Not Your Average Hummus: English Snap Pea and Lemon Spread

Do you love hummus? I do. It's time I learn to make some.

Spring has sprung, meaning that there are tons of fresh peas and other great vegetables showing up at the farmer's markets around town. English snap peas, lemon and thyme are all in my kitchen right now, so that's what I'm using to make my "hummus".

Garlic usually plays a big role in hummus recipes. I wanted to make this spread a little bit mellower, so have omitted the garlic. The snap peas and lemon are really bright in flavor and fresh. It just tastes like Spring.

Serve this on it's own, or add it to a pizza, like I did.

English Snap Pea and Lemon Spread


  • 20 to 30 English snap peas, shelled, and rinsed
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 mint leaves, shredded
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
  • Coarse salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl except the salt and pepper.
  2. Using a fork or a potato masher, mash the ingredients until they are almost pureed.
  3. Finish with salt and pepper.