16 September 2011

Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad

This spring I completed my first ever full marathon.  And now I am barely running.  My non-running friends do not understand when I try to explain how a good run keeps me grounded.  Most tell me I am mental for running at all.

But the truth is, when I am not out running regularly my whole body is out of sorts.  It does not help that I have been on a baking binge lately.

So today starts my resolve to get back to my running happy place.  Any Dailymile folks out there can help be my accountabilibuddy

Chickpea Salad Ingredients

Don't worry, I will not stop baking my desserts as I get back on my running bandwagon.  I love me some baked goods.

But I think I should also post a few of my post-run meals.  My pre-run meals are rather boring -- usually pretty boring, yogurt, fruit, and toast.  But after I get back I always have a hearty appetite.  

True fact, when I ran cross-country in high school my dates used to think I was awesome.  We would go out to a restaurant and I would inhale my meal.  No dainty little dishes for this girl.  They were thoroughly impressed.

And although I made a salad today for my post-run meal, don't be fooled.  It packs a punch and is rather filling.  Let me introduce you to my version of the Chickpea Salad.

Chicpea Salad Dressing Ingredients

The Shopping List:

For the Salad
  • 2 Hearts of Romaine lettuce
  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 vine tomato
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
The Dressing
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • a dash of salt
  • a dash of pepper
Chickpea Salad

The Method:
Wash and cut the lettuce, green onion, pepper, and tomato.  Add in the garlic and chickpeas and give it a toss.

In a jar, add in the olive oil, red wine vinegar, and brown sugar.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Give it a shake.  Drizzle over the salad to lightly coat.  

Easy-peasie pure goodness.

Chickpea Salad

31 comments:

  1. This looks really bright and delicious!

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  2. Yum! I LOVE chickpea salads. I use some curry powder in mind. So so good!

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  3. So fresh and filling! The ultimate choice for a light meal!

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  4. Oh it looks so fresh, healthy and delicious :)

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  5. Salads of any kind are one of my favorite things to eat, and even better when they contain chickpeas!
    Tasha @ The Brick Kitchen

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  6. yum! refreshing and chockfull of chickpeas. the best!

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  7. What beautiful photos. The colors are exquisite!

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  8. I love chickpeas and salad, but haven't combined the two in a while. Your stunning photos have inspired me to hop back on the chickpea salad bandwagon. :) Good job on running a marathon in the spring (and jumping into running again)! That's such an amazing accomplishment.

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  9. I didn't know you ran a marathon. That is so amazing! I would love to do that someday :-) This salad is sooo pretty. I adore chickpeas

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  10. Lo and behold! This is one of the most beautiful chickpeas salad I've ever since. It's fresh and rich in flavor. Do you think I can use a balsamic vinegar (from the same brand, Star) as an alternative to red wine vinegar?

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  11. @Karen, I think you could use balsamic vinegar. I've used it for other dressings. I like the red wine because I thought it would compliment the pepper, but both should work.

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  12. This looks so good, I'm thinking of lunch today!! I know what you mean about the running. I used to hate it, then I loved it, then I got ill and wasn't allowed anymore. I speedwalk every morning now with the dog but sometimes I just NEED to run. It's like I feel sluggish and antsy and need to release it all. Congrats on Top 9 btw !!

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  13. I love chickpeas and add them to salads all the time. This looks so so good!!

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  14. Your running habit always impresses me. I would love to be more attracted to sports...
    It looks like a perfect salad to me: beautiful, healthy, but filling and certainly delicious!

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  15. Beautiful salad! All of the colors ensures that it's a healthy one! Love your website!

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  16. Looks like the perfect post work out meal, nice and filling but still light.

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  17. A good exercise can make you feel great, but I'll bet the salad makes you feel pretty good too.

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  18. I have a cabinet full of chickpeas - and this looks like the perfect recipe to try. I can't wait! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  19. I do love anything with chick peas. Lovely, colorful salad.

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  20. Post-run meals are the best! Although after I run, I feel so good about what I've just done that I just want to fill my body with healthy foods...like this salad! Looks delicious!

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  21. What a lovely fresh salad, I love chickpeas. And I agree about the post-run appetite, nothing beats it on the rewarding scale.

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  22. I'm eatting it as I write! it is delishious!
    Thank you ;)

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  23. You're right...this is pure goodness. Delicious looking and 100% good for you. Beautiful, vibrant salad - could it get any healthier than that? Will be making this...thx for sharing. :)

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  24. I don't run, I don't worry about eating too many desserts. I am bad. I know. I am making this salad for dinner because it looks so darn good! Plain and simple!

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  25. I'll be making this. Pinning!!

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  26. As a fellow marathoner (and a vegan) I was looking for a chickpea salad recipe - and this one looks delicious.

    Stick with running, its my exercise program, my therapist, my sleeping pill, and offsets my tendency to eat huge meals. It truly does keep you grounded, and once you start - stopping just feels all wrong.

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  27. Love this recipe.

    Thank you

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  28. So glad I stumbled on your site. Been a little on the depressed side lately so the colors of the food and the reminder to get back on the exercise path was the perfect Rx!

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  29. Its really good..:) I added some currry powder.. delicious

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