Power Salad with Avocado, Chickpeas and Feta

I’ve spent the last month getting myself back on the healthy eating train. I think I’ve eaten enough lettuce salads to put any rabbit to shame. True. Story. I enjoy a good salad now and again because they are packed full of nutrients but after eating them for one month straight, it’s time for a change.

I love that this Avocado Chickpea Salad combines two of my favorite foods: avocados and chickpeas. I’ve always had a healthy obsession with avocados but chickpeas are pretty new to me. Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and fiber as well as vitamin B-6, iron and magnesium. Combine all of those good things with the healthy fats found in avocados and you’ve got yourself the perfect lunch.

 I’ve been doing a lot of meal prep on Sunday to help keep me sane during busy weeks. This past Sunday I prepared this salad along with a bag of mixed vegetables for each day to bring to work for lunch and I’ve been really satisfied with how full the combination keeps me. I recommend leaving the lime juice, salt and pepper off of the salad until you’re ready to serve the salad because it breaks down the feta and avocado. I know that it’s all going to the same place but I prefer to keep the flavors separate until I’m ready to eat them! Just put a lime wedge into your lunchbox to squeeze over the top of your salad before eating.

 

 A quick search of the Living Litehouse blog also brought up some other non-lettuce salads that I’m putting in my back pocket: To-Go Thai Peanut Chicken Salad Chickpea, Cucumber and Kale Tomato Cups Sesame Ginger Bok Choy Salad Fennel, Carrot and Olive Oil Salad What are some of your favorite non-lettuce salads?

Avocado Chickpea Salad

Serves 4 | Finish in 15 minutes
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This is a great alternative to a traditional lettuce salad and is packed with protein and nutrients.

Ingredients

1 medium avocado - diced
1 15 oz. can chickpeas drained and rinsed
1/3 cup Simply Artisan Feta Cheese Crumbles
1 tsp. Instantly Fresh Parsley
1 Tbsp. Instantly Fresh Spring Onion
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Place the chickpeas, feta and avocado into a large bowl. Season with parsley and spring onion. Toss gently to combine. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime over the salad along with salt and pepper just before serving.


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