Broccoli and Chickpea Salad with Lemon Dressing is super easy! It was one of our fun and light July 4th dishes we decided to make. We wanted a day of rest and relaxation, and since we were feeding only ourselves, we wanted simple! This totally fit the bill. We vegged on the couch with our Netflix addiction and made Summer Spaghetti Salad for lunch and Broccoli and Chickpea Salad for dinner. While we didn’t celebrate our country’s independence with fireworks, friends, and family, we did get to start the day working out with friends and ended it with a few cold beverages and yummy and nutritious food. That’s my kind of day!!!
Back to the salad…while I like the salad on its own, I liked it best with the avocado spread, which I put on flatbread. The picture above is Paul’s. He wanted to try his another way just for this post…my opinion is that the pita was too much bread.
The avocado spread was delish, but hummus would be fun to try. I appreciate dishes that are modifiable because it gives you leeway to adjust the recipe based on what you like, dislike, have in stock, are out of, etc. – USE IT IF YOU HAVE IT, LOSE IT IF YOU DON’T! If you love an ingredient, add a little extra. If you’re in the mood to mix it up, replace an ingredient or two. My only recommendation would be to keep it “real.” Hopefully that’s the reason you’re on this blog in the first place – to fuel with real food!
As for the dressing…we loved it! I’m sure we’ll make it often!
- Real Food
*If eaten as a salad or with dairy and gluten-free pita bread, flat bread, or wraps.
- Cutting board & Knife (veggies)
- Measuring cups & spoons
- 2 Mixing bowls (salad & dressing)
- 1 small bowl (to mash avocados)
FROM OUR KITCHEN
- BROCCOLI. The crunch is great, but let’s be honest, the health benefits are reason enough we should eat them every chance we get: anti-cancer properties, bone health, eye health, digestive health, detoxification, liver protection, slowed aging, regulates blood pressure, healthy brain function, improved metabolism, anti-inflammatory properties, protection against chronic disease, and so much more…
- CHICKPEAS. We always have chickpeas in stock. We keep them on hand for hummus, but they can be used in many dishes.. Their nutritional benefits, including being a source of plant-based protein, on top of the versatility make them a go-to for many vegetarians, vegans, and others who eat a similar diet.
- RED ONION. We eat onions daily and don’t stress about which type. I like red in this dish because of its color and mild flavor. They were finely chopped in this salad because we wanted them to blend nicely.
- KALAMATA OLIVES. You could use black olives, but I always select Kalamata olives over black or green. (We won’t go into the many types of olives. I try to stick to accessible ingredients, so anyone can make recipes shared here.) I especially like the saltier bite of the Kalamata olive.
- SUN-DRIED TOMATOES. I used sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil for this recipe. I’ve never found them easy to chop, but they sure are delicious!!! As with anything in a can, jar, box, or bag, READ the ingredients; you want to know what else is in the jar with your sun-dried tomatoes.
- AVOCADOS. Yum…one of my favorite foods! Potassium galore, healthy fats, and a magically flavor. The avocado spread in this love the nutritional benefits of avocados, especially their high potassium content and healthy fat profile, but in this dish, the flavor is key!!! The avocado spread took it from “good” to “great” on my scale.
- AVOCADO OIL. You could use olive oil, but I’m a fan of avocado oil’s mild flavor.
- LEMON JUICE. I’ll always use freshly squeezed lemon juice versus bottled. 1) We always have lemons. 2) It’s almost just as fast to squeeze them. 3) Some bottles of juice may have preservatives in them.
- DIJON MUSTARD. If you don’t keep Dijon mustard in your fridge, it’s worth the purchase. It can be used in many simple dressings.
- HONEY. I always recommend local – I believe it’s healthier for our bodies, and it supports local business. We get ours from Norfork Adventure Supply.
- PURE MAPLE. Honey and maple can usually be used interchangeably. Both have nutritional benefits and in my opinion are equally as yummy. You will want to use pure maple if you’re eating a vegan diet or taking it somewhere where there could potentially be others eating a vegan diet. It’s always good to be considerate. 😉 I keep both and use both. For this recipe I used honey. (Note: the difference in texture can make a crucial difference in some recipes. I’ve made that mistake.)
- SALT. We always use pink salt.
- MINCED GARLIC. I think garlic cloves will always taste a little better, and we just purchased some fresh. However, just for the sake of making it as simple as possible, we used our back up squeeze minced organic garlic we keep on hand.
BROCCOLI AND CHICKPEA MIX
- 1 bunch of broccoli florets, thinly sliced
- 1 15oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 teaspoons local honey or pure maple (for vegan version)
- 1 garlic clove or 1/2 teaspoons of squeezed minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon pink salt
- 2 Avocados, mashed
- Pink salt, to taste
- Pitas, Flatbread, or Wraps
- NOTE: The salad is best after it marinates at least an hour. However, it isn’t a must.
- Combine broccoli & chickpea mix (chickpeas, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives) in a bowl.
- Combine lemon dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk with a fork.
- Mash avocados and salt then aside to spread on the pita, flatbread, or wrap.
HAPPY & HEALTHY