Butternut Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates

A healthy fall or winter appetizer - great for Thanksgiving, the holidays, or just for snacking! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.

Butternut Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates in a bowl

I hope you need a last-minute Thanksgiving appetizer because this butternut squash hummus dip is so insanely good! While I was making it, I couldn’t stop eating it. Now that the leftovers are in the fridge, I can’t walk by the kitchen without grabbing a cracker for a quick swipe.

It’s easy to make, especially if you’re roasting butternut squash for another recipe – just roast an extra cup of cubed squash and swirl this hummus together in no time. It’s thick, creamy, tangy, and nicely spiced from the cumin, coriander, and a bit of cayenne.

Butternut Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates

Now the important part – what REALLY puts this dip over the top is serving it all fancy with feta and pomegranates. The feta adds a nice salty bite and the burst of sweetness from the fresh POM POM pomegranate arils brings such a delicious pop of flavor, as well as a contrast to the feta. Plus that ruby red color is so pretty for the holidays!

Today we’re partnering with POM Wonderful, because we really really love pomegranates and ’tis the season for them (October through December). The little arils not only delicious but they’re packed with fiber and antioxidants. I love the convenience of the little ready-to-eat packs because they’re great for snacking or sprinkling and, let’s face it, I’m sometimes just too lazy to open up whole pomegranates 🙂

Butternut Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates Butternut Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates Butternut Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates in a food processor

I served my dip with crackers, pita, sliced black radish, and chopped up romanesco – I think the little green romanesco trees look so festive for the December holidays that are just around the corner!

Butternut Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates

For more appetizer ideas, check out this post with 50 easy appetizers.

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Butternut Squash Hummus w/ Feta & Pomegranates

Serves: serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer
  • 1 cup cubed butternut squash (½ inch cubes)
  • 1 large or 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 1½ cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne, less if sensitive to spice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • ¼ cup water, or as needed
  • freshly ground black pepper
for topping & serving:
  • ¼ cup POM POMS pomegranate arils
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons microgreens, optional
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • pita, crackers and/or veggies
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the squash on the baking sheet and toss with a drizzle of olive oil and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Wrap the garlic cloves in foil with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and place on the baking sheet. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Let cool slightly.
  2. In a food processor, combine the roasted squash, roasted peeled garlic, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, cayenne, and sea salt.
  3. With the blade running, drizzle in the olive oil. Add water, as need, to blend to a smooth consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings. (Note: this is a bit spicy before you add the olive oil - the olive oil tones down the spice.)
  4. Scoop the hummus into a serving bowl and top with pomegranate arils, feta, parsley, microgreens, if using, and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with toasted pita, crackers, and/or chopped veggies.

Special thanks to POM Wonderful for partnering on this post!



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  1. Kristy

    Another great recipe Jeanine! I am making my second double batch today to keep the holiday party season going. I have been getting a lot of rave reviews from those eating it… and I have been passing the recipe along to them as well.

    Thank you for keeping us well-fed!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Kristy, ooh I’m so glad you love this as much as I do! Thanks for passing the recipe along – you’re the best! xo, Jeanine

  2. Lynn Lloyd

    Has anyone made this by adding the roast squash to purchased store hummus?

  3. Nancy

    how far ahead can I make the hummus. Also, how long would it keep in the refrigerator

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Nancy, I’d say it’ll keep in the fridge for about 4 days (without the toppings). Hope that helps!

  4. Barbara

    I made this yesterday and it is truly fabulous! The squash lends it a sweetness, the spices are a little warm, the ariksare cool and crunchy and the feta provides a tang of salt. It’s also SO pretty! This deserves all the stars available 😉

    • Barbara

      Hmm. Auto correct. Arils are….

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Barbara – I’m so glad you loved the hummus!! Thank you for all the stars, ha ha 🙂

  5. I love hummus but I’ve never tried it with pomegranate. Sounds like an interesting combination for sure! I’ll have to try it sometime, assuming I can stop myself from eating the pomegranates before adding them to the hummus 😉

  6. sabrina from newkitchenlife.com

    that is some really creative hummus! Pomegranates are the perfect addition, not only for nutritional pop but also for the flavor and to balance that with feta is the perfect tweak to this and a very high level of flavor over my own boring hummus recipes, so thank you for this recipe!

  7. Rose

    I made this to bring as an appetizer for a Thanksgiving gathering. It was delicious and a huge hit!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Rose – yay, I’m so glad it was a hit!

  8. Its a good recipe, i would love to try
    thank you for sharing

  9. What a stunning hummus! Love that the toppings are simple but contrast nicely. I could see this making a fabulous base (or topping) for a quick meal too.

  10. This sounds perfect — we just got a butternut squash in our CSA share, and I want to do something with it other than making soup. Plus, we’ve got a big bag of tortilla chips just screaming to be dipped into something yummy! Love the tart pop of pomegranate seed, too!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I hope you love the dip!

  11. Such an amazing fall twist on one of my fave dips EVER!

  12. Anna from travelbuddyanna.com

    Wow that looks sooo delicious and great! Nice idea to combine humus, pumpkin, feta and pomgranate seeds!

  13. Gorgeous pictures and such a unique dish. Looks amazing. Just found your blog and am enjoying it!

  14. Sara

    This looks so beautiful! Thank you for sharing this <3

  15. Susan

    I have been a hummus purist since I learned to make it from a Lebanese boyfriend about 50 years ago. The stuff I learned to make had no spices like cumin (I think that’s an Israeli thing). But this idea really got to me because I love butternut, pomegranate and feta and the combo sounds enticing. Not sure when I’ll have use for this recipe but I’m definitely keeping it. I will look for an excuse to make it.

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