Mediterranean chickpea salad is an easy, budget and vibrant salad simply bursting with flavour. This is the perfect all year round salad to remind you of sunny days and warm climates even though it may not be the same outside!
This Mediterranean chickpea salad is a quick and healthy salad with protein-packed chickpeas, cucumber, spring onion, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, fresh basil and feta. It’s summertime in a bowl!
Folks, I think you’re just going to love this really healthy and nutritious salad. It’s guaranteed to fill you right up and leave you feeling satisfied.
As for the taste, I can only describe it as being amazing. Mouthfuls of sweet cherry tomatoes combined with delicious hints of sesame oil, smooth crumbly feta and then you hit the tangy balsamic. It’s such a contrast but it goes together oh so well!
Here’s the thing right, I’m talking from experience when I say that this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad “is the perfect all year round salad”.
How, what do you mean Neil? Well, as I was happily munching away on a bowl of this it was snowing outside here in Glasgow. Now I don’t just mean light puffy snowflakes falling from the sky like in some idyllic countryside setting. No, I mean a full on blizzard where if you ventured outside you’d be mad!
The thing is, I lost myself momentarily in a world of warm, sunny weather. Cloudless skies and carefree days on holiday. I was gone from reality for a good few minutes. I forgot all about the snow storm outside. It was bliss.
So, if you find yourself wishing for your holidays, feeling warm and longing to be bathed in the suns rays, which you haven’t seen for days, may I suggest you pop down to your local supermarket and pick up the ingredients for this amazing Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. The ingredients won’t cost you a fortune and within minutes of eating you’ll be transported to those sunnier climes!
There’s been a fair bit of snow in Scotland over the last few weeks. That’s not unusual being the time of year. What is unusual is the amount that has fallen at lower levels around the cities and towns rather than in the mountains.
What has been amazing fun though is the latest social media obsession here. Watching Scotland’s fleet of 208 road gritters out in action working hard to keep our roads open to allow life to go on as usual.
We’ve all been glued to this trunk road gritter tracker watching the vehicles do their job. Some of them even have hilarious names like “Sir Andy Flurry” (after our world famous tennis player), “Sir Salter Scott” and the brilliant “Gritty Gritty Bang Bang” (my personal favourite)!
Depending on what time of year you’re reading this you may be able to see them out and about on that interactive map, or they may be in their depots, ready for the next onslaught of weather!
- 1 x 400g can of chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 80 g cucumber seeded and diced
- 4 spring onions chopped (bulb and stalk)
- 200 g cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
- 10 basil leaves chopped
- 100 g feta cheese crumbled
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Rinse and drain chickpeas and place in a large salad bowl.
- Toss the chickpeas together with the cucumber, spring onions, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, chopped basil and feta.
- Add sesame oil and balsamic vinegar. Mix everything together and season with salt if required.
The salad is best if you can let it rest in the fridge for at least an hour to marinate before serving.
OK folks I’ll stop talking about snow and salads all in the same recipe post and bring you some details of what to expect recipe wise on Thursday!
So, Thursday. Well it’ll be the start of February and as I’m sure we’ll all be glad that January is over I thought we could have a cake. Now, for those of you still on your January health kicks please do not worry as this will be a Date and Walnut Loaf Cake, one of my low calorie, low fat loaf cakes, just like the Lighter Lemon Loaf Cake. I think you’ll love it and you should treat yourself.
I hope you’ll join me then!
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