Tired of boring salads? Life is too short to eat bland and tasteless salads, and there is no need to with healthy recipes like this one. This salad is flavourful and includes plenty of protein to keep you full and energized. Making this salad in jars means you can store them in the fridge and have them for lunch or dinner the next day.
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Chickpeas offer many health benefits and are a great food to add to your diet. They are a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as folate, iron, phosphorus, copper and manganese. Chickpeas are also a very good source of fiber. Fiber is key for a healthy colon and good digestion. Chickpeas are high in protein and a great replacement for meat. They will help keep you feeling full and satisfied, and may help with weight management. On top of all of their health benefits, chickpeas are affordable and can be bought canned to easily add to meals.
This recipe includes many types of vegetables, but feel free to add in more to get a greater variety! Spinach is high in fiber as well, helping to improve digestion. It also contains vitamin A, C, K, folate, iron and calcium. In a recipe with a good dressing (like this one!) it is easy to throw in lots of spinach and get your daily serving of dark leafy greens. Plant foods contain polyphenols which are health-promoting micronutrients in plants that are packed with antioxidants and other health benefits. Polyphenols have been linked to improving digestion, weight management, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease and cardiovascular disease.
- 2/3 cup cooked chickpeas
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
- 2 radishes, sliced
- 4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 small red onion, diced
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese
- Place the chickpeas, spinach, tomatoes, radishes, bell pepper and onion in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the lemon juice, oil, and yogurt and toss to coat.
- Divide between two salad jars, top with crumbled cheese and serve.
Total time: 15 minutes Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: None
NUTRITION INFORMATION: Calories: 445 Fat: 17g Carbs: 56.5g Protein: 21g
The next time you feel like a nutritious meal and dread another bland salad, pull out this recipe and make it start to finish in 15 minutes. Enjoy!
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