Mini Heirloom Tomato and Chick Pea Salad

by jerseygirl on April 11, 2014 · 8 comments

DSC_0690I think I am finally seeing the faint light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a really tough winter in NJ. Between the snow storms, frigid windy weather and now dreary, rainy days, we are finally getting a nice weekend.  Spring break for my kids starts at 3pm today and everyone is happy.

Everyone except my bathing suits and shorts. They are still locked away waiting to come out. I really don’t think the bathing suits will be coming out anytime soon. I have been either at the gym or power walking almost every day this week but that is not enough for all the comfort food I ate all winter. I will continue to exercise and pray that when the time comes, my summer clothes will still fit me. So right now I am also eating a lot of salads especially during the week.

This tomato and chick pea salad is perfect for a quick lunch. The chick peas provide plenty of protein and fiber to keep you full until dinnertime. I love these pretty tomatoes that I purchase several times a week at Trader Joes. They are not Jersey tomatoes but keep me very happy until summer when I can start picking my own home grown tomatoes or purchasing juicy ripe ones from some of the local farms.

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I make a big batch of this salad and my lunch is set for a few days. Here are a few other great salads I have been eating in case you are getting ready for bathing suit season too.

Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

Spinach Salad with Grapes, Blue Cheese and Almonds 

Greek Shrimp and Artichoke Salad

Happy weekend!

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Mini Heirloom Tomato and Chick Pea Salad
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Recipe type: salad
Cuisine: light and healthy
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Serves: 4 to 6
 
An easy salad perfect as a side dish or lunch.
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 16 ounces baby heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • the juice from one medium sized lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl, mix together chick peas, tomatoes and parsley.
  2. Drizzle the oil and lemon juice over the salad.
  3. Mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

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Carol at Wild Goose Tea April 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Helloooooooooooo Spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a cheery salad, especially for those of us who are gardeners and have just been wondering—-Dare I put tomatoes out yet? Simple and different—-a change of pace over the standard green salads, but just as
easy.

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Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! April 12, 2014 at 8:50 am

Yes, I am totally doing the salad thing too! I can’t even look at my shorts and tank tops, let alone my bathing suit, so I need to get on the ball! This salad looks delicious. I love those tomatoes from Trader Joe’s too…what would we do without Trader Joe’s?!? Pinning this so I can make it soon!

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Adri April 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

What a wonderful welcome to Spring. those little tomatoes are gorgeous, and the simple dressing shows them off to very best effect. Have a great weekend!

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Pam April 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Simple ingredients make the best food. It looks fantastic!

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leslie April 14, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Come down here…we didn’t have winter at all :(

Love this salad, so fresh!

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vanillasugarblog April 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Chick peas are so under-used in my house.
I swear I wait till summer to use them in salads and homemade hummus.

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic April 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

I can’t wait for real spring weather! This salad looks delicious.

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Joanne April 22, 2014 at 8:14 am

Girl, I am with you. Except I am praying that my wedding dress will still fit me LOL. I see a lot of this delicious salad in my future!

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