Kale Hummus Cucumber Bites

March 12, 2014 in Appetizers, Holidays

 Green bites of kale hummus goodness in honor of St Pat.

Kale Hummus Cucumber Bites

St Patrick’s Day approved bites of healthy green goodness!

Lots of folks have added lots of things to hummus – including a few tweaks of our own: Asparagus Hummus; Hot Pink (Beet) Hummus;and Black Bean Hummus, to name a few. But I was searching for green hummus, in honor of the second biggest holiday of the year at the Kelly house: St Patrick’s Day.

I found lots, but none with kale, and so I gave it a whirl- literally – in my food processor and this is now my new favorite hummus! If you saute the kale in a little coconut oil first, it softens and adds flavor to the kale. This dark leafy green adds so much depth and flavor to plain hummus – your taste buds will be amazed! Then, just whirl it into your favorite hummus recipe – or use our recipe below – and you have even more healthy hummus and GREEN to boot, in honor of St Pat’s.

My Irish foodie wish I wrote for all:

May your souffles rise to meet you,
May your colcannon be first rate,
May you find joy in every Irish stew, and
May nothing but deliciousness be found on your plate!
Happy St Pat’s All ~
– posted by Donna

KALE HUMMUS CUCUMBER BITES

4 cups chopped kale leaves
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 cans (15 ounces each) garbanzo beans, drained
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of two limes
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper sauce
1 teaspoon salt
A little water as needed
A little honey (if needed to adjust any bitterness)
!2 English cucumber rounds (about 1/3 inch thick)
Parsley laves for garnish

Saute kale in coconut oil in a large skillet, stirring constantly to remove moisture, until kale is soft.

Place cooked kale and all other ingredients in a food processor and process until very smooth, adding a little water as needed to make a smooth consistency. Add a few drops of honey as needed if your hummus is too bitter for your taste – I love the bitterness added by the kale, but temper it with honey if you like.

Spoon a little of the hummus on top of cucumber slices to serve – and garnish with a parsley leaf or two for extra festiveness!

Other fabulous green hummus out there:

Green Hummus, Honestly Yum
Cheesy Green Hummus, Weelicious
Green Garbanzo Hummus, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Hatch Hummus, Confessions of a Foodie Bride
Edamame Hummus, Vintage Mixer
Edamame Basil Hummus, Two Peas and Their Pod

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