Category Archives: Side dish

Shredded Carrot and Chickpea Salad

Shredded Carrot and Chickpea Salad

July 25

My market stall neighbours sell healthy snacks. I always think it is funny standing there as they describe their flourless, sugarless treats and I look down at my bagels, filled with (glorious) gluten, white flour and sugar. I am, however, always surprised when we share a customer, but I guess in the end, you can’t argue with tastiness whether it’s a healthy snack or more of a treat. A whole section of their snacks is various flavours of roasted chickpeas. Until they came around, I totally forgot about these little guys, which are in many ways the perfect savoury snack. I used to love making them and sprinkling them over homemade hummus. They are simple, easy to make, customizable, pretty filling, healthy and crunchy. So, last week, I made a batch of slightly spicy, salty chickpeas and threw them in a salad, which turned a simple bowl of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber into a light, summer meal.

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fresh mango salsa

Fresh Mango Salsa

June 25

One of the best parts of selling at the farmer’s market is trading my bagels for some of the other produce and products that are being sold there. A couple of weeks ago, there was a vendor I hadn’t seen before and he offered to trade some of his salsa for a pack of my bagels. I ended up with the tomato salsa but I couldn’t get his mango salsa out of my head. When I was cutting up my mangoes this morning (I always cut them up and keep them in the bowl in my fridge so they are easy to snack on) I decided I would make some fresh mango salsa instead of leaving them as a plain snack.

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Green Couscous Salad

June 12

I really love working out of coffee shops because I am always so much more productive. I love the hum of some noise going on as I work, all of the other people working hard on their laptops, and the delicious drinks that are at my fingertips. I don’t love coffee shop food though, so I normally go to the coffee shop, drink a lot of tea lattes and last as long as possible before I can’t take it anymore and have to go home for something to eat. Earlier this week, I lasted until about 1:30 and then raced home for a nice meal. I didn’t have anything pre-prepared so I thought of couscous right away. Couscous is awesome because it is ready in under 10 minutes: just what I needed! I gathered everything green in my kitchen and ended up with this delicious, light green couscous salad, which I took a couple of minutes to snap some pictures of, because I knew I wanted to share it here.

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cucumber avocado salad

Cucumber Avocado Salad

March 9

A few weeks ago at the farmer’s market, I had a bunch of bagels leftover. The lady next to me was selling cucumbers and we bartered our wares. I ended up with a lot of cucumbers. Four huge english cucumbers to be exact. On top of that, my boyfriend was out of town for a few days, so I was left to consume them on my own. While I could have easily juiced them, I got hooked on making cucumber salad. I would make a big bowl of salad, thinking that I would have leftovers hanging out in the fridge (it is definitely the type of salad that improves as it sits). But, instead, I would end up eating a whole english cucumber in one sitting. I couldn’t stop. It was delicious.

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