Salad with Green Beans and Chickpeas
Spring is upon us, and this means longer days, sunshine, and fresh salad for dinner. During spring and summer I get an urge to eat the colours of the rainbow. In reality we try to live by this during all seasons (read here) at home, but it it easier in the “bright” half of the year. Additionally, eating all the colours will help you keep a good balance of vitamins and minerals.
600 g of vegetables every day ladies!
Other than salad being delicious it helps us eat the recommended 600 g of greens every day. In Denmark the average female eats only around 400 g, and men eat even less (source: FitLiving). Adding salad to your dinner will help you incorporate this health-recommendation in your daily routine. Also, many people seem to think that the “greens” are boring for dinner, but add some dressing and feta cheese and it is far from it.
- 200 g fresh green beans
- 1/2 can of feta (150 g)
- 1/2 can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- A big handful of sunflower seeds
- 1/2 red onion
- 5-10 cherry tomates
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 handful parsley
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 lemon squeezed (the juice)
- Salt, peber, cumin
- Extra: Strawberries
- Lay the fresh green beans in boiling water for a few minutes
- Roast the sunflower seeds on a pan (dry roast)
- Chop all veggies and fruit in desired sizes
- Drain chickpeas and feta
- Mix in a bowl
- To make the dressing combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt, peber, and cumin
- Spread over the salad and mix
- Top with parsley
This amount of salad was enough for 2 people for 1 dinner side. You can serve this salad with almost any meat, or without any at all. We had this with fish cakes (salmon), and it was delicious. Altogether, I can only recommend this side-dish. If you are feeling immensely cheeky you could serve it with a cold glass of white wine… It is spring/summer after all is it not?
Anyway, I hope you try this out and like it. If you have any tips or tricks on filling salads fill me in. We are on a salad kick at home, and we are trying to not make them the usual boring ones.