Hmmm, wondering what to do for upcoming Easter Break… Where should I go? Or maybe I just skip all the travel hustle and stay at home? OK, that was a bit of a black humor there, but in times like these you do need a good dose to remain sane 🙂
In a way, last 3 weeks have been a true eye opener. Spending more time at home, and being “tight” to a beautiful place where I live, made me appreciate everyday little things and my surroundings even more. Distracted by everyday obligations and a hectic tempo imposed solely by ourselves, we had simply forgotten to enjoy all those precious and genuinely fulfilling moments which come for free. I sincerely hope that you have re-discovered at least 3 little joys for a fuller and happier life, which you will continue to nourish once life pace goes back to “normal”. Being a bit cynical with the term normal, but that is the topic for another post. Been pondering and self-reflecting a lot lately, so got a bit side tracked))
Let me come back to those tiny precious joys. For me, one of the most relevant ones, was to remember how a good quality exciting meals can be prepared from the basic cupboard ingredients. Nutrition and creativity should certainly remain our prime focus in the kitchen. It is fun to experiment with exotic ingredients occasionally, but Peruvian strawberries, quinoa, jackfruit, kombucha, or Wakame algae are not prerequisite for a healthy fit body & taste buds indulgence!
In a way, basics of good nutrition are the same as basics of good fashion; less is more, keep it simple. Basically, it is time to start taking some classic pieces out of your wardrobe guys! In the kitchen (foodie) sense – vintage classics such as carrots, parsley, beetroot and onions are back, oh yeaah 🙂
My newest recipe is all about that good old vintage stuff. Main ingredients chickpeas, spring onions, carrots and eggs are true classics. Easter period is ideal timing for a premier, but this yummy, filling, easy to make & highly nutritious salad is like a little black dress – timeless!
Soon we will be able to physically travel again. However, no circumstances can prevent us from taste buds travels in the comfort of our own kitchen. Quarantine Chickpeas Easter Salad is one of those epic journeys you will want to repeat over and over again…
Wishing you a Happy & Blessed Easter Holidays!
Stay well and safe!
Iconic cupboard & fridge ingredients chickpeas, spring onions, carrots and eggs, blended into delicious, nutritious & easy to make salad. A true classic!
- 1 tin chickpeas
- 2 stalks spring onions (with greens)
- 1 large carrot (or 2 medium)
- 4 large free range eggs
- 2 tbsps. mayo (light, full fat, vegan…)
- 2 tbsps. olive or sunflower oil (good quality cold pressed)
- 2 tsps. Dijon mustard (or 4 tsps. Estragon)
- 2 tsps. salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsps. toasted walnuts or sesame seeds (optional, for topping)
Place eggs in the boiling water and boil for 7 minutes. If you prefer semi-hard boil for 6 minutes.
In the meantime, peel, wash and grate carrot(s) in a larger salad prep bowl.
Add drained chickpeas and spring onions, which you previously chopped into fine rings.
Top it with mustard, mayo, olive oil, salt & pepper.
Stir well with the large spoon until all ingredients combine and you get a nice creamy texture. Yes, you can lick the spoon now 🙂 to see if you would like to add some more salt, pepper, mayo or mustard in the mix.
Once you are happy with the taste, place salad in the serving plates/bowls, top it with chopped boiled eggs, toasted walnuts or sesame seeds (if using), and off you go!
For a full meal, serve with a bread of your choice or some yummy crackers.
- Some other exciting extras to enhance yummy flavour even further; olives, pickles, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, rocket (arugula), freshly squeezed lemon juice, feta cheese, toasted sunflower seeds, 1 tsp of honey if you feel adventurous…. List goes on and on, just get creative with your cupboard & fridge ingredients 🙂
- No spring onions handy? One medium onion will do just great as well.