Sunday, May 19, 2013

Chickpea Energy Salad

This is a re-set salad. No matter how you've been eating the rest of the day, it'll get you right back on track and give you a burst of afternoon energy so that you can get all your stuff done. We sometimes eat plain chickpeas, just rinse 'em and go, but this makes it all a bit more civilized. And we've found from experience that go-to quick recipes like this keep us from seeking out chips, ice cream, chocolate, or cookies when we're ravenous and weak at 4 o'clock. This is a good alternative to those pesky habit-forming treats.

The cool thing about this simple-to-make recipe is that you probably have all of the ingredients in your cupboard, and once you whip it up in your favorite mixing bowl, you can have it on some couscous or in a wrap with sliced cucumbers or on top of a bed of lettuce...or you could just eat it straight out of the bowl.

Chickpea Energy Salad

1 teaspoon champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
juice and zest from 1 lemon
1 small minced clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon honey
1 can no-salt-added chickpeas (rinsed)
1 shallot (minced, rinsed running in water; about 1 tablespoon)
1 cup grape tomatoes (halved)
2 tablespoon minced curly parsley
sea salt and cracked black pepper (to taste)

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, zest, garlic, and honey. Add chickpeas, shallot, tomatoes, and parsley. Season to taste using sea salt and cracked black pepper. (Makes 2 servings.)

13 comments:

LittleMonsterx14 said...

mmm this looks so good! i love chick peas!

Eileen said...

This salad looks so simple and tasty! I bet it's the best work lunch ever. :)

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

This might just stop me hitting the kids' biscuit tin after work!

Anonymous said...

What can I substitute for champagne vinegar? Red wine vinegar perhaps?
Thanks,
TCR
Http://thechangerevolution.wordpress.com

Peter said...

Wow!! What a great salad recipe. Really amazing.

indian food recipes said...

The salads look very tempting..

The Chubby Vegetarian said...

TCR: I bet red wine vinegar or even rice vinegar would work out well here!

TCV

The Chubby Vegetarian said...

...and if you like balsamic, a little of that could be nice, too. We're all about subbing in what you have at home, especially if it's the same family of ingredient like vinegar.

wonderbrad2000 said...

Had this for lunch the last two days and loved it. The only thing I did wrong was skimp on the pepper. I may try it in a wrap next with cucumbers (as suggested). This is definitely going into rotation for me. If I figure out any tweaks to the recipe, I will let y'all know.

wonderbrad2000 said...

Had this for lunch the last two days and loved it. The only thing I did wrong was skimp on the pepper. I may try it in a wrap next with cucumbers (as suggested). This is definitely going into rotation for me. If I figure out any tweaks to the recipe, I will let y'all know.

The Chubby Vegetarian said...

wb2000, thanks so much! in a wrap with a bunch of greens might just be killler...

TCV

The Chubby Vegetarian said...

wb2000, thanks so much! in a wrap with a bunch of greens might just be killler...

TCV

Cindy L said...

This was fabulous. I made the 1 pan pasta (tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil!) from Martha Stewart (in the magazine for June) and was going to eat this on the side but wound up stirring them together for lunch one day at work. I am definitely making this salad over and over again this summer!