January 7, 2015
Chickpea power salad & The best freaking dressing
Today I’m sharing a fantastic Chickpea Power Salad and my lemon dressing (this dressing is famous…at least with my family and friends). This salad will provide long lasting energy throughout your day and help fight off hunger.
Since we are all kicking off the New Year and are hopefully trying to eat healthy (I’m not talking diets here), I thought I would share this easy recipe that will have you switching up your boring lunch routine.
Here’s what you need…
Chickpea Power Salad
1 15oz can of drained and rinsed chickpeas or garbanzo beans (same thing)
2 Cups of Arugula
¼ Cup of crumbled feta
1 Medium tomato chopped
1/8 Cup chopped dry roasted unslated almonds to garnish
*Makes 2 large servings or 4 small
Lemon Dressing (AKA Best Freaking Dressing)
Juice of one medium lemon
5 tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ tsp. garlic powder
¾ tsp. sea salt (or to taste)
¼ tsp. black pepper (or to taste)
¼ tsp. Italian seasoning
Dash of red pepper flakes for heat or more if you enjoy spicy
*Perfect amount for the entire salad above.
Toss together all your ingredients for your salad in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine freshly squeezed lemon juice and olive oil. Whisk until it’s a smooth creamy consistency. Add the garlic powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flake to the olive oil and lemon juice mixture and whisk. Pour dressing over the salad, toss, and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. Refrigerating the salad helps the chickpeas marinate in the dressing a little (not absolutely necessary, but does add some flavor). Add your chopped almonds to garnish for crunch and an extra protein boost.
Chickpeas are packed full of protein which keeps us full longer and avoids those pesky little cravings. Chickpeas are also high in fiber which helps keep our digestive system working. Arugula is a peppery and tasty little green that contains very high nitrate levels. High intakes of dietary nitrate have been shown to lower blood pressure. It also is very high in vitamin C, A, and K. Paired with my famous lemon dressing, you can’t go wrong with this perfect lunch duo. Make your salad the night before, put your dressing in a separate container, and combine before you’re ready to enjoy!
The dressing alone is a life saver! I don’t buy a lot of pre-packaged dressings any more. It’s so easy to make your own dressing. The best part about making your own is that you control every ingredient. This means reducing your sodium intake and the amount of preservatives you consume. Plus this is the best freaking dressing ever! It’s simple and refreshing. It’s definitely a plate scrapper and will probably have you eating way more salad.
Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy recipe! Let me know what you think about the dressing. Do you have an easy dressing recipe?
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