Archive for March 12th, 2012

Chickpea Spinach Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

 
351/365 Chickpea & Spinach Salad #mostly365

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably already know that I LOOOOVE chickpeas.
But that’s not all… I don’t think I’ve said this before, but I also really, really like spinach.
The thing is, I like most greens – I’m lucky like that… spinach, kale, basil, watercress, etc I can’t get enough of them!
I made pesto with dandelion greens recently and I quite enjoyed that, so add that to the list, would ya!
I wanted to make this salad the minute I found it; it embodies everything I love in a salad.
Chickpeas and finely chopped spinach with a cilantro lime vinaigrette.
What’s not to like? Plus it’s healthy!

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When you make it ahead of time, and allow the ingredients to marinate, you get this refreshingly vibrant and delightful dish.
A wonderful joining of tart, sweet and savoury flavours… and the kick from the cilantro really makes it shine!
This is the kind of food I want to eat all summer long; when I don’t want to turn on the stove.
Another thing with this salad is… and I wonder if this happens to anyone else, I always end up with too much spinach and cilantro, so I usually make a spinach and cilantro pesto to go with it.

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Serve it over rice or bulgur with a side of pesto or some other sauce, and you have a quick no-fuss weeknight meal.


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