Ten points to anyone who can tell me where that reference is from.
Anyway, to replace Meal Plan Monday – since I’m still running away and haven’t had much of a chance to prep a meal plan – I’m going to introduce one of my favorite, easy recipes. To be honest, I’ve been eating this salad at least four of fives times every week. It’s super easy to make, takes about five minutes, and is pretty cheap too. Healthy, great for snacks or lunch, and honestly, it’s delicious.
Okay, so disclaimer here: when I make my own recipes, I don’t necessarily use specific measurements. I kind of just go with what tastes good. I did my best to estimate exactly what I use for each ingredient, but play around with it to see what you think!
Easy Chickpea and Goat cheese salad.
- 2 cups Chickpeas
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- Pinch of red chilli peppers
- Pinch of dill
- Put chickpeas in a bowl. Throw in walnuts and cranberries, sprinkle goat cheese on top.
- Toss in the oil and red wine vinegar.
- Top salad with chili peppers and dill.
- When you mix it all up, the cheese s
should get soft and come to create a sort of dressing for the salad. If you don’t like goat cheese, use feta instead. It works just as well, but it doesn’t tend to get mixed up into a dressing in the same way.
I like the chili peppers because they add a hint of spice to the salad so it’s a little more exciting, but you don’t have to include them. The red wine vinegar adds a bit more of a zip as well, so for a more toned down salad, use less.
As for variations, including different kinds of nuts is a good way to switch things up a bit. Chopped up spinach pieces go really well in the salad, or a bit of garlic for an extra kick. Like I mentioned before, feta is a good cheese substitute, as goat cheese can get a bit on the pricey side. Less chickpeas, garlic, and strawberries might be good for a fun summer variation.
Tell me how it goes for you guys!