How to Make an EPIC Hummus Board

Whether you're hosting for the holidays or just planning a fun gathering with friends, serving up an epic hummus board that your guests can enjoy is surprisingly simple. And today I'm going to show you exactly how it's done.
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I’ve long been a fan of cheese boards featuring some of my favorite plant-based cheeses, but they can get pricey really fast. Each artisan nut cheese can run you $10 or more. So if you’re trying to save some moolah, living on a budget, or just don’t have access to fancy vegan cheeses, try a hummus board instead. You get the same fancy feel without breaking the bank.

I consider hummus to be way up there with avocados as a food of the gods. If you’re not already intimately familiar with this creamy, flavorful, filling spread, hummus is a delicious dip made from a blend of chickpeas and tahini with a touch of garlic, oil, and lemon juice. Hummus is traditionally a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, but vegans everywhere have claimed it as their own. You’ll find it at almost any vegan gathering.

Instead of showing up to a party with a simple tub of hummus, try putting a little extra TLC into spicing up your hummus by turning it into a hummus board! Just hurry up and put down your amazing hummus board and get out of the way before you’re attacked by all the hungry hands diving in!

In this video, I show you how to design a hummus board using an array of fruit, nuts, veggies, dip-friendly crackers, and Sabra’s classic hummus with pretzels. I’m thrilled to have partnered with Sabra, the most widely accessible hummus brand out there today, to bring this video to life. Thank you, Sabra! Now…take a look and let the hummus-board-spiration commence.

Why You’ll Love This Easy Appetizer

This year I’m hosting multiple vegan Thanksgiving celebrations. Between all the vegan turkey roasts and other ingredients, I needed to find a way to cut down on food costs. This hummus board trick came in handy! People love getting to pick and choose what they dip and snack on, and with a diverse platter like this, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

The wonderful thing about hummus boards is that you can use whatever ingredients you have and let your creativity go wild as you assemble your board. Don’t have crackers? It’s cool, chop up some extra veggies instead (carrot spears, celery sticks, and cucumber rounds are all perfect for dipping).

Are grapes and persimmons wildly expensive at your local grocery store? You can use fresh figs, strawberries, cherries, peaches, apples, oranges, cherry tomatoes, jam, dried apricots, or even skip the fruit altogether. This is the most flexible appetizer of all time.

Mini Pickles | DIY Hummus Board | World of Vegan

What You’ll Need to Make A Hummus Board

Below you’ll find items that go great on a hummus board—but none are necessities. Pick a few of your favorites and work with those! You likely already have many of these ingredients in your pantry.

Bread & Crackers

A bowl of almond flour crackers in a white bowl against a white background.
Almond Flour Crackers

Veggies

  • Carrots, celery, cucumber, radish, bell pepper (sliced)
  • Snap peas
  • Roasted red pepper
  • Grilled eggplant
Chopped rainbow vegetables with red, orange, yellow, green, purple.

Nuts & Seeds

A small bowl of pepita pumpkin seeds.

Fruit

  • Grapes, strawberries, cherries, figs
  • Persimmon, apple, oranges, peaches (sliced)
  • Dried apricots
  • Jam
  • Cherry tomatoes
A jar of homemade strawberry chia jam.
Strawberry Chia Jam

Extras

An almond-based vegan cheese log coated in sliced chives on a cutting board, with a slice taken out.
Vegan Cheese Log

Decorative Elements

  • Fresh rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano
  • Toothpicks
  • Chives
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Edible flowers
  • Serving platter and small cheese knives

…and of course, hummus! Keep reading to see how to make your hummus shine.

Hummus Variations

You can easily spice up your hummus board even more by adding toppings or mix-ins to your hummus. For my board, I made three varieties all starting with the classic hummus from Sabra.

Pink Hummus With Goji Berries

The first was a pink hummus topped with goji berries. I dyed the hummus pink by adding a sprinkle of beet root powder with a few drops of water and mixing it in until it was thoroughly combined. You could also use dragonfruit powder which I turn to often to color my oatmeal and smoothies a magical shade of pink! Or, if you’re making your own hummus from scratch, you can simply add a chunk of beet or frozen dragonfruit to the food processor so it blends right in.

