Chicken and Chickpea Salad

En Español

This is an awesome and filling salad that I got out of a High-Energy, Low GI cookbook. I made a few changes and served with some toasted casabe to add a little bit of Dominican flavor. Thisi s a Deliciously Nutritional Salad!

Chicken and Chickpea Salad Recipe

14 oz. canned chickpeas. Drained and rinsed 
3 ½ oz. canned red kidney beans. Drained and rinsed 
(I prefer fresh beans so I boiled some until tender and rinsed with cold water to stop the cooking process)
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, torn
1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
A small bunch of chives, finely chopped
8 oz. grilled chicken breast, chopped
8 oz. very ripe cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small cucumber chopped
Fresh Parmesan cheese shavings
(Optional) Serve with warm pita or toasted casabe, see note at the end of recipe

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2-3 garlic cloves crushed
1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

To make the dressing: Mix oil, vinegar, garlic, and mustard in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste and stir until the mix turns a pale yellow almost white in color. Mix the chickpeas, kidney beans, onion and herbs. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours to let the flavors infuse.

Right before serving, add the chicken, tomatoes and cucumber to the salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss well. Sprinkle with a few shavings of Parmesan and serve with warm pita or toasted casabe.

Replace the chicken with grilled turkey breast and the parsley for fresh cilantro.

[Casabe - crispy flat bread made from cassava (yuca) flour. It can also be toasted in the oven and served with a sprinkle of salt and a drizzle of olive oil]

Casabe and its history click: Casabe.
How to toast casabe instructions and another recipe click: Algo Taíno con Algo Mediterráneo.
Recipe for: Ensalada de Bacalao.

The rose is a special add-on, since my beloved husband has given me a bouquet of roses in this day and I wanted to share it and at the same time save it along with this recipe.

"A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones."  Proverbios 12:4


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