A Simple Rainbow Salad with the Most Delicious Hummus Dressing

A Simple Rainbow Salad with the Most Delicious Hummus Dressing

Anyone who follows my instagram will know that this bowl is my favourite thing at the moment, I’ve been eating it non-stop for the past month! The selection of veggies varies a little depending on what I have in my fridge but it usually centres on these four – kale, carrots, red pepper and avocado plus my new hummus, which I am so in love with, and a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds. This all tastes amazing together, however, this rainbow bowl is taken to another level of awesomeness through the addition of an amazingly sweet, creamy dressing that just brings everything together in a amazing burst of deliciousness! The dressing comes to life through a divine blend of almond butter, tahini, hummus, apple cider vinegar, honey/maple syrup and water – you can only image how good this tastes! Seriously I couldn’t recommend this more, it only takes a few minutes to throw together, it’s such a treat for your tastebuds and even better it loads you up on the most amazingly rich and diverse range of vitamins and minerals so you’ll be glowing with energy and happiness all day! It’s really the best lunch ever, especially in the summer as it’s wonderfully light yet perfectly filling, although if you feel like making it a little heavier I’d really recommend adding in some roasted sweet potatoes – they taste delicious in this bowl and give it a fantastically hearty feel. Either way, I think you’re all really going to love this one! 

P.S. Did you know that kale is a serious superfood? Believe it or not it contains more iron than beef and more calcium than milk per calorie! In addition each serving gives you over 1,000% of your daily vitamin K intake (super important for blood sugar regulation), over 400% of your vitamin A and over 100% of your vitamin C intake (both of which support bone and skin health, as well as strengthening the immune system). If this wasn’t enough it’s also packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, omega-3 fatty acids and fibre – how amazing is that!

Serves one:

For the bowl:

– 5 big handfuls of kale (it shrinks a lot when cooked)

– 1 red pepper

– 1 avocado

– 1 large carrot

– a handful of pumpkin seeds

– a large dollop of hummus

For the dressing:

– 2 tablespoons of water

– 1 teaspoon of hummus

– 1 teaspoon of almond butter

– 1 teaspoon of manuka honey/pure maple syrup

– 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

– 1/2 a teaspoon of tahini

– salt

Simply tear up the kale leaves into bite sized pieces, then drizzle with olive oil and salt and roast for 5-10 minutes at 180C, until the leaves are ever so slightly crispy but not burnt. While the kale cooks peel and grate the carrot and chop both the red pepper and the avocado into small cubes, discarding their respective stones and seeds.

Next make the dressing by adding all the ingredients to a mug and whisking with a fork until smooth.

Once the kale is cooked assemble all the ingredients into a bowl, drizzle the dressing evenly, sprinkle a handful of pumpkin seeds and a little salt and then enjoy!


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  • http://www.nourishcentre.co.uk Maria

    Ella, another lovely salad. The photos and styling are always so good. Do you take the pics? Maria

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Maria. Thank you so much, you’re so kind! I do take all the photos and I love doing it so much, so it’s nice to get such a compliment :)

    • Dani

      Hi Ella,

      Do you use roasted or raw almond butter in the dressing? Thanks!

      • ellawoodward

        I use the almond butter from the app!
        Ella x

  • Juls

    What are those seedy crackers? Look like something i would love!

    • ellawoodward

      They’re these awesome little crackers from a company called ‘Go Raw,’ I got them from iherb.com :)

  • http://itcomesnaturallyblog.wordpress.com Emily – It comes naturally

    Great minds think alike! I’ve been eating a kale salad today :-) Those crackers are the cutest! Raw Health by any chance?

    • ellawoodward

      I love kale salads so much, they’re my favourite – glad you love them just as much! The crackers are from Go Raw – they’re so yum! :)

  • Mai

    This salad looks so good and healthy, just like all your recipes! I’ve really found some great recipes here:)
    I was just wondering if this recipe makes for one serving?

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, so glad that you are enjoying all the recipes! And yes this is just one serving :)

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love the look of it – it’s really so good! And yes the recipe is just one serving, it’s the perfect size for lunch or dinner!

  • ali

    hi! This looks delicious, I have everything but ran out of tahini. What would you recommend as a substitute? Or just leave it out?

    • ellawoodward

      I think I would just leave it instead of replacing it, I really think it will be delicious without the tahini, ever so slightly different but still awesome! :)

      • Beth Porter

        Have others found the dressing too sweet? I love hummus beyond all reason, so was looking for a dressing based on hummus, and tried this. But not on this salad. Maybe with these ingredients I wouldn’t find it so sweet. Will try again without the honey…

        • ellawoodward

          I’m sorry that it wasn’t totally to your liking, I love the dressing with this salad as it brings a little sweetness to all the savoury but yes absolutely try it without the honey next time! :)

  • http://www.wonderlusting.co.uk Wonderlusting

    Yum – i love kale, eat it nearly every day. Have just finished eating with beetroot greens. Good to know it’s so power packed!

