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With warmer weather on the way and a high of 84 degrees this week I’ve been inspired to start my summer dishes! My new obsession (besides avocados) is chickpeas. With recent research proving that following a Mediterranean diet is a much healthier way of living I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate it into my meals.

Chickpea salad was an idea that I got from my Aunt. During hot summer days you tend to lose your appetite due to the heat. This is perfect because it’s light, easy to make, and involves no cooking.

According to Nutrition data in one cup of Chickpeas you get 50% of your daily value of dietary fiber and 12g of protein. It keeps you full and its light on your stomach. Chickpeas are low in sodium as well as cholesterol and provide a good source of iron.

What I love about this the most is that you can make it a million different ways. Get creative! Since I have an obsession with avocados I dice them up and place it in the salad along with diced celery, red pepper, red onion, and rosemary. If you’re not a fan of rosemary you could always use Good Season’s salad dressing or just garlic and olive oil.

Ingredients (as shown in my picture)

  • Chickpeas
  • Celery
  • Red onion
  • Red bell pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic

 

More on Mediterranean diets: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/health/mediterranean-diet-can-cut-heart-disease-study-finds.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Nutritional Information: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4326/2

Benefits: http://www.canadianliving.com/health/nutrition/3_health_benefits_of_chickpeas.php