This is a combo I never would have thought to try. But when you buy a watermelon the size of a small animal, you start seeking out new uses for it – usually this is not a problem, as watermelon is a popular snack around here, and makes for a fine smoothie or all-fruit slurpee (its high water content makes it easy to puree) and I’ve been known to make a batch of watermelon-mint mojitos and watermelon lemonade. It turns out it makes a fascinating addition to hummus – it lightens it, making it taste fresh and almost juicy, rather than heavy and creamy from the olive oil and tahini.
Not that there’s anything wrong with traditional hummus, of course – but I found the combination of fresh watermelon and cilantro and spices made it a brighter, summery version of the usual, and easy to plow through with thin tortilla chips on the patio with a pitcher of fruity sangria.
Spiced Watermelon Hummus
Adapted from watermelon.org.
a few big chunks of watermelon
1 19 oz (540 mL) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 large garlic clove
1/4-1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
juice of half a lemon
1-2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4-1/2 tsp each cumin, coriander, ginger, paprika and turmeric (or 1 tsp curry paste)
finely diced watermelon, for garnish
extra fresh cilantro, for garnish
Puree everything in the bowl of a food processor until smooth. Garnish with the finely diced watermelon and a few extra sprigs of cilantro on top. Serve with tortilla chips or anything you like serving with hummus.
Makes about 2 cups.