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The Easiest Salad Ever – Just 3 Ingredients!

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The day I discovered this salad, I was busy working and just did not want to cook. Not even for the easy 10 minutes that all of recipes in Jules Clancy’s recipes in 5 Ingredients, 10 Minutes, should take. I really just didn’t want to think. That’s when I turned to this salad recipe that just three easy ingredients:

Yes, seriously.

And while Clancy encourages just dumping your canned salmon right into the bag with the greens, squeezing in some lemon and eating your salad from there; I put mine on a plate for you all. (I also thought a whole bag of greens seemed like so much, so I only did a bit more than a half bag. Truth be told, it wasn’t too much!)

And it got me thinking that there really is no excuse for not eating healthy. Anyone can walk into a grocery store and pick up these three items fairly easily… whether it be while on vacation or during a workday.

Salmon and Mixed Leaf Salad

Ingredients: canned salmon, washed salad leaves, juice of one lemon

The possibilities are endless, my changes in blue:

  • Vegetarian? Jules recommends some goat cheese or ricotta.
  • Vegan? Her recommendations include garbanzo beans or mushrooms.
  • I drizzled about 1/2 tsp of olive oil over the top and seasoned mine with Himalayan Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper. Yup, I got all fancy.
  • You can use bagged salad or any combo of leaves and herbs you have leftover in your fridge.
  • Since I’ve been so heavy on the pesto recipes lately, I think this would be good with a dollop of that, too!
  • You can add any leftover veg you like in your salads as well or any type of protein, really.
  • Use tuna and add a little dollop of mayo like you would a tuna salad!
  • Add some avocado or some cooked rice if you want some extra staying power.
  • But even if you stick with the 3-ingredient recipe, you have an easy, quick, healthy meal that takes way under 10 minutes!
  • This took me as long as it takes me to open my bag of greens, dump it on a plate, open my can of salmon, drain and dump it on the salad and squeeze a lemon. I didn’t think it was necessary to time myself this go round. 🙂 Add a few extra seconds to drizzle my olive oil and season with S&P, though.
  • Will make again in a pinch.

How would you change/adapt/jazz up this recipe to suit you with what you have in your fridge and pantry right now?

Cheers~
Carrie

 

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Panera Power Chicken Hummus Bowl

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I’ve been feeling great getting back into a routine of healthy eating and working out after all of the feasting and imbibing we did in New Orleans last month. Generally speaking, I have a rule about bringing my lunch to work and not eating out. We eat out enough on the weekends!

But a couple of weeks ago, on the way to a meeting, I went through a Panera drive-thru to get a coffee. On the menu I read: Power Chicken Hummus Bowl.

That item intrigued me and I thought I might be back for lunch!

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I had a hard time finding it on Panera’s website when I was in search of nutrition facts. The reason? No, it’s not because it used to be one of their Hidden Menu items. I couldn’t find it because it is listed under Salads. I like the fact that it’s called a Power Bowl. To me, it sounds more exciting than a salad. But I guess you can call it one.

After reading the nutrition facts and ingredients online, there was no way I was not stopping for lunch on my way back to the office!

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From Panera.com: Power Chicken Hummus Bowl – Chicken raised without antibiotics, cilantro jalapeño hummus, baby spinach, cucumbers, diced tomatoes and red onions, finished with freshly squeezed lemon juice and freshly chopped cilantro.

Nutrition Facts {Source: Panera.com}:

  • 270 Calories
  • 10g Total Fat
  • 500 mg Sodium
  • 18g Total Carb
  • 4g Fiber
  • 27g Protein

That is for the whole salad! {You can order a half-sized version, too.} The sprouted grain roll you see on the side of my salad is extra. However, if I didn’t want that, the cashier offered me an apple as a substitute. With your Power Chicken Hummus Bowl, you get your choice of side: sprouted grain roll, fresh apple, baguette or chips.

I loved this bowl!

The chicken is well-seasoned and tastes real – not like the “fake chicken” {at least that’s what I like to call it} at Subway and many other restaurants. I love the flavored hummus. I’ve never found cilantro jalapeño hummus in a store, but I’ve had it before at a local Mediterranean restaurant south of the river called Ansari’s. I never order anything without that hummus there! The balance of vegetables to other ingredients was perfect. What you can barely see is the bed of spinach on the bottom of the bowl.
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Of course, the basic recipe would be pretty easy to replicate and make your own: Chicken {or any protein} + Vegetables + Hummus + Fresh Herbs + Citrus Wedge. The possibilities are endless this way! Plus, you can control the sodium that way. And it reminds me of these easy Power Bowls I often make for my work lunches. However, I found a great copycat recipe where you can recreate Panera’s Power Chicken Hummus Bowl with the cilantro jalapeño hummus and all!

I would be willing to make salads power bowls like these all summer long! Just switch up the protein, the flavor of hummus and the veg and you got something unique, healthy and filling.

And when in a pinch… When I don’t feel like putting this together on my own or I don’t have the ingredients on hand, this bowl at Panera is a better choice than fast food or dining out any day.

I give it two thumbs up.

The next one I want to try is this one.

If you were making the perfect Power Bowl, what would you put in it?

Cheers~
Carrie