Nutrition is key to a healthy body as well as a healthy mind. Contrary to what many people think, what we put into our body greatly affects not only our physical but also our mental health. This is why this week I decided to share one of my recipes which constitutes a wholesome meal of its own.
Super Healthy Chickpea Salad Recipe (keto, gluten-free)
To eliminate any toxic factors that can cause undesirable side effects (bloating, gas, etc.) and render your pulses, aka legumes, easily digestible, soak them for at least 24 hours (between 24 and 48 hours) changing the water and rinsing them regularly (at least 6 times). In the first soaking, dilute 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in the water and after the first rinsing continue the soaking with plain water.
What you need:
3 cups cooked and drained chickpeas
¼ cup chopped parsley
¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
¼ cup chopped yellow bell pepper
¼ cup chopped orange bell pepper
¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
¼ cup chopped red onion
¾ cup quartered cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons green olives pitted and sliced
½ cup cubed feta cheese
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons greek yogurt
The juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove (minced)
¼ teaspoon cumin
Pink Himalayan salt and crushed pepper (to taste)
How to make it:
In a large bowl, toss together the chickpeas, parsley, the peppers, the onion the tomatoes, the olives and the feta cheese. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients to make the dressing. When the dressing ingredients are well incorporated drizzle it over the salad and toss. Put it in the fridge to keep it fresh and delicious until you serve it. Enjoy!