Saturday, July 27, 2013

Chopped Hummus Salad

I've been trying to eat well, but when I have to dine on the run it can be difficult.  I was getting tired of a steady diet of sandwiches so I started searching for other ideas.  A while back I came up with a "recipe" that's simple and healthy. For want of a better name I call it Chopped Hummus Salad.

Although most stores sell hummus now I think it's just as easy to make my own.  It takes about 10 minutes in the food processor, using chickpeas (AKA garbanzo beans), garlic, tahini paste, lemon juice, and olive oil. The resulting puree is high in fiber and low in fat. It really fills me up, especially if I use vegetable sticks as dippers.  That can be really messy to eat in the car though--like on Tuesday when I have a short time to get a meal in between the gym and work, but if I dice the vegetables and stir in enough hummus to coat them, the resulting mixture can easily be eaten with a spoon (and a napkin spread over my lap). 

The dish never turns out the same way twice because I use whatever vegetables I have on hand.  Sometimes I add a little extra salt and pepper or a couple of dashes of hot sauce to the blend.  Sometimes I don't. It's always good.

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9 comments:

  1. I love hummus any way you humm it.

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  2. This is a great new recipe, thanks for sharing!

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  3. That looks really delish! And you can't get healthier than that!

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  4. Looks good Kathy. I don't know what tahini paste is, but I'll find out. I'd like to make my own hummus too and play around with the taste.

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    1. Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. You can often get it at regular groceries, but it's cheaper at Middle Eastern stores. It only takes a little bit.

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  5. I love this idea! Salads can get pretty boring. I love the idea of using hummus as the dressing for a change of pace.

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    1. Tastes really good mixed in with spinach leaves, too.

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