Sometimes I crave a salad for lunch. When I do I make my “Whatever I have in my Fridge” with Hummus salad. It only takes 20 minutes to make, is flavourful & healthy, so you can have a burger for dinner if you feel like indulging.
To make this salad all you need are 3 vegetables & some hummus. I recommend a leafy green such as spinach, tomatoes & mushrooms. You can add other vegetables if you have them.
Why Hummus ?
I have dairy allergies & find most store-bought dressing brands have some sort of milk ingredient in them. Hummus is a great substitute & you can get some fun flavours.
Step 1: Wash your vegetables & let them sit to dry.
Step 2: Heat some coconut oil on a frying pan on medium heat & throw in the mushrooms. Fry them until they are golden brown. About 10 – 15 minutes, depending on your stove. Set the mushrooms aside to cool.
Optional: If you have it, add a sauce to the vegetables for some creaminess. When I made this I had some leftover vegetable sauce that I made when I roasted a chicken. I added it to the mushrooms & fried then for about 5 minutes, long enough to heat up the sauce.
Step 4: Chop your Spinach (or other leafy green), cherry tomatoes & build your salad.
I like to add the greens first, followed by cherry tomatoes which I season with salt & pepper, then two spoonfuls of Hummus & lastly the fried mushrooms on top. Mix it all up & your salad is ready to eat!
You can also make this as a take-away lunch by packing the ingredients separately. In one container, place the chopped cherry tomatoes on the bottom & spinach on top, so the juice of the tomatoes don’t make the leafy green soggy. Pack the mushrooms & hummus in their own containers. Once you get to work, heat up the mushrooms & then mix them with your salad & hummus right before you ready to eat.
Ingredients I used:
- Spinach, already pre-soaked so it was soft
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Salt & Pepper
- Optional – Homemade Vegetable sauce that I had left over from a chicken I roasted
- Onions: You can fry the mushrooms with Onions for an added flavour, or add chopped raw onions to the salad.
- Peppers: Also great to add to a salad for colour & crunch. You can also fry the peppers with the mushrooms if they are not as fresh.
- Regular Tomatoes: Just chop them into small cubes so the juice is released.
- Rice: If you need more of a filler then add rice to this. I usually heat the rice before adding it to the salad.