Basil Tomato Hummus

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Basil is truly my favorite herb.  I love the cool, refreshing flavor.  And it always reminds me of summer.  And since summer is on it’s way out, there’s no time like the present to make this Basil Tomato Hummus:





  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup loose sundried tomato halves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini sauce
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of pepper




  • Combine in food processor and let ‘er whirl.  May take some time to combine.


Delicious – eating a slice of toast smeared in Basil Tomato Hummus kind of reminded me of pizza, actually.   Pizza you can dip your fingers into again and again. 


Let’s see – I’m exhausted.  Last night’s festivities totally did me in.  Good thing my boss is the Husband and he lets me slack off at work when I’m not feeling so hot.  As long as patients don’t catch me snoozing behind the desk!


In addition to the hummus sammie, I grabbed a little side salad from a nearby restaurant for lunch:


In the mix:


Salad greens









My next goal is to tackle this mess:


And pack for a weekend trip.  I’m going back to Philadelphia (third time in a month!) for BFF Lauren’s wedding.  I’m going to be a bridesmaid and am very, very excited.  Our friends have been referring to the wedding as ‘the wedding of the century’ because rumor has it that the party is going to be pretty swanky.  Leave it to Lauren to go big or go home!


Random question of the day:  How many weddings did you attend this summer?  We had two, but our friends Nicole and Isaac went to approximately 1,032.  I swear they had a wedding or two every weekend.



  • genki September 7, 2011, 3:04 pm

    Three weddings attended. One missed. Many more to come next year! Have fun.

  • Katie September 7, 2011, 3:06 pm

    I went to 4 and am missing 2 this month, plus another one in november. And it’s only the beginning!

  • Rachel September 7, 2011, 3:07 pm

    We only went to one wedding back in May. Next one on the agenda is OURS. In 17 days.

    • Caitlin September 7, 2011, 3:08 pm

      Happy wedding!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please September 7, 2011, 3:23 pm

    Sadly, no weddings this summer. Next summer is shaping up to be a good one though!

  • Whitney September 7, 2011, 3:23 pm

    I only attended two this being mine!! Going to another one next month. It’s weddings and babies, weddings and babies, and more weddings and babies!!!! yikes!! 🙂

    Have a great time!

  • AndreaClaire September 7, 2011, 3:25 pm

    For the first time in what seemed like forever, I didn’t attend a single wedding this summer! I did, however, attend five baby showers.

    Next step in the process, I guess!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 7, 2011, 3:26 pm

    i have a huge tub of basil in my fridge and i was just thinking about what to do with it!! thanks for the idea 🙂

    we had 4 weddings this summer, 2 of which i was in. my husband and i are both at that age…

  • Jolene ( September 7, 2011, 3:28 pm

    We went to two weddings this summer … one was my sister’s! It was my first time being in a wedding party. We have a four more weddings coming up throughout the year.

  • allison @ thesundayflog September 7, 2011, 3:28 pm

    oh. YUM!!!!!!!!!!! making that stat. where is her wedding/reception?! i love weddings!

  • Amanda September 7, 2011, 3:29 pm

    3 weddings total this summer, last one is this weekend! Now I’m engaged, along with a few of my friends, so it’s really picking up!

  • Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) September 7, 2011, 3:32 pm

    Yum, this sounds great for the growing-chilly weather. Very comforting – maybe mixed with pasta?

    And one wedding this summer (this weekend) but so far 2 for next summer. Reading that age…!

  • Johanna B September 7, 2011, 3:34 pm

    The last wedding I went to was on Halloween Eve last year. It was my daughter’s wedding. It was different. The minister dressed like a witch.

  • Dana @ the Big Fat Skinny September 7, 2011, 3:37 pm

    The hummus looks delicious — mmmm … basil is my favorite too! We had a couple of weddings this summer and another couple this fall! I love fall weddings … they almost guarantee good hair days 😉

  • Lauren September 7, 2011, 3:38 pm

    If it’s at the Cescaphe Ballroom, I can assure you it WILL be swanky! My college roommate had hers there this summer and it was STUNNING!!

