Happy Friday! This short work week really flew by. I’m currently working on a vegan recipe assignment for a magazine that’s due this week and will be published in September. I’m excited to share it with you! I’m testing & writing recipes this afternoon so hopefully no disasters/small kitchen fires/flops occur… ;)
You know what I love when things are busy? Quick lunches that can be thrown together in just minutes. When I returned from a hot yoga class yesterday, I wanted something ready in 10 minutes. It was either that, or I was going to scarf a pint of Coconut Bliss. I came across a delicious looking chickpea salad recipe on Heather’s blog and I knew it would be right up my alley.
This salad did not disappoint!
Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad
Adapted from Heather.
Yield: 1-2 servings.
- One 15-oz can chickpeas (2 cups cooked), drained and rinsed
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/4 cup sweet onion, chopped finely
- Juice from 1.5 limes
- 3/4 cup fresh Cilantro
- 1/2 tsp sugar (or to taste)
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt + ground pepper
1. In a food processor, add the spinach and pulse a few times until chopped very small. Add the processed spinach, drained chickpeas, and chopped onion into a large bowl.
2. In the food processor (no need to rinse the bowl!), add the lime juice, cilantro, mustard, sugar, garlic, cumin, and oil. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
3. Pour the dressing on top of the spinach chickpea mixture and stir well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let stand for about 10 minutes to let the flavours develop (optional- I didn’t!). Serve over a bed of grains, like brown rice. Serves 1-2.
Note: The dressing has quite a bite to it, thanks to the lime and oil that I cut down, so please feel free to adjust the dressing to your taste buds preference! You may want more oil, less lime, etc.
Some changes I made:
- cut down the oil by over half
- increased the Cilantro
- added some cumin spice
- reduced sugar
- slightly reduced lime
It was enjoyed over a bed of leftover brown rice…a great combo! I also doubled the recipe I posted above because Eric was home for lunch too.
The dressing has quite a bite to it, thanks to the lime and lack of oil, so please feel free to adjust the dressing to your taste buds liking. We thought it was quite refreshing and I love that it packs in spinach greens too.
If you aren’t a Cilantro fan, you could always experiment with other herbs (parsley could be fun!), but I must say the Cilantro-lime combo is a dream to my taste buds. Thanks Heather for a great recipe!
The Great Sweat-Wicking Workout Wear Debate
Lately, the workout tanks that I’ve been wearing to Hot Yoga have left me feeling like a wet sponge!
They just aren’t working for me and by the end of class my shirt is a sopping puddle of sweat sticking to my skin (great visual, I know). This prompted me to ask on Twitter what your favourite sweat-wicking workout tops are.
Here are some of the responses that I received:
- Lululemon Scoop Neck tank
- Nike Racer back
- Target workout tops
- Lululemon Power Y Tank (very popular)
- Shakti tanks
- Lululemon Modern Racer Tank
I’m definitely going to check some of these out. :)
Do you have any favourite workout clothes that wick sweat and breathe well?
Fantastic recipe! I am SOOOO gonna do this – and I am betting it’ll be my very mostest new fave! :D
Just made this! It is so delicious, even my cilantro hating boyfriend admitted to liking it. Definitely a recipe I’ll be revisiting!
LOVE this recipe! All I did was typed in the ingredients I had and VOILA! It brought me straight to this easy and delish recipe :) Thanks!
I tried this last week and loved it – a great lunch food that lasts for a few days :) thanks for sharing!
Simple and super yummy!! I will definitely make this again!
I just had this for lunch and it is absolutely delicious! Things I changed:
* used kale instead of spinach
* 1 tsp (rather than 2) of mustard.
Thanks for posting this!
This LOOKS delisious but I’m one of the people who hate hate hate cilantro (corriander). But I love citrus flavoured dressings so I’m thinking adding basil or parsley (as you mentionned) instead of the evil cilantro. It’s definetly a great way to get more spinach into my diet. I might try it tonight and see how it turns out :)
Great recipe, an ingredient that I really love. Hummus
I love those wooden bowls, where can I find some?
probably not what you want to hear, but I think I got them from a garage sale! ;)
Isn’t that often the best way!
This recipe is amazing and so easy to do!! I’ve made it several times and have given the recipe to several friends. The combination of the cilantro, garbanzo beans, spinach and cumin is wonderful. I’ve been making it with red onion lately and usually serve it over brown rice…YUM!! Thank you so much!
This is so good. I love chickpeas and all the other ingredients. I did add chopped celery for added crunch and chopped my spinach fine. I had to double the recipe it is that good after a taste.
I made this using quinoa, was super good!
I’ve been making your recipes for months, and this one looks amazing! Question though – any suggestions for food pairings other than rice? Just curious if you have made this with other sides. Thanks!
This is my go-to summer salad; it gets rave reviews every time I make it! A cilantro- and chickpea-lover’s dream!! Thank you!
Looks like this chickpea company took your photo and used the recipe word for word. Hope you granted them permission!
Try Lucy or Orange Theory workout wear for yoga.
Thanks for this fantastic recipe! Cilantro and chickpea are the gateway foods for my non vegetable eating boyfriend to happily, willingly consume spinach. No compromises here, everyone’s happy!
I’m glad everyone enjoys the recipe, Carlie! (Spinach included!)
I have been looking all over the internet today to find a recipe to use up all my cilantro,
I came across this recipe of yours, and I found it again on another website!
I don’t know if you allowed them to use it or what, but they didn’t credit you, so I just wanted to let you know it’s on there, because I would want to know if someone else was sharing my recipes.
Thanks for letting me know Lauren!