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Post-Workout Fuel: Big Messy Hummus Salad (NYC Street Food Transformed)


A few weeks ago Laurel texted me this photo of her NYC street eats—a big messy hummus pita from her favorite falafel shop. It’s the perfect spicy, crunchy, carby lunch for when workouts are done for the day. Though I can’t get an equal down here in small town Nasvhville, I had a feeling I could get the same feeling of big messy deliciousness from a salad. 

This salad only makes sense in bulk since you’re going to have to buy a whole cucumber and bunch of parsley, so go huge on the mixing bowl.


Big Messy Hummus Salad

Time: 10 minutes

Makes 4 to 6 meal-sized salads.

For the dressing:

½ cup hummus 

½ cup lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)

For the salad:

2 Romaine hearts, chopped

1 bunch parsley, chopped

¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped

1 hot house cucumber, chopped

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1 bag whole-grain pita chips

fine sea salt

freshly ground black pepper


rotisserie chicken, removed from the bone and shredded

hot sauce

israeli pickles (if you can find them!) 

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the hummus and lemon juice. 

In a large bowl combine the chopped Romaine, parsley, oregano, and cucumber. 

When ready to eat, fill individual bowls (I actually use my Health Ceramics small serving dish because this salad needs a big bowl) 2/3rds of the way with the chopped lettuce, cucumber, and herbs. Add a handful of cherry tomatoes to the bowl. Take a handful or two of pita chips, break them into bite-size pieces, and add them to the bowl. Add plenty of dressing (don’t scrimp!), top with about ¾ cup rotisserie chicken, pickles and hot sauce. Dig in.


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