The Ardent Epicure

An Ode to the Pleasures of Food

Fresh Chickpea and Tomato Summer Salad
with Mint Lime Dressing


This is a simple summer salad that is just loaded with green protein,
a variety of textures and refreshing summer flavors...

Basically this is just a throw together from a farmers' market afternoon,
with a bit of garden mint thrown in. I mean it's summer, and hot...
so who wants to work so hard at preparing a healthy meal?
Not me :)


OK, so I did have to do a bit of work shelling these gorgeous fresh
chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Especially since I brought 
home the bush and all...

My son (aka Truffle Shuffle) promptly exclaimed..."Only a food photographer
would even consider buying this". Probably an accurate statement, but just
look how cool they are. I could not resist :) 

Plus they are not only delicious, but considered to be an excellent source
of protein, iron and fiber. 


The addition of Edamame Sprouts and Sugar Snap Peas added some
great additional texture and flavor. Not to mention the added antioxidants
and fiber. And an additional dose of protein with the edamame sprouts.


What you will need:
For the Salad
2 pounds various tomatoes
1 cup fresh chickpeas, shelled
10-12 ounces edamame sprouts
Handful of sugar snap peas
1/2 cup feta, optional

For the dressing
1 lime, juiced 
Zest of 1/2 lime
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
1/4th cup grapeseed oil
A pinch or so of cumin
A pinch of raw sugar, or to taste
Ground pepper and salt to taste


Let's get cooking:
For the salad
Prepare as desired tossed in large mixing bowl, or
layered on individual plates. 

For the dressing
Place all ingredients except oil into a blender or mixing bowl.
Whisk or pulse ingredients until incorporated, then slowly add
oil while continually mixing for a few minutes, or until incorporated
and mixture does not separate.

Serves 4


Enjoy~
Alisha~Magic of Spice

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