Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

When you read a magazine do you tear out pages or dog ear things you like?  I tear out pages.  As I was reading my one magazine a few weeks ago I tore out this recipe that sounded right up my alley.  I loved all the ingredients and most I could get fresh.  I particularly loved that the recipe included Chickpeas. LOVE those little things!! and they are so darn good for you!!

Anyway, I have a huge stack of recipes that I find places and always plan on trying but have yet to do so.  Well not this one.  This one made it to the top of my pile.  I actually  made this for the first time last week but have been having it again for lunch this week.  It is a wham bam packed salad - complex carb and protein all in one!! Oh and this is vegetarian too!!

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

1 can low sodium chick peas, drained and rinses
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2"' cubes
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Adobo all purpose seasoning with pepper, to taste
1/4 cup EVOO

1. In a medium mixing bowl, gently stir together chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, onions, and parsley until combined; set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, stir together lemon juice and Adobo. Using whisk, add olive oil in slow steady stream, whisking constantly until oil is well incorporated.
3. Toss olive oil-lemon dressing with reserved vegetables until coated completely.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Serves 4, Prep time 15 min, Total time 20 min

Today I had this over a bed of spinach and it was awesome!!

So if you try this recipe, please let me know your thoughts.  

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