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Pita Quesadillas with Cilantro Hummus

One deck + ice cold cider or beer + good company + these quesadillas = instant good times.


This one is Recipe #2 in the 5 Essentials article from the current issue of Vegetarian Times.   The first one, Chickpea and Feta Salad, was incredibly addictive.   Here is the idea behind the 5 Essentials:

The current issue of Vegetarian Times has this great article called “By special request…”  Basically, a reader wanted a way to shorten her time at the grocery store.  Their response was five recipes that all had the same five essential ingredients in common.   The five ingredients?

  1. Diced tomatoes
  2. Leeks
  3. Chickpeas (dried or canned)
  4. Baby spinach
  5. Red bell peppers

With these ingredients, plus other basic things that are easy to find or that you may already have, you can make five different recipes.  As a bonus, each one can be made in 30 minutes or fewer!


Like I said in the Chickpea and Feta Salad post--you may be asking yourself if all of the recipes taste the same with the 5 ingredients.  My answer is absolutely not!  They have the same basics, but with the additional ingredients added to each recipe, they’re all very different.

We really loved these!  The hummus needed a little doctoring up, in my opinion, but it’s a great base recipe for you to play around with, if that’s something you like to do.  Not only are they a satisfying, tasty treat, but they’re also vegan!  A bonus!  I’m betting even meat-eaters would enjoy these.


Pita Quesadillas with Cilantro Hummus
Serves 8


1/2 cup cilantro
2 cloves garlic
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp olive oil
My additions:
tahini to taste
cumin to taste
pinch of salt


4 (7 inch) whole wheat pitas, split
jarred roasted red peppers, sliced
1 1/2 cups baby spinach

Heat oven to 350.
Make the hummus: pulse the cilantro and garlic in a food processor until chopped.
Add the chickpeas, lime juice, and olive oil, and process till completely blended.
Taste and see if you'd like to add cumin, tahini or salt.  I think I also added an extra little splash of lime juice at this point.
Set aside.

Place 4 of the pita halves on a baking sheet lined with foil. 
Spread each with about 1/2 cup of hummus.
Top with the peppers and spinach, then the rest of the pita halves.
Bake until crisp.  They say about 10 minutes, but it took about 15 for ours to get good and crispy.
Cut into wedges and serve with salsa and any other stuff you like.


  • These are vegan, but they certainly don’t have to be.  Feta would be amazing in these, but you could try your favorite cheese.
  • We had these with Oxford Falls Fried Green Tomato Salsa, which is a tomatillo based salsa.  It’s so freaking good--fresh tasting with just a touch of heat.  You really need to get yourself some!   And while you’re at it, try some of their amazing Bloody Mary Mixes--you won’t be sorry!  
  • Same 5 Essentials, but this one tastes completely different, and just as delicious, as the Chickpea and Feta Salad. 
  • Too hot to turn on the oven?  Try crisping these babies up on the grill!
  • Next up in the 5 recipes is a veggie packed pasta sauce.   That we also loved.  Stay tuned!

Oxford Falls Fried Green Tomato Salsa:




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Reader Comments (13)

Those quesadillas sound delicious, as does the cilantro hummus! Yum!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

We are absolutely crazy about hummus around here so I can't wait to try this. Those look soooo good!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterApril in CT

These look great! I love the cilantro in the hummus ... must give it such a fresh pop of flavor.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Yum! these sound very delicious!!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Bowl Of Mush

This looks so good! Even as a meat eater, I enjoy lighter fare in the summer, and chickpeas, spinach, feta, and tomatoes are some of my all time favorite ingredients!

I've never thought of using cilantro for hummus and that's a great idea; especially once it takes off in my herb garden and I have an abundant supply! Love seeing these features and amazing what you've created with just a few simple ingredients.

Oh these are all ingredients that I absolutely love and I know that every dish tastes unique and fabulous! I love what you've done here, love the cilantro added to the hummus and you have created a brilliant delicious lunch!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie


This sounds amazing. I am always looking for new ideas for hummus besides shoveling it into our mouths. We are huge chickpea fans so I will definitely be adding this to our test kitchen!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChez Us

Thank you, everyone!

I just realized--a jalapeno would be perfect blended into the cilantro hummus--nice bite!

May 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

Divine! We're also big hummus fans, in fact, I made some just last weekend that was similar to this, but without the cilantro. Can't wait to try this version! Love the quesadilla idea!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRJ Flamingo

Those look fantastic!

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

this does sound tasty

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Ooh this sounds fantastic - how would you add some heat - peppers ... salsa - I can't wait to play with this easy recipe.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

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