Lentil and Chickpea Salad

Lentil and Chickpea Salad

Today I am going to be sharing with you a yummy  lentil and chickpea salad that is simple to make and leaves you full and satisfied after eating it, ready to defeat that afternoon slump.

Lentil & Chickpea Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of Chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup of Lentils
  • 1/4 cup of Organic Hummus
  • Lettuce
  • Chopped Cucumber
  • Chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • Grated Carrot
  • Chopped Mushrooms
  • Chopped Kale
  • Chopped onion

Salad Dressing

  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Vegetarian Worcester Sauce
  • Chopped Basil

How to make:

  1. Heat the Chickpeas and Lentils gently for 4 minutes.
  2. Chop the vegetables into small pieces.
  3. Add all ingredients together.
  4. Finish with a side of Hummus.
  5. Drizzle your salad dressing over your salad
Add as much of each ingredient as you wish or add some of your own salad favourites to make it personal to you.

What are the health benefits of each ingredient?

Chickpeas

chickpeas

  •  A good source of protein – essential for vegetarians who do not get their protein from meat sources.
  • Aids in weight loss and hunger control – they are high in fibre and protein, and they have a low gylcemic index
  • Full of great vitamins and minerals – chickpeas contain vitamin K, folate, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, choline and selenium.
  • Helps maintain bone strength – The iron, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K content present in chickpeas all contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength
  • Keeps your heart healthy – chickpeas are high in fibre, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B-6 content and lack in cholesterol
  • Keeps your body healthy – Chickpeasc contain Choline which is a very important and versatile nutrient in chickpeas that help with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.

Lentils

Lentils

  • Lower cholesterol due to the high levels of soluble fibre
  • Maintains a healthy heart – chickpeas contain folate and magnesium which lower your risk of heart disease.
  • Stablises your blood sugar level – chickpeas contain fibre, which traps carbohydrates, slowing down digestion and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
  • Great source of protein – Of all legumes and nuts, lentils contain the third-highest levels of protein.
  • Increases energy – Lentils are a good source of iron, which transports oxygen throughout your body and is key to energy production and metabolism.

 There are so many health benefits to eating these lovely legumes, what’s not to love about this salad?

Enjoy! xx