Chickpea Veggie Salad
Super simple. Super delicious. The perfect, easy, party salad.
Mom loved a chopped salad and making this always reminds me of her. Truth be told she didn't cook a lot. I got my love of cooking from dad. So salads were her thing. That, and she had been a professional ballet dancer, so healthy and easy was a double win.
I love the ritual of chopping veg, so this is a happy place meal all the way round.
Let's make it.
1 can chickpeas
2 carrots diced
2 ribs celery diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
2 Persian cucumbers halved and sliced
1/2 red bell pepper diced
2 tbsp olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 tbsp (or two turns) rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp 21 Seasoning Salute or fresh herbs of your choice (basil and dill would rock)
1/2 cup fresh mint chopped or chiffonade
Drain can of chickpeas and add them to a large salad or serving bowl
chop all veg and add them to the bowl
juice lemon into the bowl
add salt, herbs, vinegar and toss
top with mint or mix in if you choose
let sit, covered for 30 minutes to let flavors marry
toss again, top with fresh mint or herbs, serve and enjoy
You can double this and keep some around, in the fridge. Believe me, it's a little addicting.