Moroccan Chickpea Salad

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This light, colorful summer salad doesn’t require a lot of cooking – perfect for hot summer days! Take this meal to your next picnic or barbeque, or serve it to your family any day of the week.  Leftovers are also great for tomorrow’s lunch or a quick snack.

Preparation: 20 minutes  (Serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chickpeas, preferably freshly cooked
  • 3/4 cup scallions, finely sliced
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice and zest from 1 organic lemon
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt; or more, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Optional: Baby lettuce, full fat yogurt, maximized grainless rolls, and pistachios for serving.

Directions

  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas. Make sure they are dry; use paper towel to pat them dry if necessary.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine chickpeas, scallions, apricots and parsley then set aside.
  3. To make the dressing, combine olive oil, lemon juice and zest, apple cider vinegar, garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, sea salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk until well blended.
  4. Combine dressing with chickpea salad, mix well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  5. Serve on a bed of baby lettuces with yogurt and sprinkle with pistachios.

 

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Dr. B.J. Hardick

About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario. Learn More