I’m very exited to be writing this post, because this Quinoa & Hummus salad is one of my favourite weekday lunches to take to work! A self proclaimed "Salad Queen", my love for salad runs runs deep. A salad a day has been a ritual of mine since Uni days. Although, I have come a long way since Uni days and those tuna salads!
The simple, fresh ingredients used in this salad includes hummus (homemade is best!), quinoa, lettuce, baby spinach, rocket, cherry tomatoes, and pomegranate.
Quinoa & Hummus Salad - Food Prep
A small amount of food prepping on a Sunday night goes a long way, but I'm definitely not one of those people who can lay out their 5 days worth of food in 5 containers. Instead, I like to make a few different salad ingredients. This way I can have a salad a day, mixing up the ingredients to have 2 to 3 different salads throughout the week.
I’ll eventually share what other salads I make with the food prep ingredients, but for now we will focus just on the quinoa & hummus.
If you have a rice cooker, I suggest you use it to cook your quinoa. Simple and fuss free! Check out my blog post here for the perfect rice cooker ratios. If you don't own a rice cooker, then go ahead and cook the quinoa in a saucepan. Check out Cookie and Kate's recipe here for the best fluffy quinoa, without a rice cooker.
I like to cook enough quinoa for the week so that I can half 0.5 to 1 cup of quinoa each day. (1 cup of uncooked quinoa = 3 cups of cooked). 1 cup of cooked quinoa provides you with 110 calories & 4 grams of protein. The perfect staple or main ingredient to add to your salad
The best way to eat this salad is to mix your hummus and quinoa well with the veggies. Thanks to the hummus you won't need to add any salad dressing to this one.
One of the hardest things I found when I first became vegan was trying to eat nutritious lunches, that kept me feeling satiated and energised. Eating enough food at lunch time is crucial, and making sure you are getting enough calories is part of that. The magic formula I have found, is a salad that is approximately 500 calories, with minimum 20 grams of protein.
The ingredients listed here are for 1 lunch serving (1 very hungry person)
- Calories: 579
- Carbs: 89 grams
- Protein: 24 grams
- Fat: 18 grams
Quinoa & Hummus Salad (Vegan)
- ½ cup hummus homemade or store bought
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- ½ cup pomegranate about ¼ of a pomegranate fruit peeled
- ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup fresh rocket
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach
- 0.5 cup fresh butterhead lettuce
- Cook your quinoa (either by rice cooker or in a saucepan)
- Finely chop the spinach and baby head lettuce and add to a bowl
- Peel the pomegranate and add to the bowl. Store the leftovers in the fridge to keep for more salads or another use
- Add the quinoa & hummus to the bowl. Stir all ingredients until well combined. Enjoy!