What’s a burger without ketchup? Chicken wings without ranch or blue cheese dressing? Nachos without salsa and guacamole? A kebab without the tzatziki and hummus… I think you get where I’m going with this – condiments make the meal. We all have our favourite condiment, but I thought I’d share two of my favs – hummus and salsa.
There are literally million salsa and hummus recipes on the Internet, and even more pre-made versions at your local grocery store, but these recipes from Gourmet Nutrition are worth the make. Trust me.
The nice thing about both of these condiments is that they’re actually really healthy. Hummus is rich in nutrients and fibre, while salsa has a high lycopene content (thanks to the tomatoes) so you don’t have to feel bad when you polish off the whole bowl… which I do often. 😬
Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Hummus is a middle-eastern spread typically made of ground chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic. It’s nutrient-rich, high in fibre and makes for an awesome spread, dressing or sauce. In this recipe, sesame seeds and orange juice add a unique flare.
1c chick peas
2 cloves fresh garlic
1tbsp sesame seeds
2tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Combine all ingredients in a blender or mini food processor and puree until smooth.
Fresh Tomato Salsa
We all know that tomatoes, with their rich lycopene content, offer a ton of health benefits. Well, what better way to get them than with this fresh Spanish-inspired salsa recipe? This versatile dish can be used as a salad dressing, dip or garnish. It’s delish!
2/4c vine ripened tomatoes, diced small
1/4c red onion, finely diced
1/4c black beans
1tsp fresh garlic
1tbsp lime juice
1tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
1 pinch chili powder
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and toss until well combined. Look at it for three minutes, while thinking “that was easy.” Then serve and store.