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One of my favourite go-to healthy meals is a healthy hummus salad bowl.  Why?  Because it’s fresh, fast, easy, complete meal, filled with vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, healthy fat protein and the all-important fibre.

When anyone ever says to me ‘oh, but salads are so boring’, I look at pictures like this and think ‘really…boring?’.  A salad bowl is so much more than boring, and it can be so so delicious with the right combinations.

The perfect healthy salad bowl should have the following key attributes:

  • A crunch. Iceberg lettuce, homemade healthy veggie chips, or crushed nuts are always a good option;
  • Colour.  A salad doesn’t need to be only green.  Add capsicum, carrot, red cabbage, sweet potato, and beetroot for a colour burst;
  • A low glycemic index carbohydrate.  A salad alone isn’t the best source of sustained energy, unless you eat a mountain of it.  Adding a healthy source of carbohydrate, like sweet potato, quinoa or brown rice, will help keep you satisfied for longer.
  • A protein.  Protein is vital for the development and maintenance of all body cells, so add a healthy protein source to your salad.  My favourite salad protein sources include health hummus, salmon, falafel, mixed beans, or quinoa (FYI, vegetables and fruits also contain protein);
  • A fat. Avocado is an obvious one.  You could also try adding nuts, chia seeds, sesame seeds, or drizzling your salad with a healthy oil such as avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil;
  • Flavour.  Ingredients that pack flavour are important to salads.  Think spring onion, sweet potato, capsicum, dried cranberries, fruits such as pears, and of course, hummus.
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The best thing about this healthy hummus salad bowl is that you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand.

It’s not really a recipe as such, but below are the ingredients I used for the pictured healthy hummus salad bowl.  Like I said, you can swap and change ingredients to suit your local produce and personal preference.

Healthy hummus salad bowl
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup rocket
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, roasted and sliced
  • ½ Lebanese cucumber, sliced
  • ½ red capsicum, sliced
  • 1 small carrot, finely sliced
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 2 tbsp healthy hummus
  • Turmeric
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
Instructions
  1. Arrange the above salad ingredients in a bowl;
  2. Top with hummus;
  3. Dress with apple cider vinegar, turmeric, and salt and pepper if needed.
  4. YUM
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You can find my healthy hummus recipe here.

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Do you have a go-to healthy salad bowl?  What’s in yours?

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  1. […] ONE. Spinach.  Spinach certainly seems to be a staple that most health bloggers love.  And for a good reason.  The leafy green reportedly has a high nutritional value, especially when left raw or lightly steamed.  It is a source of vitamin A, C and K, magnesium, manganese, folate and iron and also a source of vitamin B6, E, calcium, potassium and dietary fibre (important for gut health).  Buying organic spinach is important given it is thin-skinned and can not be peeled.  Popeye was onto a good thing!  See how I use spinach here. […]