High Protein Salad

Today, on rabbit radio in GC (http://rabbitradio.com.au/) with the host of HOP into HEALTH - Sam beau Patrick (http://sambeaupatrick.com/), we talked about something very important: fresh food, seasonal produce, healthy cooking and nutrition. Sam asked me for a recipe to give away, something easy, and I select this classic one from the book Ronaldo’s Kitchen (bellow). Crunchy, tasty and healthy salad! Enjoy.

Fresh chickpea salad

This salad is one of the easiest salads I have ever done, seriously. It is very tasty and healthy. It contains good low GI carbohydrate, is high in fibre and has a good amount of protein and nutrients. It is a must if you have no time to cook. It can be done in 10 minutes.

Ingredients – serves 6

400g tin of cooked chickpeas
1 cup of whole almonds
4 organic tomatoes – diced
1 green capsicum – diced
1/2 continental cucumber – diced
1 big red onion – diced
1 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley – chopped
1/2 cup of fresh coriander – chopped
4–6 tablespoons of olive oil
2 limes or lemons – juice squeezed
2 teaspoons of ground cumin
2 teaspoons of ground smoked paprika
1 long red chilli – finely chopped, optional
2 tablespoons fresh dill – chopped, optional
1-2 teaspoon of organic and unprocessed salt

Cooking instructions

Add all the ingredients in a salad bowl.
Add lime, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional benefits

Legumes like chickpeas are a source of low GI carbohydrates and good source of protein
Source of calcium, lycopene, vitamin C and other essential vitamins and minerals
Quick and easy recipe to make
Ideal for fat loss
Gluten free