  • Alyse September 7, 2011, 3:38 pm

    The last wedding I went to was my brother’s seven years ago. haha. It was at my parent’s house, one of those shotgun arrangements….

    My parents aren’t drinkers so we toasted with sparkling grape juice and it was terrible.

    1,032 weddings in one summer? That’s INSANE! I would have went broke buying presents.

    • Alyse September 7, 2011, 3:39 pm

      That totally sounded like I believed they went to that many. heh.

      • Caitlin September 7, 2011, 9:09 pm

        bawhahah love.

      • Caitlin September 7, 2011, 9:09 pm

        bawhahah love itttt

  • Tricia September 7, 2011, 3:39 pm

    We went to three, including our own in June!

    • Caitlin September 7, 2011, 9:09 pm

      Congrats 🙂

  • Anne September 7, 2011, 3:46 pm

    I attended only one wedding this summer (and it’s the only one this year): MINE!! Glad we could take the year to focus on one very important person, ME! (Okay, and my husband, too.)

    • Caitlin September 7, 2011, 9:10 pm


  • Katie September 7, 2011, 3:47 pm

    Oh em gee, that hummus looks glorious. And I went to 2 weddings too.

  • Linzi @ Beyond Destination 26.2 September 7, 2011, 3:49 pm

    Oh that hummus looks devine! I’m totally going to have to make that!

    Summer weddings = 4 (including my own of course). Actually this is not too bad, I had one summer where I went to 8 weddings. The benefit of being in a sorority in college is there are always weddings & baby showers even after you’ve graduated!

  • Mary September 7, 2011, 3:51 pm

    Wow. your kitchen looks like mine!

    I’m actually headed to Boston this weekend for my Bff’s wedding.then another in october in St. Petersburg. Then I’m in two next year, and i’ll be planning my own for the year after that!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 7, 2011, 3:52 pm

    The hummus looks so good! I kept a basil plant alive all spring and summer but sadly I think it’s decided to stop growing any more!
    Weddings: whopping total of 0!!! I do have one coming up for one of my best highschool friends in April though… and it’s in Australia!! 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 7, 2011, 3:55 pm

    WHOA the 3rd time this month to Philly?! Wow. 🙂 Friends in one place, eh?? I went to 2 weddings this Summer, but should’ve gone to like 4 more—when I was out of town or out of the state, I couldn’t-hah!

    Love the idea of making hummus-I am going to do that tomorrow!

  • Laura September 7, 2011, 3:57 pm

    1 down, 1 to go!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 7, 2011, 4:11 pm

    I love weddings! I’ve only been to a few, but my uncle got married last month and it was so much fun 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg September 7, 2011, 4:17 pm

    We went to 4 weddings this summer — it seemed like a lot since they were each only a week apart!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu September 7, 2011, 4:17 pm

    You have the BEST looking hummus recipes! I can’t wait to try this one too!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 7, 2011, 4:24 pm

    that hummus looks delicious! what a good flavor idea! I only went to two weddings this summer (only 23 years old…). It was my mom’s god-daughter’s wedding, and then my big brother’s wedding! I hope you have a great trip! and best of luck with those dishes… my sink looks like that every morning.

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 7, 2011, 4:25 pm

    No weddings for me this summer- though I’m missing one in Hawaii this week due to school. Sad day, I want to dress up and eat wedding cake!

  • Liz September 7, 2011, 4:31 pm

    I only went to one this summer (my 1st cousin’s). I wasn’t part of the bridal party, but I did do the first reading. I hate to say this, but I’ve never been a big fan of going to weddings… I love to look at the pics, buy fun wedding gifts, watch bridal shows, etc, but for some reason I just don’t get into the actualy wedding!

    • Caitlin September 7, 2011, 9:10 pm

      You need to drink more 🙂

      • Liz September 8, 2011, 3:28 pm

        Ha! That’s probably it, since I don’t usually drink much anywhere 🙂

  • Alyssa @ Don't Look Down September 7, 2011, 4:48 pm

    I’ve been to 2 weddings so far and missed 2 others. I have another coming up next weekend and another in October. Plus more showers and parties. Exhausting and expensive. And I already have numerous weddings to attend next year.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 7, 2011, 4:52 pm

    No weddings for me, but most of my friends are either married already or don’t intend on getting married. The hummus looks amazing! I’m definitely making this one soon!

