I am a cheese ball, and I love puns.  One of my favorite puns is using “chickpeas” in place of “chicken”.  But then I think I might be the only one who gets the joke.  At least I always know one person will be laughing at my jokes (even if it’s just me)!

Apparently curried chicken salad was super trendy in the 80s.  Isn’t it kind of funny that there are food fads?  There are some places that still serve this lovely salad, and I had it for the first time a few years ago (when I was still eating meat).

The flavor combo is something I am not sure I would have done on my own.  Curry and raisins?  Sounds weird.  But its really not, it is delicious!!

I have this weird mental block where I never think I like raisins until I eat them, and then I always love them.  Cinnamon raisin bread?  Delicious.  Waldorf salad?  One of my all time favorites.  And now this one, see I always love raisins!!

When I had it the first time it was served on pumpernickel bread, a favorite of mine.  This time, I had it in a wrap and also just alone for lunch. I really loved it all 3 ways.

Health highlight of chickpeas: Chickpeas are high in antioxidants, and are also an excellent source of manganese, which combined do all sorts of good stuff for you including reducing your risk for heart disease, and protecting your nervous system! They are high in B Vitamins, which also do a range of good stuff in your body, including preventing Alzheimer’s, and promoting new cells (meaning keeping you looking and feeling young!!).  They are also a great source of fiber, which can help regulate your blood sugar, and help you feel fuller faster and longer.  I like to buy this brand, because the texture is unbeatable and the can does not contain BPAs.

 

Curried Chickpea Salad
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2-4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Plain Yogurt (I used non-dairy)
  • 1 tablespoon Curry Powder
  • 1 tablespoon White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 (15 oz) can Chickpeas (1 ¾ cups) – drained and rinsed
  • 2 ribs Celery (diced)
  • ¼ cup Raisins
  • ¼ cup Raw Cashews
  • Salt – to taste
  • Wrap or Bread – optional, to serve
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl add the yogurt, curry powder, and balsamic and mix well
  2. Add the chickpeas, celery, raisins, cashews, and salt and mix to coat in dressing
  3. Taste for seasoning, adjust if necessary
  4. Grab a fork and enjoy!!!!!!!
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