Monday, September 14, 2009

Chickpea Broccoli Salad

This salad is a healthier version of the more well known broccoli salad which usually involves cheddar cheese, bacon, red onion and a sugar-sweetened mayo dressing. Me being me, though, I naturally like to take what other people think is a good thing and fu -- change it up a bit.

This salad has no added sugar and is not doused with exorbitant amounts of mayo, which is one of my biggest peeves. See, I have this thing with mayonnaise. It tends to disgust me in ways I can't really explain. I don't like touching it or looking at it or smelling it, even though I enjoy it in food, except in globular, massive amounts, which Subway employees, no matter how you phrase it to them (not a lot of mayonnaise -- just a BIT - a TEENY - SMALL -- WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU ARE YOU EDUCATED), always seem to put on your sandwich.

But, back to the salad. Like I said, not a whole lot of dressing, but I find the raisins add wonderful bursts of flavour and sweetness that make up for the lack of sugar and dolloping of mayo. Feel free to adjust the amount to your own tastes, though!

Chickpea Broccoli Salad
1 small - med. Head of Broccoli
1/3 - 1/2 cup Chickpeas
1 heaping tbsp. Finely Chopped Raw Almonds
1/4 cup Raisins
1/4 - 1/3 cup Barley (or whole grain of your choice)

1 - 2 tbsp. Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1 tbsp. White Vinegar

Chop the broccoli into small, bite-size pieces and set aside.

Finely chop the raw almonds.

Toss the chopped broccoli and almonds with the chickpeas, raisins and barley in a bowl.

Add your desired amounts of mayonnaise and vinegar to the salad and mix until well-incorporated. Adjust according to taste.


Sunflower or Pumpkin Seeds instead of Almonds
Cranberries instead of Raisins
Navy Beans instead of Chickpeas
Add in Celery for an extra crunch
Omit the barley or whole grain of your choice if you want a lighter side dish

Play with it, there are endless possibilities!

1 comment:

  1. I find that if you tell a Subway employee "no mayonaisse" then you just get a little bit, because they can't help but sneak some mayo in a sandwich. I think they get fired if they don't.

    Nice blog, Liz. I didn't actually realize that it was a blog until now. Silly me!

    I see you have a bit of an obsession with chick peas that could be comparable to my obsession with black beans. And I like to put corn in everything, supposedly, I've been told...ahem.