Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus


Panera Bread has a fantastic Mediterranean Veggie sandwich on their menu. I like this sandwich so much that I tried recreating it at home recently. I purchased most of the ingredients required for the sandwich at an adjacent Trader Joe's, but decided to make the cilantro-jalapeno hummus, an important component of the sandwich, myself. I tweaked my roasted red pepper hummus recipe from a few years back to come up with this one. While this did not taste like the original Panera spread, it was really good and came pretty close to the real thing.


  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained
  • 2-4 Tbsp lime juice or lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 small bunch cilantro (I used the stalks as well)
  • 1/4 cup kefir (optional- I only used it because I had difficulty bringing the hummus together in my food processor, but in the end, it did result in a smooth and creamy spread)
  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp roasted cumin powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper


Place all the ingredients (except the oil) in a food processor and blend well. Add the olive oil in a thin stream, with the processor still running, till the hummus comes together. Season with salt and pepper.


10 Burps:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Creamy yummy hummus...a nice twist too

Sanjeeta kk said...

What creamy texture and wonderful color to this incredibly delicious looking Hummus!

Jennifurla said...

I just made a pesto like this, yours looks over the top phenominal!

Pooh said...

I know what you mean, I love that sandwich too!
I love that you tried to recreate the hummus, kudos!

Laavanya said...

You must post the sandwich recipe sometime soon - i don't think i've tasted this at panera before.. but it has been ages since i visited one.

Sreelu said...

yum love it

TBC said...

Thanks, everybody!

Champa said...

Very nice. I tend to throw in couple of green chillies in non-Indian spreads or dips too.

Krista Jorstad said...

I think you had some trouble holding the hummus together because you're missing tahini!

TBC said...

Krista- I don't think the hummus had a consistency problem even though I left out the tahini. I don't like the taste of tahini. BTW, mine's a non-traditional hummus!

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