Chickpea Salad is Surprisingly Healthy

A Chickpea Salad is a healthy, delicious vegetarian alternative to the meat-based standard. Chickpea salads have become very popular over the last couple of years, especially in London. They are very easy to make (in fact, it’s easier than making any kind of salad! ), and surprisingly tasty. Here are some ways you can make them at home.

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Chickpea Salad is Surprisingly Healthy

A Chickpea Salad is a healthy, delicious vegetarian alternative to the meat-based standard. Chickpea salads have become very popular over the last couple of years, especially in London. They are very easy to make (in fact, it’s easier than making any kind of salad! ), and surprisingly tasty. Here are some ways you can make them at home.

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Start by making the chickpea salad base. Use a non-stick frying pan to heat your skillet just on the sides, until it begins to whistle or “seize” (it will look like it is seeping up into the sides of the pan). Drain your chickpeas and add to the pan along with your chopped canned or fresh tomatoes, spices, herbs, olives, salt, pepper, and vinegar. Stir to combine. Cook for about two minutes, until the vegetables are soft.

 

Now, one of the key things I love about this chickpea salad recipe ingredients, aside from the fact that it is so cheap and easy to make, is that the flavors meld well together even when the vegetables are mixed and combined later. Chickpea salad dressing recipes generally call for olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon juice, but these ingredients can be adjusted to your taste. Lemon juice is particularly nice on a salad, as it adds a nice bright tangy flavor, not too sweet like mayonnaise.

 

Other great variations of this basic recipe include substituting radishes or strawberries for onions and using different cheeses in place of olives. My favorite is using shredded sharp cheddar cheese, coupled with a lemon juice and freshly chopped zucchini. Goat cheese makes an excellent alternative to salted and cream cheese in these recipes, as it is both nutritionally sound and creamy fresh. Another variation you might try is using shredded chicken breast instead of the veal. This works particularly well with creamy fresh herbs such as parsley and chives.

 

Chickpea salad can also be made with completely organic produce and is surprisingly delicious. If you’re not a big fan of eggs, consider making this dish using non-organic baby carrots, which you could mash up with the grated center. A red and green salsa can be made with romaine lettuce, cilantro, cucumber, Cayenne pepper, tomatoes, and lime juice, then finished off with chopped avocado and lime wedges for a delicious, colorful, fresh-tasting salad. If you’re serving it with chips, you can always heat it up a bit to enhance the crunchy texture, then dip it into some barbecue sauce. Don’t forget to serve it with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil for that special dip.

 

Traditionalists will tell you that you should use lots of fresh herbs in your Chickpea salad. You’re right, but you don’t need too many. Garlic, Rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, parsley, dill, and fennel are favorites. Put any or all of these together and mix them up together, season with salt and pepper to taste, and you have a delectable, healthy, delicious salad. You can also use fresh herbs to augment the flavors in other dishes, such as rice, falconry, vegetables, and soups. The herbs will infuse your dishes with delightful aromas and wonderful flavor.

 

Bell peppers are slightly bitter, so be careful not to over-indulge. If you’re serving chicken, you can chop up the breasts into chunks and place them with the sliced bell pepper on top. Diced tomatoes, red onions, cucumber, and lime or lemon wedges are an incredible accompaniment to the chicken-and-bell pepper mixture. Chicken salads with this combination are a tasty (and relatively inexpensive) way to heat up your meal preparation!

 

You can dress up your Chickpea salad with a simple vinaigrette dressing or try another refreshing twist with olive oil, lemon juice, chopped tomatoes, and black pepper. Cashews are known for their ability to provide mild yet assertive flavors; use them with every dish you prepare. You’ll never lack for choices when it comes to adding fresh vegetables to your diet. Try some of these salads today – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the healthy benefits they can bring to your meals.