Lunch boxes

Taking a lunch box to school or work can be much healthier than buying meals and unhealthy snacks every day.

Vegetarian chickpea salad

Serves 4

Chickpeas, not only add protein and high-fibre starch to the salad, but a delicious texture as well. No cooking is required, making it ideal to prepare for a lunch box, especially when you are in a hurry.

Ingredients

Chicken

2 medium tomatoes, cubed

¼ cucumber, cubed

2 medium carrots, quartered and sliced

1 slice feta, cubed

2 x 410 g tins chickpeas or beans of your choice, drained and rinsed

1 avocado, cubed (when in season)

Salad dressing

1 tbsp (15 ml) red or white grape vinegar

2 tbsp (30 ml) canola or olive oil

1 tsp (5 ml) dried or 2 tsp (10 ml) fresh thyme leaves

½ tsp (2,5 ml) ground cumin

½ tsp (2,5 ml) sugar

¼ tsp (1,2 ml) salt

lemon juice and black pepper to taste

Method

  1. Mix all the salad ingredients together.
  2. Salad dressing: Mix all the ingredients together and season with lemon juice and pepper.
  3. Toss dressing through the salad. Keep the avocado separate and cut just before eating. Enjoy as a light vegetarian meal or as lunch at work. Pack a portion of fruit for a more filling lunch, and some nuts for a snack.

Tips

  1. For a different flavour, use orange juice instead of the vinegar in the salad dressing. Leave out the sugar.
  2. This salad will be delicious with herbs like mint, coriander and parsley. Add fresh leaves to the salad just before serving.
  3. Beans like red kidney beans, butter beans and cannellini beans work well in this dish. Use a combination of beans and chickpeas or just beans, if preferred.

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