Chickpea Feta Salad

Chickpea Feta Salad - With a good explanation of why we need beans and probiotics! #cleaneating

Chickpea Feta Salad - With a good explanation of why we need beans and probiotics! #cleaneating

If you’ve been reading our posts for a while you have probably heard us say that we try to add beans into our daily diets (like Meatless Monday Chickpeas). You’ve probably also noticed that we often have an emphasis on probiotics (like in our Last Minute Potato Salad). Why would we do this? That’s exactly what we want to talk to you about today!

You’ve probably heard the quote by Hippocrates “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” After years of trying all kinds of approaches to nutrition and health (you can read some of our story here) we are very firm believers in this theory.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

According to Dr. Axe some of the reported benefits of chickpeas are:

They help control blood sugar levels

Increase satiety and help with weight loss

Are high in fiber

Improve digestion

Help protect against heart disease

Help protect against cancer

Provide essential vitamins and minerals

A great source of protein

It is becoming well known that probiotics are critical to brain and emotional health, gut health and immune function. Dr. Mercola has a couple of fantastic articles that go more in depth to help us understand how critical probiotics are in every meal.

How You Gut Influences Your Emotional Health

How to “Culture” Your Way to Optimal Health

After researching over the years we have come to realize that everyone wants these good benefits so why not get them in our food? It’s so much cheaper and easy once you get the hang of it.

With this in mind our Chickpea Feta Salad has a fantastic combination of healthy ingredients. We use some of the juice from Bubbies Sauerkraut (you can use any of your favorite fermented sauerkraut) in the dressing for the probiotics. Then you have the vinegar which aids digestion, onion which boosts the immune system, olive oil for your healthy fat, cucumber as a green veggie and of course the chickpeas.

To be perfectly honest the very best part about this salad is that it is mouthwateringly delicious! If healthy food doesn’t taste good who wants to eat it anyway?? 😉

Chickpea Feta Salad

Ingredients

Directions

To make the dressing combine balsamic vinegar, Bubbies Sauerkraut juice, olive oil, grated garlic, Real Salt and pepper in a mason jar. Shake well. To assemble salad, place all ingredients except cheese and dressing into large bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad and stir gently to combine. When ready to serve sprinkle feta over each serving.

When cooking chickpeas, we like to use our Instant Pot pressure cooker. It’s quick easy to clean up and they taste delicious. To cook chickpeas, cover with water and soak overnight. Drain and rinse. Add chickpeas to Instant Pot and just barely with water. Cook at high pressure according to pressure cooker instructions. We cook ours for 58 minutes.

What is your favorite healthy food?

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4 Comment

  1. Joanne says: Reply

    Love the dressing on this… AND the chickpeas! Such a great salad.

    1. Easy Peasy Life Matters Easy Peasy Life Matters says: Reply

      I know right?! Chickpeas are the best

  2. I agree re: nutrition and health qualities! As for your recipe – pretty much what I make as my quick throw together chickpea salad – except for the juice, not sure what that is!! 😉

    1. Easy Peasy Life Matters Easy Peasy Life Matters says: Reply

      Yeah we love how fast it is to whip up! It’s super nice 🙂

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