High Protein Hummus Chicken Salad

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A quick and easy High Protein Hummus Chicken Salad that makes a perfect, healthy weeknight dinner or filling desk lunch that you’ll love!

High protein salad in a bowl with chicken, tomatoes and cucumber

 

I’m starting your day off with a little poetry:

AN ODE TO PANERA:

Oh Panera, you make me smile.

With your delicious cinnamon crunch bagels, I could stay awhile

The smell of fresh baked treats

Makes me want to eat eat eat!

You have delicious cauliflower soups and healthy pasta salads as well

Oh Panera, you sure are swell!

If you’re wondering why we started that way, it’s because this salad is a recreation of their hummus chicken power salad that is just SO DANG GOOD that I had to try making it myself!

protein salad in a bowl with chicken, cucumber and tomato

How to add Protein to Salads

Ok, so there’s so many things I ADORE about salads.

There is such a variety of types of salads- some use greens, some use grains, some use both! Some use veggies and savory dressing, and others add some sweetness with fruit for that fun pop of flavor! SO SO much to love! One thing that can be frustrating about a salad, though, is that some salads just aren’t filling enough to be a meal, so what we all need is a good high protein salad.

A couple of protein rich salads I love are Grilled Thai Beef Salad and Shrimp Avocado Salad with Watermelon.  Here are some ways to add protein to your salad that will jazz it up, give you the energy you need to tackle your busy day, and keep you full, too:

Meat

A popular meat to put in salad is chicken. It’s lean, it can be cooked and seasoned many different ways, and it also tastes good either hot or cold in a salad. Beef can also be used- I love ground beef in taco salads and strips of seasoned beef in any type of salad!

Chickpeas

I am such a fan of chickpeas, which I told you in the creamy chickpea curry ! They will add that boost of protein you’re looking for, they’re easy to cook, and they taste delicious!

Quinoa 

Quinoa is so versatile, and you can throw it in healthy turkey quinoa stuffed peppers or make quinoa crusted chicken. OR quinoa is such a fun way to add protein to a salad, because it has a mild taste, a great texture, and pairs well with greens, other grains, fruits and vegetables.

Eggs

Eggs are great because they contain a lot of protein and keep you full! Hard boil them or soft boil them, then slice onto a salad to kick it up a notch!

Is Hummus Healthy?

YES! Hummus is most definitely a healthy food to add to your diet. It is a popular middle eastern dip and spread that happens to be loaded with vitamins, minerals, and protein, thanks to the chickpeas! Chickpeas are packed with fiber, folate, vitamins A, E and C as well as magnesium, potassium and iron! Hummus is a delicious and nutritious way to nourish your body and keep it full and energized as you go about your busy day.

high protein hummus chicken salad in a bowl with tomtato

High Protein Chicken Hummus Salad Ingredients 

This salad really hits the mark because it tastes great, includes nourishing ingredients fills your belly and keeps you full! I really think you’re going to love it as much as I do- let’s gather the ingredients! For this salad, you will need:

  • Spinach Leaves
  • Tomato
  • Large Cucumber
  • Red Onion
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Jalapeno Lime Hummus- check it out here

Recipe Variations

One thing I love about creating delicious food to enjoy is that you can always switch things up, add ingredients or take them away, and make it just right for YOU and the ones you love! Here are a few ways to play with this salad: 

Hummus: This recipe uses my jalapeno lime hummus, but you can use other flavors of hummus and it will still turn out amazing! Check out Kale easy homemade hummus without tahini or Mexican Lentil Homemade Hummus for that Mexican flair!

Veggies: This protein salad uses cucumber, red onion, and tomato, but you can easily add in some red, yellow, or orange bell pepper to add some color and crunch! 

Sprouts: Add a handful of alfalfa sprouts to up the protein in this salad even more!

This Salad Is perfect for Desk Lunches

This High Protein Chicken Hummus Salad would be such a great choice for lunch at work when you’ve got a deadline to meet and can’t leave the office over the lunch break! It’s loaded with not only protein and healthy carbs, but tastes great and will satisfy your hunger in a snap!

No more sad desk lunches! Hooray!

high protein hummus chicken salad in two bowls with limes

Other Healthy Chicken Salads

Healthy Chicken Cobb Salad Recipe

Curry Easy Dairy Free Paleo Chicken Salad

Strawberry Salad with Grilled Nectarines

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High Protein Hummus Chicken Salad

A quick and easy High Protein Hummus Chicken Salad that makes a perfect, healthy weeknight dinner or filling desk lunch that you’ll love!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 People
Calories 181kcal
Author Taylor

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups Spinach leaves
  • 1 Large tomato sliced
  • 1/2 a Large cucumber sliced
  • 1/2 a Small red onion sliced
  • 2 Chicken breasts (4 oz each, raw)
  • Jalapeno Lime Hummus {from HERE}

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a small baking sheetwith cooking spray.
  • Cut any visible fat off your chicken breasts and bake until no longer pink inside, 20-25 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the spinach, sliced tomato, sliced cucumber and sliced red onion. Divide between 2 bowls.
  • Top each salad with a sliced chicken breast and as much Hummus as your heart desires.
  • DEVOUR

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.1g | Protein: 28.4g | Fat: 0.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 152.8mg | Potassium: 1100mg | Fiber: 4.1g | Sugar: 1.6g | Vitamin A: 9150IU | Vitamin C: 52.8mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 3mg

FOR THIS RECIPE, I RECOMMEND:

Nutrition Facts
High Protein Hummus Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.7g1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 152.8mg7%
Potassium 1100mg31%
Carbohydrates 11.1g4%
Fiber 4.1g17%
Sugar 1.6g2%
Protein 28.4g57%
Vitamin A 9150IU183%
Vitamin C 52.8mg64%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PER SERVING: FREESTYLE POINTS: 3   POINTS+: 2  OLD POINTS: 1

(without hummus)

 

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