May 17, 2014

A Better Side Salad: Grapefruit Spring Salad & Hummus Dressing

You know what I'm talking about when I say that "house salads"
or "side salads" at restaurants tend to just consist of lettuce, two cucumber slices,
and SOMETIMES half a cherry tomato. Personally, if I'm going to eat
a salad, it's gotta be GOOD. So here's how I spun a boring house salad
from a restaurant into a grapefruit spring salad and made some hummus dressing
that will make you want to eat salads 24/7 cause it's just that good:

Recipe: Grapefruit Spring Salad & Hummus Dressing
By: Hannah Claudia

1/2 a grapefruit, cut into small wedges
4-5 portobello mushrooms, sliced and sauteed (add whatever spices you like)
Dried fruit (I used orange flavored cranberries from Trader Joe's)
1/2 an avocado, cut into bite sized chunks
the side salad that you want to beef up (mine contained lettuce and a few cherry tomato halves)

Hummus Dressing:
2 tablespoons of hummus
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
2 tablespoons of orange juice
1-2 teaspoons of sushi vinegar


1. Mix all of the dressing ingredients together.
2. Mix all of the salad ingredients together. Drizzle the dressing and enjoy!

This hummus dressing actually doesn't taste like hummus, so for all of you 
non-hummus eaters, you should give this recipe a go. My brother does not 
like hummus at all, but when he taste the dressing, he thought it tasted like a peanut
butter dressing. So for all of you peanut-free people out there who are curious as to
what peanut butter dressing tastes like, maybe this recipe will give you the opportunity to experience
that ;)

But anyways, I LOVE this salad dressing. I definitely realized that it's the dressing that makes me want 
to eat salad ;) Which is why coming up with healthy, homemade salad dressings is so important to me!
I mean, who wants to be restricted to drizzling only a spoonful of dressing over a ginormous salad
because of all the calories in generic dressings? Plus, homemade dressings are quick and easy to whip
up, and they are free of any preservatives or weird acids and chemicals that are added into 
store-bought dressings.

Hope you enjoy this recipe! Now go make your typical take-out salads 10x better!

xoxo, Hannah

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