Smashed chickpea, tomato, cucumber & feta salad...the perfect throw together lunch for busy days.
Happy 2016! <--- seriously. How?
Also, how did my 10 days off work that seemed like such a long break just disappear? Back to work tomorrow? Ugh. At least I have lunch sorted.
Did anybody make any sorts of New Years resolutions? I'm still on the fence about them...I think it's a great time of the year for starting new habits buuuuut then again it's summer here and cocktailing is pretty high on my list of things to do. (Yes, cocktailing is a verb.)
So just because it's January we all have to eat SALAD now. But hear me out. This is less about the salad, more about the 5 minutes it takes to throw together this quick, easy & filling lunchtime meal.
Also, for the record I eat salad solely so that I can also eat allthecookies and drinkallthecocktails and not feel completely guilty about it. Word.
This salad was inspired by one of my favourite bloggers Maria - I saw it and wanted it! Only thing was that avocados are still coming in at $3.50 a pop at the moment and when you suck as much as I do at picking ripe avocados, it's not worth the risk! Lucky for us I have tomatoes out of my very own garden...woohoo! And there is feta, because a salad without feta is not really something I wanna talk about.
Rinse & drain the chickpeas, smush them up a little with a fork, throw in the tomato, cucumber and feta, squeeze in some lemon juice, crack some salt & pepper and you're done! You can practically do it with your eyes closed!
It's a perfect protein packed lunch or snack and great for on the go. It will keep well in the fridge for a few days so make a big batch and that is lunch sorted for the week. Perfect for work lunches which unfortunately is something that is happening here tomorrow. And if you think you need a little extra, go ahead and wrap some bread around this and make it a sandwich...that'll be good too!
Smashed Chickpea, Tomato, Cucumber & Feta Salad
- 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes 2 or 3 medium sized tomatoes
- 1 cup chopped cucumber
- ½ cup feta about 80g
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Salt & pepper
- Add chickpeas to a medium sized bowl and smash them slightly with a fork. Add tomato, cucumber and feta, squeeze in some lemon juice. Season with cracked salt & pepper and serve.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.