  • Dani September 7, 2011, 4:54 pm

    In total we will have gone to 7 weddings this summer. 4 of them are in the next 6 weeks.

    • Caitlin September 7, 2011, 9:11 pm

      geez! thats a lot of weddings.

  • Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 7, 2011, 4:55 pm

    That hummus sounds fabulous! I was invited to 6 weddings. I went to 4 and was in 1!

  • Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go! September 7, 2011, 4:58 pm

    I’ve attended only one so far this summer, but I have two in the next two weeks!

  • Lauren September 7, 2011, 4:59 pm

    Loving all of these wonderful hummus recipes.

  • Lisa September 7, 2011, 5:06 pm

    congrats again re the progress with your book!!!!!

  • G September 7, 2011, 5:08 pm

    7 weddings this summer (+1 more in November), 7 weddings last summer (including my own), 7 weddings the summer before that …. Phew! And we’re not done yet! 🙂

    • Lesley September 7, 2011, 5:28 pm

      Wow. That is a lot of cake and free alcohol. Was it too much of a good thing or just enough?! 🙂

      • G September 7, 2011, 9:22 pm

        Now that it is mostly done for the season I’d say just enough, but in the middle of it I’d probably go with a bit too much 🙂

  • Lesley September 7, 2011, 5:26 pm

    One. My best friend got married in June in Williamsburg, VA. That was a blast because I was her MOH. 🙂

    However, I have another bestie getting married at the end of this month in central park, so that should be a blast! Small intimate ceremony with no wedding party. Can’t wait!

  • Alaina September 7, 2011, 5:33 pm

    I actually had no weddings this summer. I had one in January and I’m going to one in October. Last year was definitely the year of weddings for me. I love weddings!

  • katie @ KatieDid September 7, 2011, 5:39 pm

    You are on a serious hummus kick! I love that you make them all and don’t buy them. You can get so much more creative that way.
    I’ve never been to a single wedding actually!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 7, 2011, 5:41 pm

    I’m attending my only wedding of the summer in 3 weeks. It’s the last of my group of friends. On to the baby showers now!

  • Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn September 7, 2011, 5:46 pm

    Ooh now this is a hummus I really need to make!
    It sounds delicious, how do you come up with all your amazing hummus recipes?
    I haven’t been to a single wedding this summer, really wish I had, I love weddings!

    • Caitlin September 7, 2011, 9:13 pm

      I dunno! I like to think of fun flavor combinations and then just make it into hummus 🙂

  • Bec September 7, 2011, 5:55 pm

    I was in 1, my husband was in 1, and 1 we just got to sit a watch. Luckily we don’t have any for a while now.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence September 7, 2011, 6:09 pm

    That looks delicious! Have fun at your friend’s wedding. I only had my brothers this summer!

  • Hillary September 7, 2011, 6:10 pm

    Sundried tomatoes are, like, my best thing. I need to try this now.

    I didn’t got to ANY weddings this summer (!!) but my best friend is getting married the first weekend in Oct. I’m the maid of honor!

  • Molly @ RDexposed September 7, 2011, 6:19 pm

    Why have I never thought of tomato basil hummus before???

  • Jen September 7, 2011, 6:38 pm

    The last wedding we attended was ours, 5 years ago! We were the last of our group of friends to get married (and we eloped, lol). The only wedding we have on the horizon will be next year when one of hubby’s students gets married. He & his finacee are hindu so it should be a really neat experience!

    • Caitlin September 7, 2011, 9:13 pm

      Oh that will be lots of fun. I love attending weddings from different cultures.

  • Rebecca September 7, 2011, 6:55 pm

    One wedding for us this summer, in August. It was the first wedding I’ve been to in probably five years. It was pretty fun. There were children (the oldest probably about 10 or under) on the dance floor until way past their bedtimes. That was how I knew it was a party. 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 7, 2011, 7:06 pm

    I think you are officially the queen of hummus and other bean dips. 😀 This looks so good!

