For years I had heard people jabbering on about ‘superfoods’…
Superfoods are great for weight loss
Superfoods are great for your skin
Superfoods are great for your metabolism
And the whole time, I didn’t have a clue what one was.
Then, after moving away from home and educating myself on all things food, I finally realised what they were and how I had been eating them the whole time.
What is a Superfood?
A superfood is much like the superhero of the food world; looks like a regular food, but has amazing secret powers which can help save us mere mortals.
Basically, they are packed full of all the nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and polyphenols your body need. And, like all those people were telling me for years, they offer several health benefits.
What I’m trying to say is that this simple superfood salad bowl will transform you – and it tastes gorgeous!
Simple Superfood Salad
I have to say, this has to be the best (and biggest) lunch I’ve had in a while. The hints of cajun spices from the juicy sweet potato chips and the fragrant hummus went perfectly with the zesty salmon, smoky lentils and fresh salad. It was a gift for my taste buds.
I’d just done a work out and half an hour of yoga and needed something that was going to fill me up and this plateful did the trick. It has a bit of everything so not one mouthful is a disappoint and it is completely guilt free.
I must say, I’m a bit obsessed with the lentils and could quite happily eat them straight from the pan on their own. In fact, as I was plating them up I was putting one spoonful on the plate and one spoonful in my mouth.
The salmon and the sweet potato chips take around the same time to cook, so while they are both both in the oven you can prepare the rest of the salad and be ready to go in about 15 minutes!
Sometimes I love nothing more than a fresh fillet of salmon with a squeeze of lemon, and I will admit that my love for this fish is the one reason I am a pescetarian and not a vegetarian!
Rich with omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and vitamin B, salmon is perfect for reducing inflammation.
Cajun Sweet Potato Chips
You can’t beat a tender sweet potato chip. I like to sprinkle mine with cajun spices, but paprika, cinnamon or just salt work wonderfully as well.
As a source of iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C, sweet potatoes will help keep your relaxed and revitalised.
Before I made this salad bowl, I had never tried hummus before. I know, crazy right? Eating wheat free for lent is pushing me to try new foods, like avocado, tomatoes and peppers (most of which feature in this salad, ha!), so I decided I would give hummus a go.
As a huge fan of Deliciously Ella, I used one of her recipes and I was pleasantly surprised. I did have to add more lemon than recommended, but that’s because I love the freshness citrus can bring to a dish.
Stock up on iron, zinc, folate, protein and fiber with hummus.
When I think of smoky lentils, I think of winter stews and spicy enchiladas, but when teamed with sweet tomatoes and tasty avocado, this dish is perfect for a spring time superfood salad.
Lentils are a vegetarian’s best friend and are high in antioxidants, folate and zinc.
As I said, I’m new to tomatoes, but I will be returning for more. Drizzled with a little olive oil, sprinkled with salt and oven roasted, they were delightful exploding balls of sweetness and deliciousness.
Tomatoes provide you with potassium, fiber, lycopene and vitamin C.
I used spinach, mashed avocado and celery sticks in my salad, but any greens will do. Rocket and sliced green peppers would be great alternatives.
Spinach and avocado are high in zinc, potassium, fiber and plenty of vitamins.
Simple Superfood Salad
Sweet Potato Chips
- 1 sweet potato
- 1/2 teaspoon of cajun spice
- 1 fillet of salmon
- Juice of 1/4 of a lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds (optional)
- 50g lentils
- 1/2 a small onion
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic
- 50g tinned tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
Hummus – makes bowlful
- 400g tinned chickpeas
- 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2-3 tablespoons of water
- 5 basil leaves
- Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon of tahini
- 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
- salt to taste
- vine tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1/2 an avocado, mashed
- 1-2 celery stalks, sliced
- Preheat the oven to 180⁰C
- Chop your sweet potato into chips or wedges and place in a microwaveable container
- Pour boiling water over the potatoes so that they are just covered and cook in the microwave for around 3-5 minutes until the sweet potatoes are slightly soft
- When soft, remove from microwave, drain and place on baking tray. Sprinkle them in cajun and place in the oven to cook for between 15-20 minutes, or until the chips are cooked
- Place salmon on baking tray and lightly score the top. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and sesame seeds and place in the oven for around 10-15 minutes or until cooked through
- Place tomatoes on a baking tray and drizzle with oil and salt. Put these in the oven with the salmon and chips and allow to cook until sizzling and browning on top
- Whilst you wait, you can make the hummus. Place all the ingredients into a blender, reserving a few chickpeas back, and blend until smooth. If you prefer a smoother consistency, add more water or oil. Place in a bowl, sprinkle with paprika and a squeeze of lemon and add the remaining chickpeas.
- When the salmon, tomatoes and chips have 5 minutes to go, start preparing the lentils
- In a frying pan, fry the onion and garlic over a medium flame until soft
- Add the lentils and stir continuously until the lentils are warmed through
- Pour in the tinned tomatoes and spices and cook for a further 3 minutes until fragrant.
- You can now start plating up. Add the lentils, spinach, mashed avocado, hummus and celery to the plate.
- Take the tomatoes, chips and fish out of the oven and place them on the side
- Squeeze the lemon over the salmon and add salt to the chips if you want. Add all three ingredients to the plate
So there you have it – the best spring time superfood salad!
What’s your favourite superfood?