Spinach and Chickpea Dijon Vinaigrette Salad

1 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 large English cucumber, diced

1 cup tomato, diced

1 large avocado, diced

1/2 red onion, peeled and diced

2 green onions, sliced

1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced

1/2 cup diced cheese – feta or queso fresco or similar

2 cups fresh spinach


1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon dried parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all of the dressing ingredients in a jar. Shake fully. Let sit for approximately 30 minutes before using. Mix the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Top with dressing and mix fully. Refrigerate until ready to eat.


Chickpea pesto pasta

This is amazing. I made the pesto from my garden basil. I have used the standard pine nuts as well as pecans. Both turned out fabulous but I think we really enjoyed the pecan version better. That recipe will follow shortly.

1/2-3/4 cup prepared pesto

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 pound pasta, cook al dente, cooled and drained

1 can chickpeas, drained

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon fresh chopped green onion

Mix together the pesto and mayonnaise fully. Add in the parmesan. Finally, mix in the chickpeas and pasta.

Rosemary roasted potatoes and chickpeas


This is a wonderful fall side dish. It bakes in the oven for about an hour and feeds 4-6 servings. It has been a personal favorite of mine for years. Sometimes I also add roughly chopped or pearl onions. Sometimes I also add carrots. What I like most are the tiny crunchy chickpeas that add texture to the dish.


1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 large russet potato, peeled and diced

4 cloves garlic, whole and peeled

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 teaspoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

crushed red pepper – optional


Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the potatoes, whole garlic, and chickpeas into a 9×13 baking dish. Mix the olive oil, sugar, and spices in a small bowl. Pour this mixture over the potatoes and stir to mix. Bake for 45-60 minutes stirring every 15 minutes.