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This is the sandwich you have been waiting for your entire life. When I worked in the mall, there was a small smoothie shop that made smoothies and a few healthy lunch items. Their smoothies, sadly, we’re the worst I had ever tried—but there was one thing I just kept going back for—the hummus sandwich.

Oh yes, you read that correctly. And, no, it isn’t just hummus smeared on two pieces of bread. Nope. It’s the Holy Grail of sandwiches. The king of all that is delicious and healthy. It is flavor explosion with zero guilt. Come join me on my journey to recreate this masterpiece!

First we will need some hummus. Us Americans usually pronounce it “hum-us” but the Egyptian security guard who worked with me at the store in the mall always told me it was to be said “who-mousse.”  Pronounce it how you like— I’ll just call it finger-lickin’ good. Here’s how I make it homemade, Sarah style.

Lucsious Lemon Hummus
If you’re one of those lime loving people, you can always substitute lime and transform this into Luscious Lime Hummus. Either one sounds catchy and would be tasty.

‘Greds Ya Need:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (regular or low-sodium)
  • Juice of one lemon + 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1-1.5 tbsp Extra Virgin olive oil

Simple ‘Structions:

  1. Add first 5 ingredients into a food processor with 1/2 tbsp olive oil.
  2. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides and adding in the remaining olive oil as needed.

No tahini, you ask? Most hummus recipes include tahini, or ground sesame, but I don’t think it’s necessary. I like the chunky texture and pure chickpea taste of this hummus. This isn’t the Sabra hummus, folks, so don’t expect it to taste like it! It also doesn’t have the excess soybean oil, salt and preservatives that most store-bought hummus has.

And now, we’re going to transform this Luscious Lemon Humus into a fabulous sandwich.

For the sandwich assembly you need:

  • 2 Slices of hearty bread (I used Pepperidge Farm’s Farmhouse Oatmeal)
  • 2-4 thin slices of tomato (Vine Ripened is in season and delicious right now)
  • A few slices of ripe, fresh avocado
  • A few thin slices of red onion (omit if you are taking this to the office for lunch)
  • A handful of fresh baby spinach

Assembling the sandwich:
1. Spread a good size dollop of hummus on each bread slice.
2. Layer the spinach, tomato, avocado and red onion on one bread slice
3. Top with the other bread slice.
4. Cut diagonally with a large chef’s knife.
5. Take a few looks at the beauty of this creation before devouring it.
6. Enjoy!