Summer Chickpea Salad with Chive Blossom Vinaigrette

Summer Chickpea Salad 

Hello all!  I hope you have been enjoying your summer.  It’s been beautiful in Montreal, and with the summer season being so short, I’ve been spending much less time behind the computer screen and more time camping, picnicking, playing in the park, and running through sprinklers with my boy.  So I hope you understand my slight absence from here. ๐Ÿ™‚  And I hope you’ve been eating great nonetheless!  We just came back from a week of camping (and a bit of indulging on vegan sausages and campfire marhsmallows) so we’re back on track and feeling great – energizing with green smoothies and plant-based, whole meals.  When we returned, my chive blossom vinegar that I’ve been working on was vibrant, aromatic and ready to be used!  If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the life cycle of the vinegar, starting off with chive flowers from the garden mixed with white wine vinegar and canned for a couple of weeks. The process is so simple, and then you are left with a delicious vinegar to add to your summer salads.  I just love the colour so much, too!

The first salad the chive blossom vinaigrette was paired with is this summer chickpea salad.  It’s probably one of the easiest salads you can whip up, and the ingredients are filled with protein and nutrients.  My son would not stop saying how delicious it was, so when your five year old is happy, I think it’s worth sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll get straight to the vinegar recipe, and then the chickpea salad recipe below.  Enjoy, everyone, and have a happy Monday. 

I also wanted to mention that I have a great giveaway coming up for a bag of Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics.  I just received mine and I’ve been busy making smoothies and such and they were very generous in offering one lucky ready a free bag and free shipping as well (it’s sold exclusively on Amazon).  So, come back soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for reading,

Sophia xx

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Chive Blossom Vinegar
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups chive blossoms, stems discarded
  2. 1 1/2 cups white wine vinegar
Instructions
  1. Place the flowers in a large bowl of cold water and swish them around to remove any dirt or bugs. Pour the flowers into a colander and strain the excess water.
  2. Place the flowers into a mason jar. Pour the vinegar into the jar just enough to submerge the flowers. Place a small piece of parchment paper over the jar, then close the jar with the lid. You don't want the vinegar to come in contact with the metal as it will change the flavour of your vinegar.
  3. Allow the vinegar to steep for a minimum of 2 weeks, the longer the better. (The one pictured here was steeped for 1 month). Place the jar in a cool, dark place and allow it to brew.
  4. When the vinegar has brewed, pour it through a fine sieve into a glass bottle, and discard the flowers.
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 Summer Chickpea Salad

Summer Chickpea Salad with Chive Blossom Vinaigrette
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Ingredients
  1. 1 - 19oz can organic chickpeas
  2. 4 lebanese cucumbers - chopped
  3. 2 small red bell peppers - chopped
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  5. 1 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds
  6. 1/4 cup pepita seeds
  7. Vinaigrette
  8. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  9. juice of half a lemon
  10. 4 tablespoons chive blossom vinegar (see recipe in post above)
  11. 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  12. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  13. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients into a jar, cover, and shake vigorously to combine all ingredients.
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Summer Chickpea Salad

5 Minute Hot Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

I must admit, I rarely have more than five minutes to prepare breakfast for myself most mornings.  Weekdays usually consist of scurrying out of the house with either a breakfast smoothie or coffee to go.  When I do have an extra few minutes, I love having this warming quinoa cereal which literally takes five minutes to prepare.  Most of us are accustomed to having quinoa as a savoury dish, but this wonderful, protein rich grain is excellent for breakfast.
Take an extra few minutes for yourself this morning, I sure did.

5 Minute Hot Quinoa Breakfast Cereal
Serves 1
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Cook Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup organic quinoa flakes
  2. 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or water, or other non-dairy beverage of your choice)
  3. 1/4 cup blueberries
  4. 1/4 cup bananas, sliced
  5. 1 teaspoon raw shelled hemp seeds
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. 1 tablespoon almond slices
  8. a drizzle of agave nectar
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over high heat, heat almond milk. Once itโ€™s at a boil, add quinoa flakes, turn down heat and cover.
  2. Wait one minute then spoon into a bowl.
  3. Top with blueberries and bananas. Then sprinkle the almonds, hemp seeds, and nutmeg over top finishing with a drizzle of agave nectar.
  4. Sit back and enjoy!
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Quinoa Flakes

Hot Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

 

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