Love Hummus But Hate Lemon Juice? Try These Alternatives!
Hummus is one of my favorites but I’m not overly fond of lemon juice. Unfortunately, many people think that you have to use freshly squeezed lemons or it isn’t really hummus.
Being on the contrary side, I use whatever I want and manage just fine. If you want to try a different recipe for hummus or happen to be less than crazy about lemon juice, consider these alternatives.
Balsamic or Red Wine Vinegar
One of the qualities that lemon juice does bring to the table is the tartness. You can keep that effect by using some type of vinegar instead. Red wine vinegar has been a favorite of mine for years, and Balsamic vinegar isn’t far behind. Try different vinegar flavors and see what works best for you.
A little olive oil will easily take the place of the juice. I like the consistency and the oil doesn’t obscure the taste of the garlic powder that I like to add. You could use any oil you want, but remember that high-quality olive oil is a healthier choice than some of the other oils on the market.
Some like it hot and others like it hotter. If you are the type who reaches for the hot sauce when you need to spice up soup, a hamburger, or just about anything else, try using it instead of lemon juice in your hummus. If the result is a little too hot, add more chick peas and a little oil to smooth the consistency. It won’t take long to come up with a balance that suits your taste.
Yes, you can use orange juice if you like. People who want a sweeter version of hummus will like this approach. Adding some sea salt and freshly ground pepper will create a salty/sweet taste that will make people come back for more.
There are plenty of other substitutes for lemon juice that you can consider. Take a look in the pantry and see what you find. Experiment a little and you’ll come up with some variations that make your favorite snack more versatile than ever.
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