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June 7, 2013

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Recipe | Simple Summer Dinner

I posted this picture of my dinner on instagram yesterday, and lots of people emailed or commented for the recipes. This dinner (salad and chickpeas) was always a common one growing up, and I’ve brought the tradition with me to my new family. Lucky me, Joe loves it, and is perfectly content eating just salad and chickpeas for dinner. They pair together so nicely, and it’s an incredibly satisfying meal.

I usually make my caesar salad, but recently, I’ve been using fresh kale and chard from the garden, and making a quick dressing. Just the juice from half of a lemon, extra virgin olive oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, and s&p to taste. I like my salad a bit on the lemony side, so I mix the dressing up in a small bowl and keep adjusting amounts of lemon and oil until it’s tasty (sorry, I don’t usually measure it). If I have cheese and tomatoes on hand, I top the greens with them. One thing to note with kale – you really want to toss the salad with the dressing well…the more you coat the kale, the more tender it becomes!

Then, for the chickpeas, I lightly fry them in extra virgin olive oil and miscellaneous seasonings. Usually, it’s sliced garlic and salt and pepper. Sometimes I’ll add herbs (like rosemary or thyme). Enjoy separately or on top of the salad!

Do you have a simple default dinner? I’d love some new ideas, especially since this little girl is about to join us any day and simple-to-prepare meals will be wonderful!

  1. I make pasta several times a week – it's so easy to spice up that it's a go to in our home. A lot of time I mix Italian dressing, sliced olives, cut up peppers & tomatoes cut in half. Add chicken and you have a simple, healthy meal!

    Margeaux
    margeauxknight.blogspot.com

  2. Erin says:

    We have been eating large kale salads a few times a week. This is probably our latest favorite…

    http://anappetiteforcolor.com/2013/05/21/nourishment-for-the-dreamers/

    I learned to massage my kale for about 5-7 minutes with a little olive oil and it breaks down, making it soft and WAY more enjoyable. My 16 month old even eats it after it is massaged. This makes me really happy:) Plus you loose some volume and are able to eat way more kale. It really makes all the difference. Then I toss everything in a dressing.

  3. Jana Miller says:

    My husband the meat eater would be looking for meat..looks yummy to me though!
    Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering

  4. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. I'm vegetarian and I'm definitely going to try it! A super easy salad that was part of my growing up: sliced tomatoes and onion, fresh parsley, olive oil and salt. It's better if you don't use a fork, but mop up the sauce and the slices from the plate with a piece of bread 🙂

  5. Rebekka says:

    Chickpeas and salad for me too! I haven't fried them though…I usually toss them with olive oil and parmesan and lemon. This sounds fabulous!

  6. Jeanette says:

    Chickpeas are wonderful. My go to meal is what my family calls "Poor Man's Spaghetti." Whole wheat spaghetti, olive oil, garlic, grated parm, and s&p. Add an easy veg, and dinner is ready in less than 30 min!

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