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Red Lentil, Shallot & Sun-dried Tomato Hummus

It’s amazing what can happen when you look through your cupboards sometimes. A few weeks back, as I tried to catch my breath from the holidays, I wasn’t yet ready to relax as I was hosting a baby shower for one of my very best friends in the world.

On the long list of tasks to do when throwing a party, inevitably ‘making dip’ has to fall in there somewhere. Dips are a stand in for serving with all manner of things, and alongside a cheese plate (or instead of) can make the first hour of a party seem like the best part (or at least can get everyone in the mood for what’s to come). I didn’t feel like walking to the store to gather anything, and so a foraging journey through the McDermott cupboards was in order.

This is what I found: fast cooking red lentils, sun-dried tomatoes, shallots, cumin. Limes. What fun! In 30 minutes, I had a new creation that had been cooked from scratch, and a day later I had enough dip to feed a whole army of beautiful hungry women, ready to take on the world (or at least share a few laughs & tears together). It was a great time indeed!

Red Lentil, Shallot & Sun-dried Tomato Hummus:

(1) cup red lentils, uncooked
(2.5) cups water
(1/2) tsp salt for cooking with lentils
(1) cup sun-dried tomatoes, *preferably without oil
(1-2) cups boiling water
(2) shallots
(1/2) tsp salt for cooking with shallots
(1) tbsp cumin
(1-2) tbsp olive oil
(1/4) cup roasted sesame tahini
(3) tbsp lime juice
(1) tsp salt
(2) tbsp olive oil

Combine the lentils, water, and (1/2) tsp salt in a saucepan with a lid and bring to a boil covered. Once boiling, turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes with the lid on.

*If using tomatoes not packed in oil, put up some water to boil in a kettle. Place the tomatoes in a bowl and pour boiling water on them and let soak for 5 minutes or so to soften. After 5 minutes, drain the tomatoes and set aside. If using the oil-packed kind, simply skip this step.

Peel and chop the shallots. Warm a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan and add the shallots and (1/2) tsp pf salt. Cook on medium heat for 5-6 minutes, until the shallots are soft. Add the cumin and cook for 3-4 more minutes, until the cumin is fragrant. Remove the shallots from heat and set aside. When all of the ingredients are ready, in a blender or food processor combine the cooked lentils, cooked shallots, drained tomatoes, tahini, lime juice, olive oil & remaining (1) teaspoon of salt and blend all to combine. This mixture should whip up no problem in a regular blender and only requires a little agitation from a spatula.

Remove the (likely still hot) mixture from the blender into a clean container or serving bowl, drizzle lightly with olive oil and allow to cool. This recipe makes a generous amount and will keep in the fridge for up to a week or more.Enjoy with crackers (I served them with baguette and Mary’s gluten-free crackers), or chopped raw vegetables. I also enjoyed this on an open-faced sandwich smothered in sauerkraut.

39 responses to “Red Lentil, Shallot & Sun-dried Tomato Hummus

  1. This recipe is beautiful Shira! I really need to restock my pantry with red lentils! They are so easy to cook, I miss having them around!

    This dip sounds like just the thing for catching up with friends, so glad you guys had a lovely time!

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks Gabby! The red lentils totally saved tired old me from wilting at the thought of another trip to the store 🙂 Lifesavers…really! Have a great weekend!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new website – just beautiful!

    One of my commitments this year was to eat more legumes, beans and pulses and this red lentil hummus will be a great option to have from regular hummus and a great new dip recipe. Love the addition of the sun-dried tomatoes!

    1. Thank you Ji, I am so glad you like it! This would be perfect for you – and I love that commitment, so good for you if your digestion is okay with it 🙂 Happy Friday!

    1. Thank you for coming over to visit Holly! This would be amazing with anything oniony..even garlic would be amazing too! So happy to have you come by, have a great weekend yourself! XO

    1. Thanks Annie! Crazy to leave the comfiness of the WP community but happy to embrace the new home! Looking forward to sharing more! Happy Friday friend! XO

  3. Hi Shira! Just started following at your new site! Congrats! I love this recipe! I eat red lentils weekly and I just made a roasted chipotle sun-dried tomato dip, so I have some extra sun-dried tomatoes left over. I will need to try this! 🙂

    1. Hi Brandi! Wonderful, thanks for coming on over, and so happy you like the slightly streamlined new look, just trying to iron out a few wrinkles and get used to it all! I’ve been enjoying this new take om hummus quite a bit as it is very satisfying, I hope you like it 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  4. Wow Shira – congratulations!!! This is fabulous, I love it – the clean and minimalistic look, is so beautiful!
    The recipe is so delicious – I love hummus and what a great idea to make it with red lentils, shallots and sun dried tomatoes! – Yummy 🙂

    1. Wow, thank you Anne! So happy to have you join me – I am so glad you like it! Looking forward to more sharing – and as always appreciate your support! XX

    1. Hi Ronnie, thanks! So happy to see you here 🙂 My motivations for moving were largely in customization…there are only so many options for customizing websites when using WordPress – I had wanted to make some changes from the start but finally got the guts to go for it 🙂 I hope that helps, and thanks again for coming over!

  5. This sounds really delicious. Thanks for letting me know of your move and good luck with your continued growth. I do appreciate your contributions to increasing awareness of and ability to eat healthfully!

    1. Thanks Lisa! So happy to have you by, and thanks again for your support as part of the wonderful WP community 🙂 Looking forward to sharing more in the coming year with you!

  6. First of all, wonderful new site. It looks gorgeous and you did a great job! Second..I JUST made a recipe with sun dried tomatoes last night, and have some left over that I was going to use on pizza, BUT this sounds even better!!

    1. Thank you Britt! I am so happy to see you here – and YES! This is perfect for using up those tomatoes..though pizza sounds pretty amazing too! XO

  7. OH MY GOODNESS. I have been away from the blogging world for a while. You took the plunge! It looks fantastic! I’m going to have to email you about the motivation behind this switch my dear. I keep thinking about it, but wordpress is such a cozy little community that it’s a scary leap!

    Now for that utterly fantastic dip. Leave it to you to make a hummus with red lentils and sun-dried tomatoes, two of my very favorite things in this world! In LOVE (and with you too) xx

    1. I DID! So happy to have you here Somer, you’ve been missed! Email away, I’d love to share – and yes, it was a scary move but so necessary….hard to leave WordPress for sure!

      You will love this combo, it’s intense, but amazing! Perfect for parties & large groups 🙂


  8. The new website looks amazing, congratulations. Is there a “like” or similar option so that you know people are following you and liking what you are doing even if they don’t comment?

    1. Hi Rachel! Thank you for coming over to take a peek (not sure if you subscribed or not but thank you if you did!)! Unfortunately that was one of the features we couldn’t move over – I hope it means folks will still leave a trace of their visit and totally understand not every one wants to comment all the time! Would love to see you here, you’ve been a great support to me! XO

  9. This recipes looks awesome. I love red lentils in the hummus dip. How clever! I am definitely making this soon! For today, I am going to stick with your simple chickpea yogurt dip since I have those ingredients on hand 🙂 Thanks Shira!

  10. Wow!!! sounds so yummy!
    I was just wondering if you drain the lentils after cooking them or you mix all the ingredients with the water, if any left?
    I can’t wait to do it!!

    1. Hi Arianna! Great question 🙂 Because the red lentils get quite soft, any leftover water should be drained if you can. It will depend if there is any left of course as you say. Good luck with this one, it’s a favorite!

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