Mint & Apple Chickpea Salad

Mint & Apple Chickpea Salad

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The ingredients for this salad came together based on what I had on hand, including the first two crops ready for harvest in our garden: mint and green onions. Yay for homegrown food!

We had also picked up some “real” tomatoes from the farmers market earlier this week, so I threw them in there too. All the flavors mingled together very nicely.

Tossed with pureed avocado (my favorite base for a salad dressing), this little concoction was surprisingly good!

It’s like a minty, beany, pasta salad!

Mint & Apple Chickpea Salad

makes about  3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 red apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 15 oz. can of chickpeas, well drained and rinsed
  • 2 medium sized fresh tomatoes, the quality of the tomato really makes the salad, so aim high!
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • about 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar- depending on brand & age (ahem..cost) you may need less. I used Fini brand
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp brown rice syrup
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 avocado, pureed in food processor or very, very well mashed
  • salt to taste

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Directions:

Slice the apples and place into a large bowl.  Immediately squeeze lemon juice onto the apple slices. Add in chickpeas, and all other ingredients except for tomatoes and pureed avocado. Toss to coat everything well, and then mix in pureed avocado. Gently fold in tomatoes. Sprinkle on salt to your liking.

Cover and let chill in fridge about 2 hours (or more). Serve cold. :)

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8 Responses to Mint & Apple Chickpea Salad

  1. Jes says:

    What a beautiful summer side! I love the mint & apple combo–so fresh!

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  3. Rose says:

    This really a beautiful salad and a wonderful combination.

  4. Lisa says:

    Yum Allyson! This looks amazing! I’m definitely going to try it – I love the incorporation of fruit into salads!! My favourite combination is a salad of orange slices,watercress and rocket, with thinly sliced fennel, olive oil and crushed cardamom seeds. Lisa :)

  5. Katrina says:

    What an awesome idea! The ingredients you used are super interesting, and I can’t wait to try!

  6. Love the combination here! Looks like a great summer BBQ recipe. Definitely keeping this in mind :)

  7. Ricki says:

    Our yard is currently overflowing with mint, so this couldn’t be more timely! Plus it looks amazing. ;)

  8. julia says:

    tried this tonight, amazing!

    allyson, you really post amazing recipes and i can never get over how beautiful your photography is. you are a very talented lady.

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