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Yield: 9 Servings (About 3 1/3 Cups)

2 (15-Ounce) Cans Garbanzo Beans

1 1/2 Ounces Fresh Basil (About 3 Cups Leaves, Loosely Packed)

4 Teaspoons Chopped Garlic

1/4 Cup Tahini (See Note)

2 Teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar

3/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 Cup Olive Oil Chopped Tomato, For Garnish

Diced Cucumber, For Garnish

Feta Cheese, For Garnish

Greek Olives, For Garnish

Fresh Parsley, For Garnish

Warm Pita Bread, Cut Into Wedges

Drain garbanzo beans, reserving liquid. Combine beans, basil, garlic, tahini, vinegar, salt and oil in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until smooth, adding enough of the reserved garbanzo liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time, to facilitate pureeing. (Finished hummus should be about as thick as mayonnaise.)

For each serving, scoop about 1/3 cup hummus onto a plate; garnish with tomato, cucumber, feta, olives and parsley. Serve with warm pita wedges.

Per serving (without garnishes or pita):> 215 calories; 10.5g fat (44 percent calories from fat); 1.5g saturated fat; no cholesterol; 6g protein; 24g carbohydrate; 0.5g sugar; 5g fiber; 442mg sodium; 49mg calcium; 221mg potassium.

Note: Tahini is a bottled sesame paste used in Middle Eastern cooking. It is available in international markets and some supermarkets. Leftovers may be frozen.>

Drain garbanzo beans, reserving liquid. Combine beans, basil, garlic, tahini, vinegar, salt and oil in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until smooth, adding enough of the reserved garbanzo liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time, to facilitate pureeing. (Finished hummus should be about as thick as mayonnaise.)

For each serving, scoop about 1/3 cup hummus onto a plate; garnish with tomato, cucumber, feta, olives and parsley. Serve with warm pita wedges.

Per serving (without garnishes or pita):> 215 calories; 10.5g fat (44 percent calories from fat); 1.5g saturated fat; no cholesterol; 6g protein; 24g carbohydrate; 0.5g sugar; 5g fiber; 442mg sodium; 49mg calcium; 221mg potassium.

Note: Tahini is a bottled sesame paste used in Middle Eastern cooking. It is available in international markets and some supermarkets. Leftovers may be frozen.>