Meals don’t have to be complicated. The fewer ingredients used, the easier to make. The easier to make, the less time spent in the kitchen and more time enjoying food in the company of family and friends. Simple, light meals can also be easier on the digestive system.
The place where I’ve eaten the least complicated and most flavorful meals is Greece. It’s my favorite country I’ve ever travelled to. When my husband and I were there in 2015, I loved the way we saw families hold each other close and take care of each other, how simple and slow life is, how warm the sun shines and how delicious and fresh the food tastes.
Among the many islands in the Aegean Sea, there is a tiny island called Naxos. We rented a car toured the entire island, wandering through the towns and chatting with many locals, all of whom were so proud of the organic produce that they grew and the simple, fresh meals made from it.
This simple and delicious salad is inspired by some of the foods we ate in Greece. It will keep fresh in the fridge for up to three days.
Easy Chickpea Salad
1 can low-sodium chickpeas, well rinsed (or two cups cooked, chilled)
3 cups mixed greens
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
10 chopped grape tomatoes
2 tbsp hemp hearts
1/4 cup shaved almonds
1/4 cup Everyday Tahini Sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp high quality olive oil
Combine the chickpeas, mixed greens, chopped cucumber, grape tomatoes, hemp hearts and shaved almonds in a large salad bowl. In a small separate bowl, blend the Everyday Tahini sauce, the mustard and the olive oil together. Toss the salad in the dressing and enjoy!
ASHLEY WOOD is a recipe developer and writer from Winnipeg, Canada. With a passion for health, wellness and vegetables, Ashley creates simple and inexpensive vegan recipes made from whole ingredients that are often seasonal, sometimes gluten-free and occasionally raw. Ashley believe in celebrating the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle and at the very least, hopes to inspire others to eat more plants, smile and live with some Sunshine.