Mena Massound says he often suggests this recipe to people and now I know why. The fresh chickpea salad recipe from the Evolving Vegan cookbook is packed with nutrients, flavor, protein, and takes less than 15 minutes to make.
This might be one of the easiest if not THE easiest recipe in Mena Massound’s cookbook. Everything is eaten raw, so no baking required unless you need to cook your chickpeas first. We used canned chickpeas, so it made the process much faster.
Salad can be flavorful
This ranked a 10 in both flavor and texture for all of us, even the kiddos. The scene in Ratatouille where he combines flavors and bursts of colors and shapes start going off comes to mind. I never knew lime juice had so much potential. If I had to say anything even remotely negative about this dish, it might be the texture of the chickpeas. I normally eat chickpeas puréed in a “chick” salad sandwich or in hummus. Consuming them whole was a bit different for me but not necessarily a negative thing.
Evolving Vegan’s fresh chickpea salad recipe
Two cups of drained canned or cooked chickpeas
One heirloom tomato, diced. I used a Roma tomato
One medium sized Persian cucumber halved and sliced. I forgot to buy this ingredient, so I left it out.
Half an avocado, diced
Two tablespoons of pitted kalamata olives, halved. I put my olives on the side because I’m the only one in the family who likes them.
One tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice. I’m sure fresh is best but I used bottled lime juice.
One tablespoon of finely chopped fresh dill
One and a half teaspoons of ground cumin
One teaspoon of ground coriander
One and a half teaspoons of sea salt. We aren’t very big on salt, so I only used one teaspoon. I’m glad I did because it was the perfect amount according to our palate.
Vegan feta cheese for serving (optional)
1 scallion, sliced, for garnish.
I think it’s safe to say this recipe will frequently appear on our lunch rotation. It’s so flavorful and easy to make. The kids love it and I have some peace of mind knowing they’re consuming healthy foods that will benefit them. The best part is that my kids were involved in the making of this meal! Not only do they enjoy eating yummy healthy food, but they also learn how to make nutrient packed meals and how it’s good for their body. We’re creating healthy habits now, so it’ll be slightly easier for them to continue these habits into adulthood. It’s so important to teach out kids about good health habits and lead by example.
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