My Go-To Lunch Salad

This salad has been my go-to lunch at the moment. I'm lovin it.

Dancing Foody Salad Bowl

For me, a salad cannot just consist of soggy lettuce and tomatoes, that is NOT enough. I need a big nourishing bowl and will give me energy to keep bouncin on with my day.

This is so easy to prep-the night before and will still be delicious (see note at the bottom).

If you fancy you can throw in some avo, nuts or whatever you please for some extra nutrients.

Serves 1

For The Butternut Squash:

  • 1/4 of small-medium butternut squash (butternut pumpkin), peeled and chopped into cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin

For the Chickpeas:

  • 1/2 400g can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • juice of 1/2 lime or lemon

For The Salad:

  • large handful of spinach and rocket
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 heaped tbsp hummus, store bought or homemade

In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the chickpeas, let sit for at least 5 minutes.

Dancing Foody Salad Bowl

Heat up the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add in the squash and spices. Sauté the squash for 2 minutes, mixing regularly. Turn the heat down and place a lid over the pan. Let the squash cook for 10 minutes, mixing every 2 minutes. Set aside.

In your serving bowl place your spinach and rocket at the bottom, then top with the squash, chickpea mix, balsamic, tahini and hummus. Enjoy!

Note: If being made the night before or taking it to eat later, add the balsamic and tahini when eating.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Butternut Squash is packed with Vitamin A, C & 1 cup has more potassium than a banana.
  • Chickpeas are an amazing source of plant-based protein and are full of fibre to help everything move throughout the body.

If you give this a go let me know! Tag me in your photos on instagram @dancingfoody and #dancingfoody.