03 Jul Crunchy chickpea veggie salad
One of my favorite things about summer is having BBQs with friends…ok, let’s be real, in San Diego, you can probably do that any day of the year. But for the rest of you out there, it’s nice to cook outside when it’s hot and BBQs are such a great excuse to get together with the people in your life you love.
Besides the grilled food, no BBQ is complete without some side dishes…pasta salad, potato salad, etc. But that stuff can get sooo heavy! So I wanted to create an alternative to potato salad that has a similar flavor and still pairs well with everything else. So instead of potatoes, I used some chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and threw in a bunch of crunchy veggies…let’s replace those high carbs with some protein and fiber..woohoo!
This salad is so cool and refreshing, it’ll pair perfectly with burgers, bbq chicken, smoked meats…or veggie burgers if you’re like me. In addition to all of the veggies in it, I of course had to throw some extra nutrients and texture in there by adding some sunflower and hemp seeds.
Even if you’re not at a BBQ, this is a great salad to make for a few days of lunches. The chickpeas, sunflower seeds and hemp seeds will all supply an adequate amount of protein as well as fiber and healthy fats, and the array of colors means you’re getting all kinds of different vitamins and minerals.