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Chickpea and Fresh Basil Salad

The warm days are supposedly leaving us, and crisp cool days are around the corner, but we’re still in time to prepare this salad. This is a really easy and fresh salad, perfect for outdoorsy summer days and it’s also a convenient make ahead recipe, you can prepare it the night before and it will taste even better!  Aside from being delicious and fresh this is a very healthy dish.  Truthfully, I didn’t make it because it is healthy, but my husband asked me if there is a nutritional benefit to eating chickpeas, so I looked it up.

I found out that these legumes are high in fiber, so it’s a great aid to our digestive system and it is also very beneficial for people looking to include foods that help improve their cardiovascular health.  As little as ¾ cup of chickpeas per day can help lower our LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides in a one-month period of time.

With that in mind, I will definitely try to prepare chickpeas more regularly at home and I’ll be on the lookout for more recipes, so you can try them too.

Helga

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Warm Apple Salad

All through the year, we’ve been eating salads a lot. I’m always trying to find new ingredients, or new ways to use common ingredients to try to make my salads a little bit more interesting.  I saw a photo of a salad, and on the caption it read “warm apple salad”.  I didn’t even read the recipe, and I can’t remember where I saw it, probably on Pinterest. But I was inspired to try my own version, putting together a few ingredients.  I’ve already made it several times after that. A simple grilled apple and some nuts give so much flavor to mixed greens.  I whipped up a vinaigrette with a little mustard and honey, which I think is the perfect pairing for apples and almonds in a salad. This is not only pumpkin season, but apple season as well… so take advantage, you won’t regret it, I promise… and you’ll make it in a flash.

Helga

Warm Apple Salad

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Chicken, Blueberry & Mozzarella Salad

I absolutely love Mondays after the Sunday’s Farmers Market. On the second and last Sunday of every month, Saúl Farmers Market opens its doors. The second Sunday, at Miraflores, and the last Sunday at Paseo Cayalá. This is a great event, where merchants from all over gather to offer the best: from handmade goods to produce… you have it all. It just so happens, that with Helga we decided to make a fun day out of it. We got together for breakfast, along with Kiki, Helga’s mom and sister, and then we went to the Farmers Market to get some goodies and paid a visit to my mom, who had a stand there.

We were excited, mostly because we were going to get some fresh blueberries. There’s plenty of production here, but most of them are for exporting to the U.S., and at the Farmers Market, there’s a family that sells great produce: blueberries, raspberries, zucchini and mushrooms. Both Helga and myself got some blueberries, and I also picked up some coconut oil and fresh mozzarella. The next day, when the time to grab some lunch came around, I got the idea for a fresh blueberry salad, so here is a Foodies’ Original – with tons of flavor!

Hope you like it as much as I did!

Kitty

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Shaved Cucumber Salad

Sometimes you just need to vary the way you cut a vegetable to give it a whole new presentation and completely change the look of a familiar dish, like regular cucumber salad.  Instead of slicing down on a fresh cucumber I used a peeler to shave along its length to form ribbons.

I suggest you serve your salad immediately, so the cucumber doesn’t lose its “crispness”… is that a word?   Also, toss it with your favorite dressing when you’re ready to eat.   My favorite dressing to use with cucumbers is a basic yogurt mixture, you’ll find the recipe below.

Helga

Shaved Cucumber Salad

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