Well, we’re finally back home. After an amazing time away we’re back to the routine! Yippieee!!!! Kids in school, adults back to work, lunch boxes, meal planning (I’m working on it and I hope to publish the first post soon).
This chickpea salad is a super easy peasy salad we ate often when we were in Spain. My kids call it “Grandpa’s chickpea salad” because my dad likes it… Not very sophisticated but that’s the true story…
With just 4 ingredients (chickpeas, tomatoes, deli turkey breast and olive oil) you have a meal ready in no time that can save you from one of those I-don’t-want-to-cook or I-have-nothing-ready-for-dinner-and-it’s-way-too-late-to-cook!
Plus, this chickpea salad is super healthy and nutritious!! Chickpeas are rich in protein, folate, fiber, iron, phosphorus and “the good fat” (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids). And they have a low glycemic index and low glycemic load which helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, which is especially important for people with type 2 diabetes. Tomatoes are a good source of fiber, vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, E and K, and contain several antioxidants such as lycopene and beta-carotene. The deli turkey breast might not be the healthiest ingredient of all, but when eaten in moderation is the “healthiest” of the deli meats and it adds some more protein to the salad.
You can play with the ingredients and add cheese, substitute the turkey breast for ham if you prefer, or change the tomatoes for cucumber which is what I did this morning when I realized that it was my kids’ lunch and we had used all our tomatoes last night for our salad!!