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. 🙂  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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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

Greek Lentil Salad

Greek Lentil Salad

Being Greek, I guess you can imagine I’ve had my fair share of Greek salads growing up.  I always loved the combination of fresh tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, salty olives and creamy feta.  It’s a staple at my mom’s house even today.  Today I am giving this classic salad a twist, and combining it with lentils.  This boosts the protein content, and makes it a filling meal for lunch or dinner.

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This meal went over really well with my son as well.  It’s funny, he started eating olives as a toddler and I found it a strange liking for a boy his age.  My father is from Kalamata, and he still has family living there, including his brother.  To this day, my family in Greece grows Kalamata olives and ships them to Canada for us.  We are so spoiled, because seriously, I have never tasted better quality cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil.  We love drizzling it on fresh vegetable salads!

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This is a great summer salad that is really simple to whip up.  If you’re really short on time, you can use organic canned lentils instead of dried. It is essential, however, that you use fresh herbs! It gives great flavour to the feta and the rest of the salad.  I used garden oregano here, as my little garden is GROWING! Woohoo!

 You can also easily veganize this salad by either omitting the feta or making a plant-based feta such as this one from Happy Herbivore.

Greek Lentil Salad

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup du Puy lentils
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced then halved
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, halved and pitted
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 8 ounces organic feta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place the lentils in a saucepan with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Strain and set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, olives, oregano, feta, salt, pepper, and cooled lentils. Top with olive oil. Stir gently to combine.
  3. Place in the refrigerator to chill before serving.
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Greek Lentil Salad

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Grilled Corn Salad With Black Beans + Cilantro

Who loves summer salads?  We’re having a different one practically every night over at my place.  This salad especially screams summer, with juicy corn on the cob grown locally and picked up at our farmer’s market to the refreshing lemony, cilantro and other fresh ingredients.  This salad has a nice punch of spice thanks to the jalapeño, and I actually used three, but I really enjoy (extra) spicy food, so I suggested you use two in the recipe.

Grilled Corn Salad With Black Beans + Cilantro Recipe

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 ears of corn, shucked and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, washed and diced
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeds removed, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.  Place corn on grill and allow it to grill on all sides, about 10 minutes in total.  When you see charred barbeque marks, it’s good to go.

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  • Allow corn to cool enough to handle and in the meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine bell pepper, black beans, and jalapeño.
  • Slice the corn kernels off of the cob, and add them to the bowl.

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  • Top with lemon and lime juices and olive oil.  Add salt and pepper, mix, and taste.  Adjust flavouring with either more salt and pepper or more lime/lemon juice, or if you’re like me, an extra jalapeño pepper.

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  • Enjoy!