I am such a sucker for falafel. It’s one of my favorite foods (if you are keeping count I have a lot of favorites, clearly I really love food). Over the weekend we walked passed by a falafel place and then I couldn’t get falafel out of my brain. Did I mention I love food? I really do.
I have always been really passionate about food. When I was in middle school I used to cook for my friends. And before I could drive if I had a hankering for something, I would just cook it. Like one day I wanted doughnuts, so I hauled out the Joy of Cooking from my Mom’s cookbook stash and made some cinnamon doughnuts. I actually never realized that was weird until I got a little older and realized not everyone would spend all day making food for fun.
Even when I was doing it professionally, I would come home from baking all day, and still loved to go into the kitchen to cook up some food or make a treat.
That eventually evolved for me into a passion for healthy food, but I still love food, maybe even more now. I think once I started learning about how amazing some foods are for you, and paying attention to how different foods made me feel, it became very natural to eat the way I do now. And paying attention to the whole picture of food has led me to enjoy it more, especially the healthy stuff, which I totally think tastes the best.
That was quite a tangent that I did not mean to go on!! Should we talk about falafel some more? I’m going with yes…
One of the best things about coming up with super quick and easy recipes (which is always my focus) is that I can take some of my favorite dishes and have a version that I can make no matter how tired I am, or how constrained I am by the amount of time I actually have to cook dinner. So this salad takes all the flavors of falafel and turns it into a super healthy 10 minute meal. That’s a winning kind of dish in my book!!
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.
- 2 tablespoons Tahini (sesame seed butter)
- ¼ cup Lemon Juice (about 1 lemon)
- ¼ teaspoon Corriander
- ¼ teaspoon Cumin
- 1 clove of Garlic (minced or pressed through a garlic press)
- 1¾ cups cooked Chickpeas (1 15 oz can drained and rinsed)
- 1 Cucumber (diced)
- 3 Green Onions (sliced)
- 1 cup Tomatoes (chopped, I used grape, but any tomato chopped is perfect!)
- 1 tablespoon Parsley (packed tight)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a medium bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients until well combined
- Add all the salad ingredients on top
- Toss to dress
- Taste, add salt and pepper to your liking
- Serve and enjoy!!!