Hummus Bowls (Trader Joe’s Recipe)


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You know about hummus bowls right? A layer of hummus topped with greens and a Mediterranean-style protein like falafel or kebabs. Well, if you happen to find yourself at Trader Joe’s you’ve hit the jackpot for the best ingredients to make one.

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I love seeing my Trader Joe’s page filling up with easy, 20-minute meals. If you’ve been around for a bit, you already know that I’m a superfan of Trader Joe’s, and I love all of the shortcuts that result from shopping there. If you happen to be stopping by there, you can just grab these exact ingredients and be on your way, but almost any grocery store will  have similar options for making simple, flavorful hummus bowls.

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Ingredients for a Hummus Bowl

This recipe is on repeat in my house because everyone can build their own bowl the way they like it. As long as it’s served with warm flatbread, everyone in my house is happy. 

We use this as a template for meal prep and for easy dinners. Here are the components of a great hummus bowl with lots of variations.

  1. Hummus of course! You can use flavored hummus or plain. You’ll need about 4 ounces per serving to make a thin layer of hummus in the bottom of each serving bowl. 
  2. Salad or greens. A lemony bagged salad is a great option or just use arugula with a squeeze of lemon juice and a bit of olive oil.
  3. Mediterranean-inspired protein. Beef kebabs are great here or use falafel for a vegetarian version. If you’re up for making this more homemade, use my air fryer falafel recipe or use crispy chickpeas instead of any of these other options. Hard-boiled eggs are great too!
  4. Sauce or other fresh topping. I love a little extra sauce or topping to add to the bowls. The Trader Joe’s Feta, Pepper Drop, and Olive Antipasto is fun for color and flavor. Tzatziki is great for another layer or a even a fresh salsa like a roasted pepper salsa would be great. 
  5. Pita bread or any flatbread. Totally optional, but always a hit, warm up some flatbread and serve it on the side for scooping and dipping.

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Recipe Tip

If using a bagged salad mix, go light on the dressing. These bowls have so much flavor that you don’t need heavily dressed greens.

Other Topping Ideas

  • Crumbled feta
  • Chopped pistachios
  • Chopped cucumbers and/or tomatoes
  • Pickled red onions
  • Cooked quinoa or another grain
  • Kalamata olives
  • Chili crisp for a little spicy crunch
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Hummus Bowls (Trader Joe’s recipe)

Hummus bowls are flavorful Mediterranean-inspired bowls with layers of flavor and color. This version uses a few Trader Joe’s shortcut ingredients like bagged salad and frozen proteins to keep the prep time super fast.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 bags Frozen Beef Kebabs OR for a vegetarian version, grab frozen falafel
  • 1 Lemony Arugula Basil Salad Kit
  • 1 16-ounce container hummus
  • 1 package Feta, Pepper Drop, and Olive Antipasto
  • 1 4-round package pita bread or Indian flatbread (optional)


  • Prepare the kebabs or falafel according to package directions.
  • When the kebabs or falafel are nearly finished cooking, prep the salad according to package directions (I typically don't use all of the dressing since this recipe has lots of other saucy elements).
  • Set out 4 serving bowls and divide the hummus between the bowls. Spread the hummus out in a thin layer in each bowl.
  • Top the hummus with the salad, the kebabs or falafel and the spoon the antipasto mix over everything.
  • Serve with warm pita bread or flatbread.


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $18.00
Calories: 152
Keyword: bowl recipe, easy recipe, easy recipe ideas, easy, weeknight-friendly, family friendly
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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