Once you’ve turned your hummus pink, sprinkle some goji berries or pomegranate seeds on top as a finishing touch! Goji berries are superfoods that are packed with nutrients and will add a delightful chewiness to the hummus, while pomegranate seeds will add a festive burst of sweet, juicy flavor.

DIY Pink Hummus | World of Vegan

Hummus With Olive Oil & Roasted Red Pepper Flakes

Using a spoon to create some texture on the top of your hummus and adding a drizzle of olive oil is the simplest way to make it feel fancy. I always love to top that off with some red pepper flakes or paprika to give it a little kick.

Classic Hummus Sprinkled with Chives

For the third variety, I kept it very simple. I chopped up some chives and sprinkled them on top of the hummus to add a little extra flavor dimension and a whole lotta’ visual interest. This is the easiest way to make your hummus (or any other savory dip) Instagram-worthy in a snap.

Other Delicious Hummus Mix-Ins

The sky is the limit with hummus add-ins. Here are a few more ideas for ingredients you can either mix in or sprinkle on top:

  • Roasted garlic
  • Caramelized onions
  • Roasted red pepper
  • Pine nuts
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Cannellini beans
  • Parsley or cilantro
  • Paprika
  • Jalapeño
  • Olive tapenade
A bowl of hummus with cucumbers and pita.

So, what do you think? Will you give a hummus board a try for your next party? I hope you do! You can go ahead and pin it on Pinterest by hovering over any of the photos in this post. And while you’re at it, come connect with World of Vegan on Pinterest for even more vegan food-spiration!

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Hummus Board

Author: Michelle Cehn | World of Vegan
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Whether you're hosting for the holidays or just planning a fun gathering with friends, serving up an epic hummus board that your guests can enjoy is surprisingly simple! Here's how to make an epic hummus board!
How to Make A DIY Hummus Board | World of Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 – 12 people

Ingredients

Hummus

Bread & Crackers

  • Baguette
  • Pita bread
  • Pretzels
  • Breadsticks
  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Pita chips

Veggies

  • Carrots, celery, cucumber, radish, bell pepper (sliced)
  • Snap peas
  • Roasted red pepper
  • Grilled eggplant

Nuts & Seeds

  • Raw nuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios
  • Candied walnuts or pecans
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds

Fruit

  • Grapes, strawberries, cherries, figs
  • Persimmon, apple, oranges, peaches (sliced)
  • Dried apricots
  • Jam
  • Cherry tomatoes

Extras

  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Dolmas
  • Vegan meats
  • Vegan cheeses

Instructions

  • Select and gather your ingredients from each section above.
  • Opt for a spacious wooden or marble board and begin assembling your masterpiece by strategically placing hummus bowls around it to anchor the arrangement.
  • Start with the largest ingredients first. This could be large crackers and baguette slices. Fan them around the bowls of hummus.
  • Next, fill it in with the medium-sized ingredients. Lastly, fill any gaps with your smallest ingredients.
  • Add garnishes such as fresh rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, pomegranate seeds, or edible flowers. Serve and enjoy!

Video

Notes

Something from each ingredient section is not a necessity so feel free to pick a few of your favorites and work with those!
Assemble right before serving to maintain freshness of all the ingredients.

Nutrition

Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 1001mg | Potassium: 541mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 12881IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg
Course — Appetizer
Cuisine — American
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Photos and video by Michelle Cehn for World of Vegan. Many thanks to Sabra for partnering with us on this recipe video—I hope you love it! 

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5 comments
  1. I love hummus boards, I definitely have to try this next time I have guests

  2. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    I made this to host my neighbors the other day! Huge hit 🙂

  3. Gina House says:

    Heavenly hummus board! I always refer to this recipe when I’m having people over. It’s simple, easy, satisfying, and just fun to create and eat. Highly recommended!

  4. Definitely epic! This will be a big hit next game night!

  5. So many delicious ways to make a hummus board!

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