Mediterranean Hummus Mezze Platter
Find out how to make a beautiful vegetarian mezze style Mediterranean hummus platter with these simple tips! This post has been sponsored by Sabra Hummus. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I can’t believe how quickly summer is sneaking up. I just looked at the calendar and I can count the number of weeks of school left on one hand. I’ve been uncharacteristically relaxed, or maybe unorganized and busy would be a better explanation, this year and haven’t planned any vacations or signed the girls up for any camps.
Though working at home is not easy with kids, I am looking forward to ditching the morning rush and spending more time together outside. We love having friends over to play in the backyard on warm summer days. A big beautiful snack platter is my go-to for easy play date and happy hour entertaining. If you’ve been here awhile, you probably already knew that! You may remember my platter with fresh Spring Rolls, but most often my party platters have Mediterranean inspired ingredients. Today I’m showing you how I put together a Mezze platter-inspired snack board with Mediterranean ingredients like Sabra Hummus. Hummus and vegetables is one of my favorite plant-based food combinations. Let’s take a look at how to build the perfect hummus platter!
First things first. Pick up your favorite Mediterranean-style ingredients. Hummus is a must in my book, and I love using Sabra Hummus for entertaining because their tubs of hummus are topped with such pretty garnishes. A mix of fresh veggies, olives, pita bread or chips, and other ingredients complement hummus perfectly.
I have a huge love of handmade ceramics, so I was thrilled to receive these three Sabra Hummus bowls from U.S. artists. These bowls are specifically designed for Sabra’s 10-oz. Hummus tubs. They just nestle right in. How cool is that? The bowls are made by local potters and artisans in NC, VA, CT and VT. The bowls are beautiful and I love supporting local artists.
Sabra is offering a promotion this summer that runs from 5/13 through 8/31. If you buy 3 Sabra products, you get a bowl for free! If you’re not planning to make a big snack platter like I made, that’s okay – the three tubs don’t need to be purchased in the same transaction. Just submit your receipt on sabrabowl.com. Bowls are only available while supplies last.
Choose a large platter or board. I love to use a marble or slate cheese board. This time I’ve used a large cutting board. To begin building a hummus platter, I place the hummus on the board first. I always like to serve hummus in a bowl rather than the plastic tubs, so it’s was wonderful to simply set these into the handmade Sabra bowls.
Starting with the largest items is an easy way to design the platter. When available, I like to place some food-safe leaves on the board. I’ve used grape leaves here. They are great for setting wetter ingredients like olives on, and add a nice touch of green.
Once I’ve placed the bowls of hummus, I add fresh, colorful veggies like rainbow carrots and cucumber. Be sure to choose a variety of colors, flavors, and textures and build your board from largest to smallest ingredients. Fill in any gaps with smaller ingredients like olives, cherry tomatoes, grapes, or nuts. To prevent anything from getting soggy, always keep wet ingredients like artichokes and olives away from things like pita bread and nuts.
Tabbouleh and falafel are wonderful compliments to these Mediterranean flavors and can be scooped up with flatbread and hummus. You can make them from scratch (I love making a big batch of falafel and freezing it) or make things easy for yourself and use store bought.
A beautiful hummus platter is perfect for any summer entertaining occasion, whether you’re having friends over to hang out in the backyard, packing up snacks for the beach, or just for a hot day family dinner. I love using these ingredients to make a big salad bowl. If there are leftovers, try topping a big bowl of arugula (or any favorite greens) with the olives, cucumber, tomatoes, tabbouleh, falafel, and hummus. It makes such a delicious Mediterranean mezze style salad! I wish I had taken a picture, but my lunch disappeared much too quickly for that.
- 1-3 tubs Sabra Hummus
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 3 Persian cucumbers, sliced or halved lengthwise
- 3-5 rainbow carrots, sliced or halved lengthwise
- grilled marinated artichokes, drained
- 1 cup Greek olives such as kalamata
- 1 cup tabbouleh salad
- stuffed grape leaves (dolmas)
- 1 cup walnuts
- 3 pita or flat bread, cut into wedges (I grilled mine)
- herbs and/or edible flowers for garnish (optional)
- Choose a large platter, cutting board, or slate cheese board.
- Anchor your platter with the largest items like hummus bowls first. Arrange the medium sized ingredients like veggies next.
- Fill in any gaps with small ingredients like nuts, grapes, olives, and berries. Garnish with edible flowers or fresh herbs if desired. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 449mg Carbohydrates: 29g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 3g Protein: 8g