Cool Ranch Hummus

I am really, really excited to share this recipe today. As I’ve mentioned in the past, chickpeas are one of my favorite foods. They’re extremely versatile and can go sweet or savory. You can process them, roast them, throw a handful on salads, sprout them (that’s next on my list of things to try!) – the possibilities are endless. Oh, and they’re also cheap, especially when you buy them in dried form from the bulk bins. However, one thing pretty much never changes – I always make a big batch of hummus for quick lunches and snacks during the week.

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The herbs I planted on my porch are doing surprisingly well. Based on my previous lack of ability with basil plants (they turned pale green and bit the dust in a matter of days), this is no small feat. The only problem I have now is that I can’t keep up with actually using them. I know I can freeze some of the herbs for later, but I really wanted to take advantage of them straight off of the plants. There’s nothing like the smell of freshly picked parsley, chives, and mint. I have a moment with that chocolate mint every time I water the plants. It’s fine – the neighbors already think I’m nuts based on the ridiculous things I say to my dogs on our walks.

The chocolate mint didn’t make it into this recipe, but I was able to make a nice dent in the thriving parsley and chive plants. I’m especially proud of those because I grew them from tiny seeds!

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I veered away from my standard hummus recipe this time, swapping out the lemon juice for apple cider vinegar and tossing in some nutritional yeast for a B12 vitamin boost and a slightly cheesy flavor. It was after I randomly sprinkled in some garlic powder and chopped red onion that I realized I had happened upon my greatest hummus achievement to date.

Do you remember those cool ranch Doritos? I mean, who doesn’t, right? Scary ingredients, no nutritional value, but highly addictive. The flavors in this recipe somehow combine to create the hummus version of those chips. I thought I might just be losing my mind, but I’ve made this recipe three times in the last week and all three times it’s been devoured in one sitting. And not just by myself, I promise.

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I took the hummus to our friends’ house last weekend and set it next to a pretty spectacular cheese and fruit plate. Any cheese is tough competition, but this was the good stuff, and I was the only non-cheese-eating person there. To my delight, however, people did try the hummus. I’m sure the first bite was out of courtesy to me, but after that initial taste, the hummus actually sort of stole the show! It was one of my prouder moments in life.

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Make. this. now. If it doesn’t change your life, it will certainly improve your week. Just keep some of that fresh mint on hand for later – your friends/co-workers/significant other will thank you.

Cool Ranch Hummus (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Hummus
Serves: about 3 cups of hummus
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons filtered water (less if you use canned chickpeas--see note below)
  • ¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add all of the ingredients except for the red onion.
  2. Process for 1-2 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice, until the hummus reaches your desired consistency.
  3. Add in the diced red onion and pulse the hummus several times until the onion is well-incorporated.
  4. Serve the hummus as a dip for veggie sticks, on top of a salad, or as a sandwich spread--the possibilities are endless!
Start with ¼ cup of water and add the additional 2 tablespoons one at a time if the consistency is too thick. If you're using canned chickpeas, you will likely need less water.


Side Note: I feel the need to announce that the tomatoes in the photos are also from a hanging plant on my porch. Sure, I bought the plant almost fully grown, but I’ve kept it alive, even after Aaron dropped it in the parking lot and it fell over on the car ride home.

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  1. says

    I think I much prefer the idea of cool ranch hummus than the same-flavoured doritos 😉 Apple cider vinegar is a great idea, esp. if you’re like me and are often hit with the immediate desire to make hummus and no lemons on hand! Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    It’s funny how references to indulgent foods (cookie dough, cake batter, ranch Doritos) incites a desire to make whatever dish is being compared. This could be mung beans paired with beets and dog food, and if you say it tastes like Doritos, I’m gonna make it! Thanks for a awesome recipe!

  3. says

    I still can not resist regular cheezy Doritos. Ugh. So good. Cool ranch are good too and if that is what this hummus tastes like well then it needs to be injested by me. This one is for sure being bookmarked. btw…I love your subtle humor. I smile periodically throughout your posts b/c I get it and I just wanted you to know! :-)

    • says

      No judgement on the cheezy Doritos. I went through a phase when I was little where I only ate cheese doodles (I still have a soft spot for those), Yoo Hoo, and hot dogs – and the hot dogs were from street vendors in NYC. Somehow I survived. 😉

      I’m so happy someone appreciates my sense of humor! I never really know for sure how people are going to read my posts. I’m glad you get it. :)

      • says

        I know I feel the same way about my posts, that’s why I always feel the urge to tell others even though it seems kind of weird. But if I ever feel that way I just think to myself “would I like it if someone did told me this or would I think they are crazytown?” if my answer is yes to the first thought then I go with it! HA! 😉

    • says

      Yay! I’m so happy you liked it! My goal was to figure out a way to use up my fresh herbs – the ranch flavor was sort of a happy accident.

    • says

      It’s funny because it takes me back to 7th/8th grade too! I pulsed the onion in at the end to give it a little bit of texture, but you can certainly add it in with everything else if you want a smoother hummus.

  4. says

    Oh this recipe.. love.

    I missed reading your blog – I was on a blog hiatus and I’m trying to catch up. I’m Olive’s mama!

    • says

      I was wondering what happened to your blog…glad to know you’re back! I love the new blog name!

      Olive is seriously the cutest pug I have ever seen. I kind of want to steal her. 😉

  5. Laura S. says

    Cool Ranch Dorito-like vegan hummus??? You’re a genius! I cannot wait to try this. Have a party to go to tomorrow and still haven’t decided what I’m going to make…this may fit the bill perfectly. I am hoping it tastes like the Doritos junk-food indulgence without all the junk ingredients!! :-)

    • says

      I’ll admit that it’s been a while since I ate Doritos, but this hummus definitely has a similar ranch flavor and was a big hit with all of my friends. :)

  6. says

    I NEED to make this; cool ranch doritos were my favorite. Also, I think I might thin out the hummus and use it as a salad dressing!

    • says

      I love your salad dressing idea! I sometimes use hummus in place of dressing, but I never think to thin it out. I’ll have to try that!

  7. says

    I made this recipe last night after much anticipation and I loved it. I think I needed to add a little more liquid (I was worried about adding too much) as it was a little dry but other than that it tasted just like Cool Ranch to me.

    • says

      I’m so glad it lived up to your expectations! Definitely play around with the liquid next time so the texture is less dry. I like a thicker hummus, so I tend to use a little less when I make it.

  8. Fiona Young says

    This is really yummy! Thank you! I’m going to use it to make hummus quesadillas! I tried to rate this recipe 5 stars but it wouldn’t let me press the last star for some reason. :(

  9. Laura says

    This sounds amazing! Any tips for making it with premade hummus, such as how much to use? I have a large tub of premade hummus from Costco, and I would love to try and use what I have already! Thanks! :)

    • says

      I think you could probably just add the spices to the pre-made hummus (assuming it’s plain) – chives, onion, parsley, nutritional yeast, and garlic powder. Maybe a little apple cider vinegar if you think it needs some acidity. I hope it turns out well! :)


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