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Divine Greek Chickpea & Herb Salad

This herbaceous salad is one nourishing powerhouse meal! Loaded with TONS of nutrients, antioxidants, polyphenols, and most importantly it's fucking delicious. 

Summer and salads are meant for each other. There is nothing like a crisp, cold, and satiating salad in the summer evenings. I ALWAYS double the batch. This is a huge batch and fed my husband and I twice, with about one serving left over. 

I added lots of herbs to this salad. Parsley is super rich in antioxidants, has antibacterial properties, super rich in nutrients that supports eye health, and is high in vitamin C! 

Basil is also an important component in the salad and dressing. Basil is great for digestion, anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants, is great for our skin, and promotes a health gut! It's also a beautiful addition to make this salad even more freaking yummy! 

Last but not least, I added just a bit of fresh oregano. Oregano is one powerful herb. It's a really great antibacterial agent, has lots of phytonutrients that help fight infections, and is also LOADED with antioxidants. It's also a great source of vitamins and minerals... I try to add it to anything that makes sense for oregano to be a part of! 

This is a pic of the herbs I picked from my herb garden. They are really easy to grow!! Check out this article on how to begin your very own herb garden! (Click Here)

Alright, let's do this!!! 

Serving size: Serves 5-6 small side salads
Time: Prep: 30 minutes 
Eat time: 5 minutes :) 

Salad Dressing Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 of a large red onion, diced (you can also use shallot or any color of onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1 tsp fresh or 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh or 1.5 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh or 1.5 Tbsp. dried basil 
  • 1/2 cup red (or white) wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 
  • Juice from 1 large lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. Maple syrup
  • Salt & Pepper to taste 

Salad Ingredients: 

  • 1 can of cooked or 2 cups of homemade chickpeas
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 3 Tbsp fresh basil 
  • 1 large red pepper, diced 
  • 1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (cut into fourths)
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives (dice)
  • 3 cups spinach, chopped 
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber 
  • 1/2 - 1 cup chopped feta (optional)
  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken (optional) 

Directions: 

Make dressing first. Place all ingredients into a glass mason jar, or something similar, and mix with a whisk. Set aside and make salad base next. This is what mine looks like: 

Put all salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well. Separate into serving sizes. For example, I put 1/2 of it in a airtight glass container. The other half I mixed with dressing and served immediately. Keep dressing and salad base separate until ready to serve. Dressing will stay good for up to 3-4 days. Salad base up to 2-3 days. 

This salad is SO good with real sheep milk's feta and/or chopped grilled or rotisserie chicken. Adding more protein will keep you satiated longer! 

Even though this salad has a lot of ingredients and takes a little bit of time to make, I highly recommend making the full batch so you have "planned-overs"! 

Eating real, whole, nutrient dense food is vital to our health. Although food is just one slice of the pie... it's an important piece. Think of food as information. Everything you eat and consume is information your body uses. Give it high quality information so it can support your innate healing and regenerative processes. 

We not only focus on food, but a whole lifestyle in my clean eating programs. My new 14-Day Gut Reset Program is ideal for anyone looking to make changes to the way they eat and operate! There is never a better time to invest in your health, than right NOW!!! 

If you are new to clean eating, check out my Hippie Mom's Guide To Clean Eating, it has everything you need to know on how to begin sourcing and eating better and healthier foods. It has all my top tips in just one book! It's only $38 and sent to you to download. Easy peasy! 

Thanks for popping by. Let me know if you make this salad, as I'd love to know your thoughts! 

In love and health, 

Becky Wells
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
Clean Living Educator & Advocate
www.thehippiemoms.com 

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