Split peas are the sad, forgotten foods of the legume aisle. They are packed with the same plant-based protein, fiber, and nutrients of their trendier legume cousins (I’m looking at you chickpeas, with your fancy aquafaba), but no one seems to ever reach for them. We’re going to change that—because split peas are delicious, nourishing, and supremely easy to cook with!
A good place to start with split peas is by making hummus. Now, I love a good chickpea hummus as much as the next girl, but there is something just amazingly intriguing about this split pea hummus. It has such an interesting, earthy flavor, and the color is off-the-charts beautiful! My green-loving kid devours this stuff.
What do I need to make split pea hummus?
The ingredients for split pea hummus are pretty straightforward if you’ve ever made hummus before. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Dried split peas—You’ll probably find these with the dried beans at your grocery store.
- Vegetable broth—Cooking split peas in broth increased the layers of flavor in the final hummus. If you’re out of broth, you can also use water.
- Tahini—This is sesame seed butter (think peanut butter, but made with sesame seeds instead of peanuts). Most stores have it either with their other nut butters or in the international foods section.
- Garlic—Fresh garlic cloves is what you’re looking for here, not garlic powder or minced garlic in the jar.
- Lemon—Bottled lemon juice will work in a pinch, but fresh lemon will give you the best bright, citrusy flavor.
- Extra virgin olive oil—This is what helps make the hummus smooth and creamy, plus the nourishing fats help this snack make you feel fuller longer.
- Ground cumin, cayenne, and salt—These will add a little bit of an extra flavor boost!
If you don’t need this to be vegan or vegetarian, you can also use chicken bone broth in this recipe.
Do I need to soak split peas before I cook them?
Nope! Unlike most dried legumes, split peas don’t need to be presoaked in order to cook up quickly. If you’ve had digestive problems with split peas or lentils in the past though, soaking overnight may help your body digest them better.
What should I serve with split pea hummus?
I love making a hummus plate with pita wedges, carrots, peppers, falafel patties, and anything else that is good for dipping in hummus! Hummus can also be used in sandwiches and wraps to add flavor and moisture, as a dressing on salads, and even mixed into deviled eggs!
How long will split pea hummus last?
In the fridge, split pea hummus will last up to a week. Hummus also freezes beautifully! Just spoon into a freezer-safe container and freeze. Thaw completely before enjoying it. You might need to stir vigorously if the hummus has separated, but it’ll come back together quickly.
What else can I do with split peas?
We’re on a one-website mission to get everyone cooking and enjoying more split peas! Here are some of our favorites to try out: