Chickpeas black peas fruit and nut salad with simple Greek dressing :A refreshing all season salad made with boiled chickpeas, black peas, tomatoes, pear, guava and nuts and special seeds. Are you thinking what I was thinking? Yes! A very healthy and satisfying salad indeed.
This salad is not only healthy but its preparation is very therapeutic. Made in no time and filled with all the good things to complete your day. Tossing and bringing this salad together will really soothe your senses.
It’s my favorite weekend salad. Weekends we don’t usually cook the regular, monotonous and same curry based veggies for lunch. The plan is always to make something light, refreshing and different from the usual boring weekday menu.
I can just have this salad for lunch. For the rest I club either a grilled chicken breast or fried patties and garlic bread or nuggets. It’s fun indeed.Its Gluten Free and Vegan .To make it vegan, just replace the cottage cheese with soy cheese or you may also just omit the cheese.
You can experiment with the dressings really. But the I like to make it with a simple Greek dressing. Fresh garlic and herbs with lemon juice .Simple but bold flavors compliments the flavors of each ingredient well. Fresh crumbled goats cheese gives it the creamy texture.
If you do not happen to have goats cheese then crumble some plain cottage cheese or herb infused cottage cheese. Fresh seasonal produce make it all the more delectable,and guavas being my favorite get a place in my salad by default.
The soft pear adds a bit mushy melt in mouth delight and really gives the firm guava good company. I always use freshly ground black pepper for salads.It does make a difference and gives a nice kick to the flavor.
Last but not the least, dry roast some whole almonds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and walnuts . They give the salad a nice bite. Also this is the best way to incorporate seeds, which are good source of Vitamin B1 and E.