Sunday, January 17, 2016

Yummy Chickpea Salad

I have a confession. When I was a meat eater, I never liked tuna salad. It would either have too much mayo, not enough salt, or worse yet - taste and smell too 'fishy'. After I became a vegetarian, and later vegan, I found myself craving foods that reminded me of my childhood and for some reason wanted something that was similar to a tuna sandwich. Weird I know. 

Enter chickpeas, stage right. What can I say about chickpeas, or garbanzo beans as they are otherwise known? I love these little guys. Not only are they cheap and versatile, they are packed with protein (five grams a serving), fiber and iron, all things a busy vegan needs. 

You can make pretty sophisticated dishes with these legumes, but when I'm feeling lazy (as I often am) I make a quick salad that comes together in under 10 minutes, depending on how fast you chop, and can be tweaked to suit all tastes. It tastes kind of like tuna, in a good way, and you can eat it guilt-free knowing no animal had to die for this dish.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  

Yummy Chickpea Salad
One 15oz can of chickpeas, drained
Two tablespoons of vegan mayo (I use Follow Your Heart)
Juice of one lime
Half a small onion, diced
Two tablespoons of sun dried tomatoes, drained of oil, diced (optional) 
1/4 cup of apple, diced (optional)
One teaspoon nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper to taste
Place drained chickpeas into a bowl and mash roughly with the back of a fork, leaving a few chunks. Add diced onion, sun dried tomatoes, apple (if using), mayo and lime juice and stir.
Add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and stir. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. I like a lot of lime, but if you don't, adjust the juice to half.
Best served chilled after a few hours but still tastes awesome if you eat it right away, which I usually do because I can't wait! Serve on a bed of lettuce or on top of your favorite bread.


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