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you share my love of kale! And yes keep eating, it’s so amazing powerful! :)

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  • MariaJose

    Hi ella, I’m totally obsessed with your blog. Every recipe is amazing!!!!!!!
    Could you please make a recipe with brussel sprouts ? :)

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  • Sabrina

    What method do you use to cook the kale, ( sorry for the silly) question..

  • Melea

    I am a vegetarian who recently cut gluten and sugar out of my diet. I am a horrible cook and am always nervous to try cooking new things. I came across your blog and I was SO excited!! Everything seems relatively simple to prepare. This recipe is the first thing I tried, and it was unbelievable, I feel like I could eat it every day. My one year old nephew was even sneaking bites of kale off of my plate, my sister almost died! So excited to try more of your recipes. Thank you for sharing these!!!

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you found my blog and that you’re excited about the recipes! Amazing that your nephew loved the kale so much!

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  • Michelle Akehurst

    Tried this salad today, yummy! I didn’t have time to cook the kale this morning so i used rocket instead but it was still good. The dressing is amazing :)

  • Mark

    Is there an easy way to print your recipes? Have you published any books?

    • ellawoodward

      I have an app, which makes it easy and I’m writing a book at the moment!

  • http://www.whatallergy.com What Allergy?

    I LOVE the hummous recipe. I make home-made humous all the time and am always trying it with new stuff added. I’ve been experimenting with no sesame as I know some people are allergic to that and it still tastes good but honey – that is making my mouth water just thinking about that. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.thesmallfabricofmylife.blogspot.com Jane

    Just made this for my lunch after a morning of yoga.
    Just perfect.
    I added some beetroot too.
    Thanks for the great recipes.

    • ellawoodward

      Amazing! So pleased you like it!

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  • Michelle

    Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes, Ella! I especially love your video series-can we be expecting more? I tried the rainbow bowl today with your red pepper hummus and it was absolutely amazing- thank you for sharing!

  • Hannah

    Hi Ella,

    I was wondering whether this recipe works as a lunch box? Will the cooked kale taste as nice after a few hours in the fridge?

    Thanks, love your blog!

    • ellawoodward

      Yes! This is great on the go!

  • Bailey

    Ella! Love your website. I’ve made your hummus on more than one occasion..it is delicious. I keep it stocked! Planning on making your carrot and tomato crackers tonight. Possibly your superfood bread as well…if not today then sometime this week!

    I had a question. Those little round seed/cracker looking things, I keep seeing those. They look delicious. I’m wondering if you make them or if you buy them, where can I find them?

    Thank you! Cheers from Alaska.

    • ellawoodward

      Glad you found it and that you like the hummus x

  • Bailey

    Oops, hehe. Just saw a previous response where you said where the crackers are from.

  • Melinda

    Hi Ella! Great looking site!!! So healthy and colorful and inspiring. Can’t wait to try your recipes.
    I’m looking how to make the crackers that are in the picture of your rainbow salad? They look like they are made with flax seeds.
    Thank you :)

    • ellawoodward

      I bought them in Whole Foods in the US!

  • Bethany

    I Just made this salad for lunch and had to refrain from licking the bowl! (I did, in fact, lick the spoon from the delicious hummus!) It was amazing! Your recipes are inspiring and delicious…I will be trying many more. Thank you for helping me make the transition to gluten fee. Recipes like this will certainly make it easier. Also, I love the App…thank you so much for offering your talents to all of us!
    Many thanks from Tennessee!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I am so pleased you liked the hummus!
      Ella x

  • Ana

    Hi Ella,
    I have been diagnosticated with POTS Syndrome. How healthy food and sport’s excercise helped you with this illness?
    Thank you so much! I like your recipes!
    Love from Spain xx

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Ana,
      Sorry to hear that. The way I eat has had a huge impact on my symptoms and I would definitely recommend trying it. Have a look at the philosophy page for more info!
      Ella x

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  • Isharna

    Thanks so much for this recipe Ella! It just inspired my lunch – I live in Indonesia so a lot of your ingredients can be hard to come by. Instead I used veggies I already had in the fridge from the market this morning – grated beetroot, raw zucchini, local cucumber, and sprinkled some mint and lemon juice for dressing. Delicious!

  • Jess

    Absolutely love your site! So creative and delicious!

    Do you think this recipe could be pulled off without nut butter!?

  • MelMel Rushton

    Hiya, what are the little seed crackers? Do you have a recipe? It all sounds lovely. Thx