Meyer Lemon Chickpea Dip

January 17, 2011
3 Ratings
Author Notes

This recipe was created after a bro-in-law wanted to make hummus; I was out of tahini, but had this idea floating around my mind. Lemony, tangy and garlicky, this Meyer lemon dip is great with fresh pita and/or fresh cut veggies, – we especially enjoy dipping endive. Enjoy! - lapadia


Test Kitchen Notes

This super easy hummus-like dip has a lovely lemony kick to it. I normally add twice as much lemon juice to hummus than called for, so this is a perfect way to get the tangy lemon flavor without being too runny. I removed the lemon pips before whizzing it in the blender and used smallish cloves of garlic. Yum-yum! —Victoria Ross

  • Makes around 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 small Meyer Lemon, with peel, chopped up, discard seeds **preferred
  • ** alternate = juice and zest from one Meyer lemon
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire - note: I use this in place of salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry Greek oregano
  • 1 - 15 oz can chickpeas, drained
  • Fresh ground pepper - or a pinch of cayenne
  • Red pepper and/or scallion for garnish
  • Note: use the juice & zest of one lemon, plus extra sweetner not using Meyer lemon.
In This Recipe
  1. Combine the lemon, garlic, olive oil, agave nectar, vinegar, Worcestershire and oregano in a blender or food processor; process as smooth as you can get it. Note: there will probably be little bits of the peel – regardless of how great your processor is, but we like the little burst of fresh lemon!
  2. Add the drained chickpeas incorporate with the lemon mixture; process until smooth.
  3. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl.
  4. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
  5. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight - the flavors are always best with a longer sit.
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    12 Reviews

    GloriousGarlic January 29, 2011
    I'm going to try it - sounds yummy. But ..... only 1 or 2 cloves of garlic?
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    lapadia January 29, 2011
    I love lots of garlic, but 1-2 cloves for this recipe seemed to be the perfect blend of flavors, however, your name is GloriousGarlic so by all means...use more! Can't wait to hear how it turns out :)
    maria S. January 24, 2011
    gonna try. Our neighborhood has a bumper crop and my post-x'mas diet is not allowing me to make as many tarts as I would like.
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    lapadia January 25, 2011
    I hear you on that post-x'mas diet, and that is what I was thinking with this dip, not as much fat as some of my others! Enjoy...
    Lizthechef January 23, 2011
    Whoa, I missed this in the flood of dip recipes. Am instantly adding to my Meyer lemon favorites - will try ASAP. Thumbs up!
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    lapadia January 23, 2011
    I JUST logged on and say your comment...Thanks! I didn't have time to make a couple "minor" wording edits before deadline so here it is on my food website, just for the heck of it:
    drbabs January 18, 2011
    Doesn't meyer lemon just make everything better? Great recipe!
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    lapadia January 19, 2011
    Thanks, drbabs!
    TheWimpyVegetarian January 18, 2011
    This sounds great lapadia! I've got to try this with using the whole lemon! I think I've got everything here to give this a whirl, so to speak :-)
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    lapadia January 18, 2011 I say above, if you ? Meyer Lemons...this is great.
    hardlikearmour January 18, 2011
    Yum! I love that you used the whole lemon, plus it sounds like a snap to make. I bet it would be awesome on some sea salt pita chips.
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    lapadia January 18, 2011
    Thanks, HLA! I agree, sea salt pita chips sounds tasty...