    I didn’t go to any weddings this summer. My friend got married in August but her wedding was in Florida and I couldn’t get the time off work to go. I was so bummed!

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION September 7, 2011, 7:26 pm

    I am always looking for new veggie filled sandwich stuffers. This sounds perfect! 😀

    Oh, and basil and I get along fabulously. Definitely my favorite herb, as well. 😀

  • Sweet and Savvy September 7, 2011, 7:50 pm

    I haven’t been to a wedding alll summer, but I actually do have one in a couple weeks 🙂

  • Brooke @ Tales of a Bride-To-Be September 7, 2011, 7:54 pm

    No weddings this summer, have RSVPed no to both (due to moving) and the next one is OURS! In 31 days, very excited!

  • The Teenage Taste September 7, 2011, 7:56 pm

    Basil is one of my favorite things about Summer! This hummus looks fab! 😀

  • Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart September 7, 2011, 8:12 pm

    I am so glad you posted this hummus recipe! I have tried to make hummus and it just never turns out right…but I will be making this this weekend! Last summer was big for weddings…we went to 5!

    Congrats on finishing your book 🙂

  • Brooke (Tea & Tofu) September 7, 2011, 8:37 pm

    Ohhh, basil and tomato is the best combo so I can’t even begin to imagine how awesome this hummus must be. Yum!

    I haven’t been to a wedding in ages, which is sad – I love them!

  • Effie September 7, 2011, 8:51 pm

    We had two this summer, and already one next summer.

  • Sana September 7, 2011, 8:54 pm

    I loveee weddings! Have a blast!!

  • Tracy @ Tracy's Treats September 7, 2011, 9:00 pm

    That hummus looks so good. I have to make it!

  • Jasmine Desilva September 7, 2011, 9:05 pm

    Went to 8 weddings. Was a bridesmaid in 2 and 3 of them were destination weddings , 2 of the destination weddings I was a bridesmaid. Did i mention 2 destination bachelorette’s ?? I live in Bermuda…needless to say..this summer was EXPENSIVE

    • Caitlin September 7, 2011, 9:19 pm

      you win for the most weddings!

  • lauren September 7, 2011, 9:45 pm

    10 weddings this summer…..tough on the wallet! and mine is this Friday 🙂

  • Chelsea September 7, 2011, 10:02 pm

    I haven’t gone to one wedding all summer 🙁 Makes me kind of sad because they’re such happy and magical places <3

  • Koko @ KokoLikes September 8, 2011, 1:22 am

    This looks so great, cannot WAIT to try it!

  • Evan September 8, 2011, 9:51 am

    Do you know of a good place to buy Tahini online? I live in a relatively small town (Oxford, MS)and the only place I’ve found it was Kroger for about $13.

    • Caitlin September 8, 2011, 11:06 am

      I bought mine in store for about $11. It’s expensive up front but seriously lasts forever.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 8, 2011, 12:12 pm

    I haven’t been to any weddings this summer, but it was a completely different story last year – I guess it just happens that way sometimes.
    Good luck this weekend, have fun!

  • Shannon @ A Pinch of Ginger September 8, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I’ve had 2 weddings to go to also this summer. Its fun but expensive! Esp with 2 more in the next two months!

    Hopefully it stays dry here for her wedding this weekend! We got slammed with rain and its crazy flooded around the greater Philly area. Sending sunshine and warm weather thoughts Lauren’s way! 🙂

  • Amber K September 8, 2011, 1:24 pm

    Most of the people I know are already married, so we don’t attend many weddings in general. But last Sunday my husband was the best man at his best friend’s wedding. The most fun I have ever had at a wedding actually. It wasn’t an obnoxiously long ceremony and it was the first time I’ve seen a semi-open bar. “Free wine is free.” <– what my tipsy self kept saying because I hate wine. 😉

  • Charise September 9, 2011, 8:49 am

    I actually had ZERO weddings this year! It was a babies and engagements kind of year, so we’ll be back to weddings next year. I was kind of sad – I like having to dress up and getting to dance all night!

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