How is it that eating the rainbow always seems to taste sooo amazing? There's something about all those natural bright colors that just set something off inside, making it extremely difficult not to smile when you see all of them together. And when in edible form too? Even better!
After all, who wouldn't want to eat a rainbow?
No big deal. I totally ate a rainbow for lunch.
Sounds pretty epic, right?
Plus, this salad is every bit as tasty as it is nutritious. I'm pretty sure that this is going to be a staple salad in my household throughout the summer months.
I used zucchini in this particular salad, but cucumbers would be just as good if that's one of your favorites. I just personally absolutely cannot stand cucumbers! The smell, taste, texture... There is seriously not a single thing about cucumbers that I enjoy.
Okay... well, other than the fact that they can be turned into pickles.
I also sneakily sautéed my peppers and onions for a bit, just because I cannot stand either of the two being crunchy. However, if you are a fan of one or either of them in their raw form, it would be perfectly fine to go that route instead!
Let's start at the top and work our way around. I'll tell you why this rainbow is so fabulous.
First we have zucchini which is high in vitamin A, and then we have carrots which are going to be your vitamin C. Next on the list is chickpeas, which are full of vitamin C and E. Red bell peppers? Vitamin K! Avocados are good fats that have your B vitamins. Red onion will have more vitamin C and B6. And finally we have our tomatoes, rich in just about all of the vitamins.
Lots of good stuff going on here.
Rainbow Super Salad with Hummus
Dinner Salad (Pictured)
Servings: 2 • Size: 1 Large Salad • Calories: 320.6 • Fat: 13.4 g • Carb: 42.8 g • Fiber: 12.6 g • Protein: 10.4 g • Sugar: 8.8 g • Sodium: 300 mg
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 Small Salad • Calories: 160.3 • Fat: 6.7 g • Carb: 21.4 g • Fiber: 6.3 g • Protein: 6.2 g • Sugar: 4.4 g • Sodium: 150 mg
2 C. Kale, Chopped
2 C. Cabbage, Chopped (I used red & green.)
1/2 Zucchini, Sliced
1/2 Carrot, Shredded
1/2 C. Chickpeas, Drained & Rinsed
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, Diced
1/2 Avocado, Sliced
1/2 Red Onion, Diced
12 Cherry Tomatoes, Quartered
2 Tbsp. Hummus
1 Tsp. Sesame Seeds
Toss everything together any which way you please.
Clearly I was in an organized mood today.
Garnish with sesame seeds and enjoy!
If you find that you need a dressing for this salad, I would suggest pairing it with a simple red wine vinegar and some salt and pepper or a zero calorie sesame ginger dressing!