Quinoa Hummus Spinach Salad Recipe

I get bored easily.

I know a lot of people say this, and I’m sure they’re right, but I can almost 100% guarantee I get bored of things faster than most of the people that say this.

If I have the same breakfast two days in a row, I’ll feel like my life is going down the drain.

Well, maybe it’s not that extreme, but I do take “variety is the spice of life” very literally, and like to fill my life with new things, whether it’s recipes, activities, workouts, whatever. I’ve been trying really hard to satisfy my cravings for variety when I pack my lunch for work everyday. Though I do like to have something different each day, with my favorite things on a pretty steady rotation, I ALWAYS make sure to have some component of my meal have plenty of veggies!

Recently, I’ve been getting sick of my usual huge salad with tahini or veggies and hummus with a veggie sandwich. So, I did a little research, got inspired by mason jar salads, and decided to come up with my own little recipe. I wanted something hearty that would keep me full for a few hours, but also light and, like I said, with plenty of veg power. I had quinoa on hand, so I based my salad off of it and used other veggies I usually find in my fridge and some hummus and voila! A cute, little jar of some of my favorite things!


  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp. hummus
  • 1/4 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 a small bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup packed spinach
  • drizzle of lemon juice
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • a pinch crushed red pepper flakes

In a 16 oz. mason jar, layer hummus, then chopped veggies, then quinoa. Drizzle the olive oil, and add spices. Top with spinach and drizzle lemon over it. That’s it! I made enough quinoa for two batches (two days worth of lunches…two of the same lunches. I never do that, but I need to learn to accept some consistency and if it’s something I enjoy, why not!), so you can double this recipe or triple it or make a whole week of them if you wish! 


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