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Hummus Salad Dressing (Lemon and Garlic)

Simple to make, this healthy hummus salad dressing is wonderfully thick and creamy. Made with garlic and lemon for a fresh taste.
Hummus salad dressing in a glass bottle next to a squeezed lemon and garlic bulb.

Last Updated on April 14, 2022 by Betty Davies

Creamy and healthy, this vegan hummus salad dressing is seasoned with lemon and garlic and comes together in a matter of minutes. Fresh and flavorful, it’s a great dairy-free alternative to your store bought dressings.

A bottle of salad dressing on a chopping board next to a squeezed lemon half and garlic bulb.

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Hummus is one of my favorite dips for chips, but did you know that it can also make a deliciously creamy and healthy salad dressing?!

Made with just a handful of ingredients, hummus is seasoned with lemon and garlic for a super versatile and fresh flavored dressing. It takes just a few minutes to make up a batch and is a tasty way to dress up your salads (and more!) throughout the week.

If you love hummus, you are going to adore this dressing recipe!

Be sure to try my Maple Mustard Dressing and Chili Lime Dressing too!

Why you will love this recipe!

  • Healthy: Hummus is made from chickpeas that are a great source of low fat plant-based protein. Made with no added sugar and loaded with antioxidants, fiber and lots of other nutrients, this one creamy salad dressing you can feel great about.
  • Quick and easy: Just whisk the ingredients together and you are good to go!
  • Make ahead: Once made, this has a pretty good shelf life, so be sure to make a double batch so it’s ready to use.
  • Dietary info: This hummus salad dressing is vegan and vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free. Despite not being made with dairy, it has a wonderful creamy and indulgent texture.
Creamy dressing in a glass bottle.

Ingredients

  • Hummus: To make this recipe super convenient, I used an organic store bought hummus. If you want to make your own hummus at home, be sure to check out this Lebanese hummus recipe that’s always my go to!
  • Garlic: Use a freshly grated or minced garlic clove for the best flavor.
  • Lemon: We use both lemon zest and juice in this salad dressing to give it a fresh and zingy flavor.
  • Sesame oil: I like to use toasted sesame oil, the nutty flavor works so well with the hummus. In a pinch you can use olive oil, but the sesame oil really punches up the flavors.
  • Water: to thin the dressing as required.
  • Salt and pepper: Added to taste.

How to make creamy hummus dressing

Be sure to scroll down for the full recipe!

  • Add all of the ingredients to a jug or bowl (photo 1).
  • Whisk together til smooth and creamy (photo 2).
Two step by step photos to show how to make the recipe.

Recipe Variations

This hummus salad dressing recipe is pretty delicious as it is, but if you want to mix things up, try swapping the lemon juice and zest for orange and lime. If you prefer a spicier dressing, try adding in some dried chili flakes or a squirt or sriracha.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use garlic powder instead of a garlic clove?

For this recipe, fresh is best, but in a pinch you can use garlic powder or granulated garlic. Use 1/4 teaspoon to replace the fresh garlic clove.

Can you use it right away?

As soon as you’ve mixed everything together, your hummus dressing is ready to use. However, I do prefer to let it sit for at least an hour to let the lemon and garlic flavors develop. The longer it sits the more flavorful it will be.

How do you make it thinner?

This dressing is thick, but it is pourable. I found that two tablespoons of water created the perfect texture for me but if you prefer it thinner, simply add a little more in. Similarly, if you prefer it thicker to use as a spread, simply leave the water out.

Creamy hummus dressing in a bottle on a chopping board.

Serving Suggestions

This hummus salad dressing is perfect for….dressing salads! It’s nutty, garlicky and zesty flavor makes it pretty versatile. You can also omit the water in the recipe and use it like a spread, it’s great in pita or wraps. It also makes for a great sauce for dipping falafels!

Storage

Once made, this creamy dressing is made, store it in a sealable bottle or jar. It will keep well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Because it doesn’t contain dairy, you can freeze it for up to 3 months. The texture will be fine after freezing and thawing, but the flavors may not be quite as bold.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Add more or less water for your desired thickness.
  • Use fresh lemon juice rather than bottled for the zingiest flavor and boosted health benefits.
  • Taste after made and add additional salt and pepper if required.
Hummus dressing in a bottle next to fresh lemon and garlic.

This creamy hummus salad dressing is so wonderfully rich and creamy. With hints of garlic, lemon and sesame, it’s a great healthy vegan alternative to store bought dressings.

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Hummus salad dressing in a glass bottle next to a squeezed lemon and garlic bulb.

Garlic and Lemon Hummus Salad Dressing

Simple to make, this healthy hummus salad dressing is wonderfully thick and creamy. Made with garlic and lemon for a fresh taste.
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Course: Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings (1 1/2 cups)
Calories: 105kcal
Author: Betty Davies

Ingredients

  • 10½ ounces hummus (300g)
  • 1 large garlic clove (minced or grated)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • salt and pepper added to taste

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl or jug.
  • Use a hand whisk to combine the ingredients.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Store in a sealed bottle or jar for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

Notes

  • Add more or less water for your desired thickness.
  • Use fresh lemon juice rather than bottled for the zingiest flavor and boosted health benefits.
  • Taste after made and add additional salt and pepper if required.

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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