There is a local cafe in town that serves a hummus salad that is to die for. I order it every time I go, and leave so satisfied without being overly full. They serve it with a side of pretzel chips– just a few– I love the extra crunch and using them to scoop up any hummus left on the plate.
This cafe is where I first saw hummus used as a salad dressing. It makes so much sense. It is creamy, adds a nice bit of plant protein, and is full of flavor. I would never have thought such a simple dressing would taste so great!
Here is my copycat salad, minus the side of pretzel chips…I ran out that day!
Here is my no recipe recipe for:
~greens of your choice (make sure to get some dark leaves in there for extra iron and goodness)
~chopped red pepper
Put the greens on a plate. Top with chopped veggies. Top with a heap of hummus. Top with nuts and dried cranberries. Enjoy!
The same cafe serves a hummus sandwich. Click here to learn how to make it!
Also, don’t miss out on another of my favorite hummus recipes: 2 Ingredient Taco Dip
This is my new favorite, go-to creamy taco dip. It couldn’t be easier or tastier. You just use equal parts hummus and salsa and mix. It keeps really well in the refrigerator and can be used as a dip, sauce or dressing.
I love the combination of Trader Joes Hummus Dip and Trader Joes Organic Tomatillo Roasted Yellow Chili Salsa, but you could use any brand hummus and salsa.
Here I used it on tacos in place of cheese. I filled the tacos with my Crockpot Refried Beans Without The Refry
. I added corn to the beans, topped with the hummus/salsa dip, then topped that with Trader Joes broccoli slaw and carrot mix. This dinner was delicious and full of flavor and texture. The cheese was not missed at all!
Here I used it as a dressing to top a simple lunch salad I made for myself. Greens topped with beans, broken tortilla chips in place of croutons for some crunch, and topped with Creamy Salsa Dip as a dressing. So good!
I also use it as a dip for cut veggies and crackers.
This dip is a great way to get some protein due to the chickpeas in the hummus. It is also much better for you than the typical creamy dips that use sour cream, milk or cheese, and has much less fat than the typical salad dressing.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.