Lunch · Recipe · Vegan

Chickpea Salad

Happy Saturday!

I haven’t cooked up anything in the kitchen lately that has been share-worthy UNTIL yesterday afternoon! While on my lunch break at work I was scrolling through this 20 + Delectable No Cook Dinner article and found a Greek Chickpea Salad Recipe. I added a few things to make it my own and took out a few things that I didn’t have at home so my final product didn’t end up being very Grecian, however it was delicious nonetheless! Honestly while I was combining all of the ingredients I became skeptical about what I was creating but somehow the final product came out tasting just like a lovely chicken salad! This is a great vegan option for chicken salad!

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Below is how I prepped and cooked up my Chickpea Salad!

Ingredients:
2 Cans Chickpeas
8 Tablespoons Tahini Sauce (This stuff is the jam!)
1/2 Cucumber (Chopped)
1 1/2 Pickles (Chopped)
1/2 Red Pepper (Chopped)
1 Cup Artichoke Hearts (And a little juice too!)
1 Teaspoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoon Black Pepper (or to taste)
1 Tablespoon Salt (or to taste)

Directions:
Rinse two cans of chickpeas and place into a mixing bowl. Mash chickpeas with a potato masher. Since I am not that fancy, I do not have a potato masher so I just used my hands. Cave woman style! You do not have to completely mash until smooth because you may want it to be a little chunky and textured. Once chickpeas are mashed, add in all other ingredients and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

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You will be left with A LOT of chickpea salad! I think this will get me through lunches all next week!

I love to eat chicken salad with saltine crackers or wheat thins so I did the same with this recipe!

Side Note: This may only be something I deal with but whenever I order chicken salad at a restaurant, it is the hardest thing for me to communicate what I actually want because chicken salad can be a salad with chicken on it or it can be the spreadable chicken salad that you eat in a sandwich or with crackers! I vote that we start making some name changes for chicken salad! Maybe Chicken mush? or Chicken Spread? I’m just trying to prevent confusion, y’all! 😉

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Here is the original recipe from She Likes Food if you want to go the Greek route!

HealthyLiving · Lunch · Salad · Snack · Trader joes

If You Are What You Eat!

Good morning! I have a yummy lunch option for you today (and every day, if you’re like)!

If you are what you eat, then I would most definitely be this Balela Bean Salad from Trader Joe’s! ❤

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I first had this salad a few months ago when I spent the day on the other side of Orlando and forgot to pack snack to hold me over until I got home! That is never fun because hangry-ness typically ensues and you end up spending money that you know could have been avoided! Luckily for me, I picked up this treat and it has changed my life ever since! <—I’m aware that this sentence is a little dramatic! 😉

Ever since I had this salad I have been re-creating it at home on a weekly basis! It is refreshing to eat, simple to make, and filled with healthy ingredients! Why would I not eat it everyday?!

Trader Joe’s is known for :

*No Preservatives
*No Synthetic Colors
*No Genetically Modified Ingredients
*No MSG
*No Trans Fats

…which makes for easy label reading! Once I ate the Balela Bean Salad, read the label and realized how simple the ingredients were I gave it a shot in my own kitchen!

Into the bowl went:

2 Cans of Garbanzo Beans
1 Can of Black Beans
1/2 Red Onion (Chopped)
Cherry Tomatoes (Halved)
3/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 tsp Minced Garlic
3 tsp Lemon Juice
1 Cup Parsley (Finely Chopped)
Salt and Pepper (to taste)

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I didn’t have parsley on hand when I made it (and typically make it without it!) Personally, I think it is great with or without the parsley!

I almost always have these ingredients in my kitchen cabinet so this is something I throw together on a weekly basis and eat for lunch or even dinner sometimes if I add chicken to it! Sometimes I eat it with just a fork and other times I scoop it with tortilla chips!

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Enjoy! 🙂

What is your favorite Trader Joe’s product? Have you ever recreated it at home?