Creamy Pearl Hummus Salad | Chickpea and Tahini Salad | Masabacha

Make a salad from hummus ingredients – sort of like a deconstructed hummus.

Deconstructed Hummus

Hummus is ubiquitous now. In much of the Western world good hummus is usually available in stores and Middle Eastern restaurants. The base flavours of hummus have a natural affinity for each other, and are a classic combination.

More unusual is using the very same ingredients, but stopping short of blending them into a paste. The same flavours are there, it is as beautiful as hummus, and it makes a salad that will have you coming back for more.

This deconstructed Hummus is an actual variant of Hummus, called masabacha, msabbaha, musabbaha, or musbacha, or probably a dozen other spellings (as it is transliterated from the original). Keep the tahini dressing sparse and just coat the chickpeas, or thin it and and more so that the chickpeas are literally swimming in the dressing.

You might also like to tryย Cauliflower, Papaya and Curried Chickpea Salad, Chickpea, Almond and Sesame Spread, Chickpeas with Ginger Root Salad, Chana Chat with Chat Masala, or Cheatโ€™s Hummus.

All the Chickpea recipes are here. Try other Chickpea Salads. You might like to browse our Salad recipes, or find inspiration with our Mid Autumn collection of dishes.

Pearl Hummus Salad

Creamy Pearl Hummus Salad | Masabacha

Take your cooked chickpeas – either a can or pre-soaked and cooked. Add a drizzle of toasted sesame oil, a slurp of good virgin cold pressed olive oil, a couple of tablespoons of sesame seeds (black and white if you have them), a tablespoon or two of tahini, juice of a lemon (or less, depending on how lemony you want the final salad), a large clove of garlic finely chopped, a handful of parsley and other herbs also finely chopped.

Mix well. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Taste and adjust lemon juice (if not tangy enough), salt and pepper.

The result? A wonderful, creamy addition to the table, that goes really well with a tomato salad.

Add some lettuce greens and fresh crusty bread, and you have lunch.

Chickpea Pearl Hummous Salad

15 thoughts on “Creamy Pearl Hummus Salad | Chickpea and Tahini Salad | Masabacha”

  1. Never would I have thought do do this.


    You will be right as rain – how I adore that expression.

    Hi Lucy, I had never thought about it before either! And when you think about that saying, it is just perfect for Australia, our obsession with weather, and the tendency to drought.

  2. Oh how wonderful this sounds….

    Hi Stephanie, it was exactly what I needed when I was sick. that and the ginger tea did wonders.

  3. Great idea! Looks very delicious!!

    Isn’t it an amazing idea? Kathryn was a wonderful source of inspiration for this salad, and it is so good.

  4. Looks delish!

    I have tagged you for a “Top 10 pictures” Meme, please do in case you are interested.

    Thank you! I would love to play. It might take me a while to get some time – it is a challenge to choose favourite photos. Yours look amazing, and made me very hungry for Indian food. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. this is a great idea and I think I would prefer it to the blended hummus…it looks inviting and appetizing.

    Thanks Ronell, I must admit it disappeared very quickly.

  6. considering how much i love hummus, i declare this recipe a winner! i can’t believe an un-blended version never occurred to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you!

  7. ive had these make in to a paste and filled wit olive oil.. served wit pita bread…

    Its was ok – my pallets were looking for sumthing salty / spicy ๐Ÿ˜›

    Don’t be afraid to add salt, paprika, raw onion, a little chilli. It is creamy, but you can spice it up a little.

  8. Well, if that doesn’t cure a cold, I don’t know what will. Your photographs are stunning. A delightful light meal. Of course, I would spice it up ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yeah, it was great! Thanks for your lovely comments. I had not thought about it before but it could be spiced up quite a bit. Me – I love everything from hot hot spice to very gentle subtle food.

  9. Visiting ur blog for the first time,I had heard abt hummus many times,ur recipe looks nice,will try it.Would love to c u on my blog.

    Your blog is lovely, Hetal, and I will visit again! Your 5 layer lasagne sounds particularly wonderful.

  10. “As right as rain” is a common expression in the States, too. All of your chickpea recipes have me sitting up and taking notice. If there is one legume I cannot do without…

    Hi Susan, I guess it is a saying that originated in the UK. It is so appropriate here with our obsession with weather and the tendency to drought. Glad you like my chickpea recipes. They are the best.

  11. That salad looks absolutely fantastic! I, too, have been using chickpeas quite a bit lately – they’re great, aren’t they?

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for the yummy idea!

    Hi jd, I just love chickpeas too! I love your chickpea taco recipe. It looks great.

  12. Thanks for stopping by my site! I like yours too.

    This salad looks delicious. I’ve made chick pea salads before, mostly in the summer with a vinaigrette dressing and tomatoes and greens, etc, but I love the idea of one inspired by hummus. I’ll have to try this soon.


    Food Is Love

    Hi Debs, Yes chickpeas are so gorgeous in a summery green salad, but this is something quite different, and oh so tasty. Hope you get to try it out.

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