Ya-Ya’s Hummus

The beauty of family traditions is, as time passes, our favorite memories are the ones of special moments spent with the people we love and care for the most. Many of our family traditions center around food and the family recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. You may have rich family traditions with recipes everyone anticipates every year. Maybe you will be the one to start a legacy of traditions for your children’s children, and beyond. I come from a long line of Lebanese women who spent many hours in the kitchen serving others with the gift of fresh, homemade food and warm hospitality. My days, however, are filled with other priorities, leaving little time to make elaborate meals, so simple recipes are often this busy mom’s best friend. Family traditions can still be preserved by modifying the old classics like my grandmother’s shortcut recipe for hummus that promises the same tummy- love that a recipe from scratch would bring. It comes together in seconds and is guaranteed to be a show-stopping appetizer your family will request many times over! Be ready to share!

Ya-Ya’s Hummus

By: Tonya Baldessari


2 lbs Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
1/3 cup bell peppers, chopped (red and green at Christmas time; otherwise, use yellow, red, and orange)

1⁄4 cup cucumbers, chopped
2-3 Tbsp Feta cheese, crumbled
Olive oil to drizzle


  1. Choose a pretty platter or dish.
  2. Spread the whole container of hummus onto the platter in an even layer.
  3. Sprinkle the bell peppers, cucumbers, and Feta cheese evenly over the hummus.
  4. Finish with olive oil generously drizzled over the entire platter.
  5. Serve with Triscuits, veggies, pita chips, or anything else that’s good for dipping.
  6. (Triscuit Fire Roasted Tomato and Olive Oil & Garden Herb are my family’s favorite cracker for enjoying Ya-Ya’s Hummus!)


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