Spring Vegetable Garden Appetizer

If you’ve read many of my blog posts, you know I love hummus. I’ve tried making Roasted Eggplant and White Bean HummusSpinach Artichoke Hummus, Tomato Boats with Hummus, and Colorful Hummus Carrot Patch Appetizer for spring. Today I’m trying another fun food for all your spring and Easter get-togethers, a Spring Vegetable Garden using hummus and fresh baby carrots, radishes, asparagus, celery, peppers, and sugar snap peas.  You can vary the vegetables according to your preference and availability. Use the smallest part of your celery bunch with the green attached. I’m currently able to get local baby carrots with greens attached. There is so much greens I must remove half or it fills the dish.  If you can’t get those, use small carrots and even cut them smaller and shorter. Watch for spring crops of asparagus and the fresh little peas. You can cut half off so it fits the dish.  (For my far north readers, pin this recipe for your spring crops later.)

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Today I’m using my basic hummus recipe but feel free to use your favorite. Double the basic hummus recipe using 2 drained cans  of chickpeas.  If buying commercial hummus, use 2 10-oz. hummus containers. This is the base for your garden and should be at least one inch deep in your dish. You may substitute your favorite dip if it is thick enough to support your little veggies in a vertical position.

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Traditional Easy Hummus

Homemade easy hummus is made with chickpeas and only takes minutes to make. It's great with veggies or pita chips.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Middle East
Keyword hummus, traditional hummus
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tso salt
  • 2 drops sesame oil, or to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in food processor
  • Blend until smooth
  • Stream reserved bean liquid into the mixture as it blends until desired consistency is achieved
  • Serve with pita chips or veggies
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Spring Hummus Vegetable Garden Appetizer

Use organic when available, serves 6

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Spring Hummus Garden Appetizer

This cute food presentation or food art makes a spring appetizer very special. A hummus flower bed filled with spring veggies. Serve with crackers or bread.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword hummus, hummus with vegetables, spring appetizer, spring hummus garden
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 20 oz or more of hummus or dip
  • 6 small carrots with green attached
  • 6 celery heart stalks with green attached
  • 6 asparagus
  • 6 radishes with greens attached
  • 6 sugar snap peas or snow peas
  • 6 small peppers
  • optional fresh parsley or other herb for garnish

Instructions

  • Spread hummus to fill bottom of a deep baking dish 2 to 3 inch
  • If desired, blanch asparagus (I like them raw, but it's an option)
  • Cut asparagus in half
  • Cut radishes in half
  • Cut any celery, carrots, or peas that are too tall
  • Arrange a row of carrots like a garden
  • Repeat with celery, radishes, sugar snap peas, peppers, and asparagus
  • You should now have 6 rows of veggies
  • Optional garnish with fresh herbs
  • Serve with whole grain crackers and a tray of more spring veggies
assembling hummus spring garden

Enjoy!

Spring Vegetable Garden Appetizer with Hummus

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

19 thoughts to “Spring Vegetable Garden Appetizer”

  1. That looks so refreshing and healthy! We are looking forward to spring around here. Still dealing with melting snow and ice. Yuck! Happy Wednesday. 🙂

    1. thanks Jenna. Last year I did a carrot patch in a cute little clay pot from Dollar Tree but this year I made it larger with lots more veggies. It’s a fun little project.

  2. What a cute idea! I’m always trying to find ways to get my kids to eat more veggies…this one might work because it would be fun to pull up the veggies. Pinned.

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