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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad


Plate of quinoa and chickpea salad with bell peppers and dill.

The Benefits

Chickpea: This small beige legume, also known as the garbanzo bean, is high in protein and filled with nutrients that may help with digestion, boost mental health, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk for cancer.

Vitamin A, C & E - Fiber - Folate - Iron - Magnesium - Potassium


Quinoa: This healthy and naturally gluten-free grain, although technically a seed, may help improve gut health, improve blood sugar levels and assist in weight loss.

Fiber - Folate - Iron - Magnesium - Potassium


Bell Pepper: This sweet and crunchy fruit may improve eye health, reduce inflammation within the body and prevent anemia.

Antioxidants - Vitamin B6 & C - Iron


Onion: This layered bulb may help fight bacteria and protect the body from ulcers, various cancers, heart disease and allergies.

Antioxidants - Vitamin B6, K & C - Potassium


Lemon: This bright yellow citrus fruit may support heart health, weight control, and digestive health.

High in Vitamin C - Fiber - Citric Acid - Iron


The Recipe

Ingredients

1 lb mini sweet peppers, sliced length wise to make 4 pieces

1 small red onion, roughly sliced

1 can (14oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

olive oil

salt & pepper

2 cups cooked quinoa, white or rainbow

a bundle of dill, chopped


Optional but highly recommended!: 1/4 cup crumbled feta


the dressing –

1 tsp honey

3 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 lemon, juiced

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp dried oregano

salt & pepper


Instructions

1) Preheat the oven to 425F

2) Bake the star ingredients: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add peppers, onion and chickpeas. Drizzle with olive oil and dress with a pinch of salt and pepper. Use your hands or a spoon and mix to help coat the ingredients evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chickpeas are slightly crispy and peppers are lightly charred.

3) Create the dressing: In a small bowl whisk together honey, olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, dried oregano, salt and pepper.

4) Construct heaven on earth: In a large bowl add roasted ingredients, prepared quinoa and dill. If using crumbled feta, this would also be the time to add it. Mix to combine.

5) Serve and enjoy!

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