Spinach, Artichoke, and Chickpea Salad
A feast of color and texture, this salad of baby spinach, embellished with other colorful veggies, is quick to prepare and a pleasure to serve. Serve it in larger portions as a main-dish salad, or in smaller portions as a substantial side salad. Delicious served with a pureed vegetable soup and some fresh bread.
Serves: 4 to 6
- 6- to 8-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts
- 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
- 1/2 cup oil-cured black olives, such as Kalamata
- 15- to 16-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
(or about 1 1/2 cups cooked)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half, or other small tomato, quartered
- 1/2 cup grated carrots or halved baby carrots
- 1 medium green or yellow bell pepper, cut into narrow strips
- 2 to 3 big handfuls baby spinach
- 2 to 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Lemon juice, to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a serving bowl and toss well. Serve at once.
- Substitute arugula and/or mixed baby greens for all or part of the spinach.
- Toss in some hemp seeds for extra protein and omegas.