Outdoor Entertaining with DIY Hummus Bar

This DIY hummus bar is here to celebrate the beginning of summer. This means we’re back to outdoor festivities and social gatherings. What makes this summer extra special, is that most of us get to enjoy each others company without the masks. We’re starting to plan meals for our outdoor get-togethers with friends and family. However, most of us would prefer to avoid the inevitable “double-dipping.”

Guest Post by Dietetic Intern Dianna Haberberger

To get us back into a groove of eating and sharing together, a great gathering tip is a “create your own” snack bar. This is a wonderful way to have your guests interact and have fun making something personalized. A food favorite of ours is hummus! This yummy protein-packed, plant-based food is a great base for creating your own snack. Some of our favorite hummus’ come from Aldi’s where there are several flavors to choose from including roasted red pepper, roasted garlic, classic, spicy, olive tapenade, roasted pine nut, cilantro, jalapeño, and brownie batter hummus for our sweet-tooth friends!

Let’s Party! Start by setting-up your hummus bar with all the different flavored hummus’ in bowls. Have all the extra toppings separated and ready for serving along with cups and utensils for your guests to “create their own” hummus cup!
Some yummy combo ideas:
Roasted red pepper hummus topped with diced roasted red peppers or sun-dried tomatoes, sesame seeds and celery sticks

Roasted garlic hummus topped with chopped basil, lemon wedge and pita crackers

Classic hummus topped with chopped olives, sprouts, sliced radishes, snap peas, and baby carrots

Spicy hummus topped with diced avocado, sunflower seeds, chopped cilantro, lime wedge and tortilla chips

Olive tapenade hummus topped with black beans, feta cheese, diced cherry tomatoes and pita

Roasted pine nut hummus topped with pumpkin seeds, finely chopped basil, sliced cucumbers and red bell pepper

Cilantro jalapeño hummus topped with plain Greek yogurt, diced cherry tomatoes, lime wedge, and crushed tortilla chips

Brownie batter hummus topped with strawberries, peanut butter, sprinkles, and graham crackers or pretzels

Impress your guests even more by preparing your own hummus. Our lemon goat cheese hummus recipe is a crowd pleaser. For more Mediterranean-styled cooking ideas with over 100 delicious recipes check out Jennifer McDaniel’s cookbook: The Mediterranean Table. Each recipe offers a fresh take on healthy eating by combining flavors of fresh herbs, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and heart-healthy olive oil.

For more personalized nutritional support set up a consult with McDaniel Nutrition Therapy by contacting us or contact our office at (314)530-7400.
Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention’s Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons.If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.

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