The best things in my life are the simplest, don’t you agree? Recently my friend invited me to her home in the country in Belleville, Ontario. Knowing how much of a nature lover I am, she took me to the farmer’s market. I feel in love with everything there. Ended up buying way too much produce fresh Ontario beets, honey crisp apples, beans and much, much more!
Easy to prepare, easy on the eyes, easy on the belly, simple all around, this is summer food at its best. I made this salad to share with my fellow hiker friends on Sunday. They loved it so much that they asked me to make it again. Its a treat to share my vegan treats with non vegan friends. My friend loved the fresh and alive feeling she had when she ate this salad. It’s a total fact, our bodies don’t lie. I’m positive you will get the same fresh feeling when you eat this salad. It will invigorate you, energize you and make you come alive.
½ cup chickpeas, washed and soaked overnight
½ cup honey crisp apples, washed and cubed
½ cup beets boiled, peeled and cubed
1 avocado, peeled and cubed
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp fresh lime juice
1 hot green pepper
3 tbsp raisins
Salt to taste
• Wash dry chickpeas thoroughly and soak in fresh water. Wash twice a day till chickpeas sprout. This might take a couple of days.
• Boil beets and let cool. This is the easiest way to peel them. Cube beets and set aside
• Wash and cut apples into cubes.
• Mix together cubed beets, apples, avocado and chickpea sprouts.
• Stir in lime juice, hot green chili pepper, raisins, sunflower seeds and salt to taste.
• Serve with Tostitos scoopers. Last minute plan. The salad was all packed for our hike and ready to go. But I felt it missed that special crunch. Multigrain crackers was just what was needed. Texted my friend and she brought the Tostitos scoops. Don’t worry if you don’t have those handy. This salad is good just by itself! Another hiker shared his roasted cashews which made a nice side for this salad. Yet another hiker took this pretty picture of the salad plate sitting on the forest floor..
p.s. everything in this salad is stained a beetroot red, even the chickpeas. but that’s what beets do, stain everything a pretty deep red colour..
I have a confession to make. I joined a facebook group that only allows people to talk about vegetarian recipes with no oil. Here’s how I plan to sneak my way around – avocado with its natural abundant oil. do you think the moderator will be ok with this recipe 🙂
Did you like this delicious farmer’s market salad? More importantly I want to hear from you after you make it. Tell me how you felt. I promise you a light and completely nourished feeling. Plus this is such a beautiful salad, you will never be able to say NO to it.