3-Ingredient Hummus Salad Dressing

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This 3-Ingredient Hummus Salad Dressing is perfect for a quick, easy, and tasty fix! Use it to top your favorite salad or veggie bowl.

While I love to cook, there are some days where I simply cannot be bothered. Over the years I’ve become quite the pro at leftover re-imagination and speedy hodgepodge dinners. Enter the Hummus Salad Dressing: for those days when you want to eat your veggies, but can’t be bothered to make a fancy dressing.

Luckily for you, this “dressing” takes less than 5 minutes and is only made from 3 plant-based ingredients that you already have in your fridge. How’s that for a quick and easy fix?

ingredients for hummus dressing on dark gray background

Yep, you heard me! You only need Hummus, Dijon Mustard, and Lemon Juice to make this dressing — plus enough filtered water to thin everything out to your liking. The Hummus gives it some body and creaminess, while the remaining ingredients help bring some brightness, acidity, and depth of flavor to the table.

white bowl of hummus dressing with black whisk on gray background

I honestly prefer this dressing to storebought dressings, and make it even when I do have more time the kitchen.  It’s preservative free and easy to customize the ingredient ratios to personal preference. Plus, those pureed chickpeas give the dressing extra fiber and plant-based protein, meaning you’ll stay full and satisfied even longer.

bowl of undressed salad with hummus salad dressing on the side

I’ve put this dressing on pretty much everything. Kale, Romaine, Mixed Greens…you name it! The flavor is prominent enough to add depth to your meal, but also neutral enough to compliment anything. Heck, don’t even let the word dressing limit you. I’ll also use this as a sauce with my grain bowls, drizzle it over roasted veggies, or even mix it in with some pasta.

small white bowl of hummus dressing in larger salad bowl

Now, I’m not claiming that this recipe is original (I’m sure there are other variations already out there), nor is it going to be the most amazing thing you’ll put in your mouth ever. But it does taste good, hit the spot, and do the trick when you need an easy sauce or dressing.

And honestly? On a busy weeknight when I’m tired and want to get my fork to my face as fast as possible, that’s more than good enough for me 🙂

bowl of romaine lettuce, cucumber, and carrots tossed in hummus dressing

A Few Final Thoughts:

  • Customize as you please! I usually keep my dressing bare-bones, but you could definitely spice it up with some of your favorite seasonings. You could also experiment with different flavors of hummus!
  • Typically I make this on an as-needed basis, but you could also double or triple the recipe and store it in your fridge for an even easier meal.
  • Try to use fresh Lemon Juice over the canned/preserved stuff. It really helps to brighten the dressing and make it taste as good as possible!

large salad bowl with small white bowl of hummus salad dressing on dark gray background

If you’re looking for more easy dressing recipes, you’ll also love this Tahini Dressing and this Carrot Ginger Dressing!

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations 🙂


3-Ingredient Hummus Salad Dressing

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This 3-Ingredient Hummus Salad Dressing is perfect for a quick, easy, and tasty fix! Use it to top your favorite salad or veggie bowl.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • ½ cup Garlic Hummus
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • Juice of ½ Lemon
  • 24 tbsp Filtered Water


  1. Add the Hummus, Mustard, and Lemon Juice to a small bowl and mix with a spoon or fork until well-combined.
  2. Add in water in 1 tbsp increments until your desired thickness is reached, then serve as desired! Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to one week.


  • Feel free to use your favorite flavor of Hummus in this recipe, and add any additional seasonings that you’d like!

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  1. I love hummus, can’t get enough of it! This dressing was just what I was looking for. It’s easy to put together (I think it’s fine as us), and you can customize it as you please. Thanks!

    1. Hi Sarah!

      In general, the weight of ingredients can vary, but as a rough guide:
      1/2 cup of a dense ingredient like hummus is approximately 120 grams.

      However, for more precise measurements, it’s recommended to use a kitchen scale.

  2. Instead of water, I added 1/2 peeled cucumber in my mini blender to mix it all together. Try it!

  3. Searched for years looking for a no oil great tasting salad dressing and I finally found it here! Love the simplicity and versatility. This is my all time favorite dressing , and I will never go back to store bought ever! Thank you!!!!!

    1. You’re welcome, Diane! Glad you finally found what you’re looking for and welcome to the blog!

    1. Yes, it can be frozen in an airtight container that is freezer friendly. Be careful not to fill it to the top to give it room and put a thin layer of olive oil to retain moisture. Once you’ve thawed it, mix together well and make sure to consume it within that week as it will go bad.

  4. I didn’t have a lemon so a I used an orange. Oh my goodness – sooo perfect. Thank you so much. The perfect combo of tangy and creamy.

  5. I don’t have a lemon or lime. I was wondering what I could substitute that for? Thanks!! Love your recipes

  6. Yum! I was wishing I had some Tahini for dressing, but I did have hummus! Simple ad delicious on a warm chicken and mango salad.

  7. This was so delicious! I stumbled across this tonight and made a delicious veggie bowl! My boyfriend loved it!

  8. Excellent basic recipe. One of the best things about this is that it has no added oil. I started experimenting with additional herbs and spices with great results. E.g., adding smoked paprika, or curry powder, or dried basil and oregano, etc. Very versatile!

  9. Okay, Caitlin–TWO recipes from you in three days (this dressing, because I have hummus and want to use it as a dressing, and your mushroom stroganoff–i’d’ve shared a photo, but I don’t have an Instagram account. . .ha! Too old!)–I must like your style, without even knowing it! Thanks for being you!

  10. I always love hummus in my salads, but as dressing as well! However, your garlic hummus recipe sounds freaking fabulous–garlic makes EVERYTHING taste better. It’ll become a new obsession of mine if I decide to recreate it!

  11. Caitlin I used this idea on gnocchi tonight with leftover butternut hummous, broccoli, chickpeas, spring onion and some bany soinach on the side. Tastes amazing will def use it again thanks! Wish I could send you a pic. Its not the prettiest but ohan its delish