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Cucumber Hummus Dip (Hummus-Tzatziki Fusion)

Posted in Appetizers, Favourites by Janet M on September 10, 2013

Cucumber Hummus Dip (Hummus-Tzatziki Fusion)

I feel a bit guilty sharing this post.

1. It will be a quickie vacation gush over Portland.

2. More easy peasy food. I feel guilty sharing such a simple recipe but it was SO GOOD.

Oddly enough, despite travelling to Japan, Morocco, Iceland and Colombia throughout my blog tenure, I have yet to do any thorough vacation recaps. Mostly sharing the recipes they have inspired back in my kitchen or the treats I made to travel with me.

Those destinations seem so foreign and mostly inaccessible to the masses. But Portland, dude, that’s in America (and I know most of my readers hail from the US of A). I also made nada special to bring with me. I knew vegan heaven was only a plane ride away.

Despite visiting for only a short weekend, I feel like I connected with Portland and the rest of Oregon. The city, even downtown, is green. Green in the lots of trees sense, and in the save the environment sense. Cycling is a culture and definitely safer than where I have lived previously. Vegans rejoice, as there are truly innumerable options for fun meals. Lucky me, many a vegan already visited Portland earlier this year (mostly for Vida Vegan Con) so I already knew where to hit up.

In brief, food: Canteen (our favourite restaurant of our trip, the Portland bowl was fabulous as well as the maca shake); Prasad (lovely soul salad and chai latte); Rawdacious raw cheesecake (found at Canteen); Raw Pixie Re’treats (loved the mock BLT and lil pudding; found at Kure and Food Fight); Kure Juice Bar (breakfast acai bowls and matcha latte); Missionary Chocolates (found at Living Room Theaters); the infamous Portobello restaurant (Rob’s lasagna was better than my portobello steak but the decadent  ice cream sundae made up for it); vegan Mexican fare (with soy curls!) at Los Gorditos; Food Fight, an all vegan grocery store for some desert treats; Rob also had some Voodoo Doughnuts, but not the vegan ones (the Memphis Mafia was pretty epic, though [peanut butter, coconut and chocolate on top of a fritter as big as his head]) and lots of local brews for Rob
(more complete reviews can be found at Happy Cow)

In brief, non-food: Cyclepedia at the Portland Art Museum, Bike-A-Rama Bicycle Tour, watching indie films on a sofa at the Living Room Theater; Powell’s City of Books, early morning views of the city from Pittock Mansion and hiking in Forest Park (loved this!!). We also snuck in some shopping at REI and a downtown cycle store.

Who could guess we were only in Portland for less than 48 hours? Well, that’s the way we roll… bring on the awesomeness!

Cucumber Hummus Dip (Hummus-Tzatziki Fusion)

I have plans to recreate that delicious Portland bowl sauce but until then, I am sharing this delicious hummus-tzatziki fusion dip. We made it before we left and we made it when we returned. It is possibly our favourite non-classical hummus. Just like my strawberry-cucumber smoothie, cucumber adds an airy lightness to the dip which is countered by flax (trust me, you can’t taste it). Lots of garlic and bit of lemon juice makes this a great dip. Or spread. Or however you want to eat it. I won’t judge.

I still have many more places on my Portland hit-list, including Native Bowl, Natural Selection and Departure with their vegan menu, and that’s just the food list. Anything you recommend I see on my second trip to Portland? :)

PS. have you entered my giveaway for a copy of Moosewood Restaurant Favorites yet?

PPS. Hopefully we’ll have some photos up later this week.

Cucumber Hummus Dip (Hummus-Tzatziki Fusion)

This is my submission to this month’s My Legume Love Affair hosted by Swathi and to this month’s Credit Crunch Munch.

Cucumber Hummus Dip (Hummus-Tzatziki Fusion)
Adapted from Fat Free Vegan

1 cup diced cucumber (from about 1/2 large cucumber, peeled if you don’t want green flecks)
1-2 cloves garlic (2 makes it nice and garlicky!)
3 tbsp water
1 tsp ground flax seeds
1.5 cups cooked chickpeas rinsed and drained if canned)
1 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

1. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Makes 2 cups.

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  1. Rob said, on September 10, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Bring on the awesomeness!!!

  2. Allysia Kerney said, on September 10, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Yay Portland! One day when I have a little bit of extra cash I gotta go back there. I love the fusion here – hummus and tzatziki both rock my socks.

  3. swathi said, on September 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Delicious Cucumber hummus dip, I love to visit portland one day. Yes it will be fun to visit beautiful places. Thanks for sharing with MLLA.

  4. Rebecca said, on September 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    I live in Portland and can’t wait to try your recommendations! I really enjoy your blog.

  5. Hannah said, on September 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Looooved Prasad, Kure,and Portobello! Glad you got to hit up so much goodness.

  6. Tasha said, on September 10, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    I love cucumbers and I love hummus, so this is must try. I actually love cucumbers as my dippers with hummus, but I’m guessing that would be overkill here. :)

  7. Eileen said, on September 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Hey, there’s nothing wrong with loving Portland! Because PORTLAND. I’ve been to so many of the places you listed & they are all fabulous. And cucumber sounds like a great addition to hummus too!

  8. kimmythevegan said, on September 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Mmmm cucumber hummus – sounds awesome! Cucumbers make everything better – it’s my fav veggie =)
    As for Portland, it sounds like you guys had a great time! I loved Canteen, Prasad & Food Fight. And Voodoo Doughnuts… oh man.
    You have to check out Native Foods at some point – that is probably one of my favourite restaurants. The food is so good! The desserts are pretty awesome too =)
    Oh and Petunia’s for some vegan & gluten-free treats – they have an amazing bakery!

  9. Joanne said, on September 10, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    I’m hoping I can convince the.boy to go to a wedding we were invited to in portland next June…and you’ve made me want to go even MORE with this!

  10. Deb in Hawaii said, on September 11, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    I grew up in the Portland area and it remains one of my favorite places–especially in the summer. ;-) You did a lot for 48 hours! This dip looks fabulous–I am definitely marking it to make.

    I’ll shoot you an email, but wanted to let you know you won the Hungry (book) Giveaway on my blog. (Good odds for this one!) ;-) Shoot me your mailing address for the publishers and they will get a copy to you. Hope you enjoy it!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on September 11, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      I didn’t know you grew up in Portland. Hawaii is also on our list of places to check out while we live in the US. You have lived in all the fun places! :)

  11. coconutandberries said, on September 11, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    I would so love to visit Portland some day. It’s famous among vegans worldwide I think! I love how eco-friendly it sounds and that it’s possible to get around everywhere by bike. Don’t even get me started on the food….
    This hummus looks delish. I’m always on the lookout for new dips to try.

  12. thepeacepatch said, on September 11, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    yowiezowie that’s quite a whirlwind adventure! Powell’s and Voodoo and Missionary Chocolates and cycling revelry sounds superfun!
    Never feel guilty about sharing an easy recipe, especially this one. I can never get enough hits of hummus! Thank you!

  13. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on September 11, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    WOW can you say JEALOUS!?! Looks like you had an incredible time in Portland. It is certainly on my list of must-visits!

    I love this hummus. I bet it tastes so fresh with the cucumber in there! Plus lightens it up :)

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  16. Elizabeth said, on October 2, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    I love hummus and this sounds like a very interesting take on it! Thank you for sharing with Credit Crunch Munch!

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