Harissa Hummus with Za'atar

My Harissa Hummus with Za'atar was the perfect accompaniment to my super juicy grilled lamb this evening. Hummus is a versatile dish - as a meze small plate, it's an excellent communal grazing food - inviting and moreish. As a side accompaniment to meat it's even more inviting.

Spice things up with Tunisian Harissa

Tonight, I prepared my hummus slightly differently from my regular recipe. I omitted the tahini for one, in favour of a little yoghurt and the star of the show, the spicy Tunisian pepper paste, harissa.

The finished dish is creamy, nutty and bright hummus with a spicy hit at the end. It's addictive! The scattering of the za'atar to finish gives an earthy, herbaceous addition.

Za'atar can be found across the Arab world and is a delectable herb and spice mix used to flavour and finish all manner of national dishes. Usually comprising of a combination of sesame seeds, chilli flakes, thyme, oregano, marjoram and sumac. It's a beautiful warming, fragrant addition to an already tasty favourite.

How to make my Harissa Hummus with Za'atar

Harissa Hummus with Za'atar

Harissa Hummus with Za'atar

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Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings (adjustable) 6
Calories (per serving) | 101


  • 1 400g can chickpeas (drained - retain liquid)
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 lemon (juice of)
  • Salt & pepper


  • In a food processor, or using a stick blender, blend the chickpeas, yoghurt, olive oil, harissa paste, lemon juice and salt & pepper until you've got a texture you like. I like mine super smooth - but others like theirs with more texture. You decide. Add some of the chickpea liquid if it's too thick.
  • Arrange in a bowl and pour over more extra virgin olive oil and scatter generously with the za'atar. I usually serve this as a communal offering, so will serve with lots of warmed flatbreads. I will sometimes serve as an accompaniment to meat and poultry too.


Nutrition Facts
Harissa Hummus with Za'atar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 101 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 70mg3%
Potassium 66mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 198IU4%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course | Side Dish
Cuisine | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword | Chickpea, Vegan, Vegetarian
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