One cool chick (pea)… Chickpea, feta and cherry tomato salad

 

By Abigail Broderdorf

Is it a garbanzo bean or chickpea? No matter what you call it, there is no disputing what you can call its nutritional benefits: healthy!

Chickpeas are naturally low in fat and high in dietary fiber, helping you control your appetite and stay feeling full for longer periods of time. When paired with a whole-grain, such as brown rice, they provide the amount of protein comparable to that of meat without the high calories or fat.

Chickpeas have a nutlike taste and a slightly starchy texture. Paired with tart feta cheese and sweet cherry tomatoes, this salad comes together quickly and is sure to leave you satisfied.

Ingredients:

· 1/4 cup canned chickpeas

· 1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes

· 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

· 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

· 2 teaspoons olive oil

· 1 teaspoon dried oregano

· 1/8 teaspoon salt

· Ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Rinse and drain chickpeas.

2. In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, tomatoes and feta cheese.

3. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper.

4. Pour dressing over chickpea mixture and stir.

Serves: 1

Source:  Martha Stewart

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