The Chop Salad


Sunday night’s got me like…sigh…tomorrow’s coming. Doing school work (or work work I guess for you employed folk) all day inside can cause a serious case of the blues for me. And when I have the blues, just about the only thing that can cheer me up (besides my ridiculously cute pooch) is a great meal to look forward to! Tonight I’m prepping my take on a chop salad which is so simple, really healthy, and will definitely help motivate me through the bleak Monday morning ahead.



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The star of this salad are the roasted curried chickpeas, my new favourite salad ingredient! These puppies are ready in minutes and add the perfect crunch, flavour, and protein that you’re looking for in a delicious lunch salad.

 
 
 
 
Just as important as the toppings is the dressing! I pair the spicy chickpeas with a cool Greek yogurt and mint dressing. Yum! And what is the salad without the base of course? I’m using kale for my lunch lettuce, because it stays really crispy and crunchy for a while. There is NOTHING worse than looking forward to your delicious spinach salad all morning to find it’s wilted by the time lunch rolls around. Avoid this crisis situation by using kale! So crunchy, flavourful, and stays fresh long. Phew.

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Add the rest of your favourite toppings (heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion and duh, feta) and you’ve got yourself a winning dish. Show Monday who’s boss with this kickass chop salad…and bring extra forks for your jealous coworkers perhaps. Enjoy!
 
Ingredients
Total time: 20 minutes
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
 
For chickpeas
1 can of rinsed chickpeas
1 tbsp. curry powder
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. garam masala
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
 
For salad
Large handful of purple kale
1/2 cup cheery tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 tbsp. feta, crumbled
1 tbsp. fresh mint, roughly chopped
 
For dressing
1 tbsp. Greek yogurt (0-2% M.F)
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
7-8 fresh mint leaves
1/2 tsp. salt
 
Instructions
1.     Preheat oven to 350°F
2.     In medium-sized bowl, combine curry powder, cumin, Garam masala, and salt. Add chickpeas to bowl along with olive oil, and combine well so that each chickpea is coated
3.     Spread chickpeas out on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes
4.     Blend together all ingredients for dressing in a blender or using a hand blender. No need to chop anything before! Combine until smooth
5.     In bowl (or plastic container for tomorrow’s lunch) combine kale, cherry tomatoes, and red onion. Top with chickpeas (cooled) and feta cheese
6.     Add salad dressing just before eating and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Katie
    July 18, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    I can't wait to make this one! Perfect side for a BBQ or even a weekday packed lunch for work. Yummmm!

  2. July 20, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Thanks Katie!! Let me know what you think. Yes I brought this for my lunch the other day and it was on point!

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