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Pecan Chickpea Salad

I’m going to say this right here and right now: I have weird eating habits.  I would say that a good seventy percent of what I eat is vegetables.  I don’t eat very much meat, but I love Greek yogurt and cottage cheese.  And beans…you gotta have beans.

But before I make myself sound too healthy, let me just add that I also LOVE to bake.  And when I bake, I don’t cut any corners.  I throw caution to the wind and stir in that shortening.  So some days I subsist on mainly fruits and veggies, and some days I bake and eat 2 1/2 sticky buns.  No regrets!  😉

But when I try to eat healthy I don’t want things to be boring.  I like a little pizzazz.  A little razzle dazzle.  And on those days I turn to my trust friend the garbanzo bean, aka, chickpeas.

I LOVE garbanzo beans.  In fact, I ate so much hummus between last May and September that I haven’t had any since then.  And just believe me when I say that it takes eating a lot of hummus for me to get sick of it.  But no worries.  Hummus and I haven’t been parted forever.  I’m just taking a temporary break so I can start craving it again.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to consume garbanzo beans in other glorious forms.  And here’s one form I love: the chickpea salad sandwich.  I’m not really one for tuna salad, and I may or may not be in the mood for chicken salad depending on its ingredients, but I am ALWAYS up for some chickpea salad.  That’s just the way I roll.  😉

This chickpea salad is full of loveliness: feta cheese, apples, and pecans.  Yum!  Who says healthier eating isn’t fun?  But I’ll still take a sticky bun for dessert.  😀


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Pecan Chickpea Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1 14.5 oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • ⅔ of a medium Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾-1 cup plain Greek yogurt, depending on desired consistency
Instructions
  1. Add the chickpeas to a bowl and mash with a fork. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir well to combine. Serve on lettuce or as a sandwich.

 

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  • Sues January 17, 2017, 6:37 pm

    Let’s be real, vegetables and sugar are all you really need in life!! OK, feta cheese helps, too. This salad looks seriously delicious 🙂

    • Amanda January 23, 2017, 11:06 am

      Yes! Veggies, sugar, and feta cheese is pretty much all I need. Maybe that should be the name of the blog! 🙂

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice January 18, 2017, 5:18 am

    Oh this salad is calling my name, Amanda! Chickpeas are my favorite, and I love adding them to salads. So pretty!

    • Amanda January 23, 2017, 11:06 am

      Thanks so much, Gayle!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary January 18, 2017, 2:08 pm

    Guuuurl, my husband is always making fun of my eating habits!! He constantly tells me it’s not natural to eat as much broccoli as I do. 😉 So I feel ya! I LOVE LOVE LOVE chickpea salads! Seriously, they are one of my go-to’s for lunch, so I adore this one! The addition of pecans for some crunch sounds fabulous! Definitely trying this soon! Cheers!

    • Amanda January 23, 2017, 11:07 am

      I’ll eat a whole bag of baby carrots during a meal. It’s weird. 🙂 Thanks so much, Cheyanne!

  • annie@ciaochowbambina January 18, 2017, 8:52 pm

    I love the razzle dazzle of this!! Exciting flavors and healthy too? Perfection!

    • Amanda January 23, 2017, 11:07 am

      Aww, thank you so much, Annie!

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