The Vegan Month of Food is flying by this year. It has really been nice having it a month earlier than the past two years and having the opportunity to prepare more summery dishes. It especially worked for my theme, Dad Say’s It’s Toxic. I know people do raw year round, it just seems the perfect cuisine for hot weather.
Okay, so prior to the chickpeas I had never sprouted and had no idea how much they would grow. I sprouted entirely too many. While I tried to figure out what to do with them I remembered that once many years ago I had tried a salad at a Mediterranean restaurant that I really enjoyed made of chickpeas and green beans. This salad would be perfect because we had green beans that needed to be used.
It had been a long while since tasting it and I didn’t know the name of the dish to look up a recipe, but I knew it had a vinegar base blended with a citrus flavor. I distinctly remember the parsley because years ago this was not my favorite flavor and I was really fearful that it was going to ruin the salad for me. I also remembered that it had cucumber that made it really refreshing. In the original salad, the green beans had been slightly steamed. I decided to keep them raw.
This salad came out delicious and paired well with the Chunky Gazpacho Soup. Dad was thankful to have such a refreshing lunch on a hot day. By the way, sprouted beans are my new favorite thing. They are a taste sensation that is completely new to my palate. I am not so sure my mom likes them.
I will say right now that I am not sure if olives are raw but Dad does not find them toxic so I used them.
4 cups sprouted chickpeas
30 green beans french cut (see video below) I then cut in thirds so they were bite size
2 cups diced tomatoes
1 small cucumber peeled and diced
1 small red onions diced (approximately 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives
1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup parsley chopped
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
Juice of one lemon
juice of one orange
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 cloves garlic pressed
1/4 tsp Hungarian paprika
Put all ingredients from chickpeas to parsley in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over other ingredients and mix well. May be served immediately.
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