
hummus – both homemade hummus and store-bought hummus work great! Feel free to get creative with the flavors.
water – to thin out the dressing a bit.
apple cider vinegar – when shopping for ACV, look for a brand that’s unpasteurized with “the mother” included. I personally recommend Bragg’s apple cider vinegar. It’s organic, raw and the best of the best.
lemon juice – I recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice as opposed to the lemon juice you can buy at the store!
almond butter – adds a robust flavor and creaminess to the dressing. Feel free to use any nut or seed butter you’d like.
oregano, sea salt, and pepper – seasonings, to taste.
Hummus Instead of Oil
The hummus replaces the oil and adds a nice creamy component without any dairy or oil. Less fat, more flavor! Hummus is also packed with plant-based protein and fiber, making it a nice little bonus for salads.
I like to use homemade hummus but there are a lot of great store-bought options as well.
My favorite store-bought hummus:
Cedar’s – our go-to hummus! You can’t go wrong with any flavor.
Cava – we love Cava so naturally we love their hummus as well! Again, we like all of the flavors.
Sabra – I like their classic hummus, garlic or pine nut flavors.
How to Use Hummus Dressing
This dressing is delicious and will work on pretty much any salad! Like I mentioned, it’s my go-to when I don’t have time to think through an elaborate salad and dressing. Here’s how I would build a meal-sized salad:
Choose your base greens – romaine, baby spinach, kale, spring mix, arugula, etc.
Add vegetables – I like using roasted and raw vegetables. This is a great way to clean out the fridge!
Add protein – any protein works! Tofu, tempeh, grilled chicken, cheese… whatever you prefer.
Add grains – this is optional but I love adding pre-cooked whole grains like quinoa or rice to my salads for more fiber and volume.
Add toppings – feeling like dried fruit? Want to add sunflower seeds or nuts? Add your toppings of choice!
Top with dressing – drizzle on this hummus dressing to complete your salad!