Summer chopped salad with cilantro-lime vinaigrette and crispy chickpea “croutons”

July 22, 2014

Summer chopped salad with cilantro-lime vinaigrette and crispy chickpea croutons

With the blistering heat of summer days, eating light becomes a necessity… and one-stop salads are the answer! Today’s chopped salad is a perfect example of the kind of meal I love to serve during the summer months – flavor-packed, refreshing and easy to digest, yet hearty enough to leave you entirely satisfied.

Here romaine leaves are tossed with red bell pepper, sweet corn, avocados and a creamy cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Then the salad is topped with crispy pan-fried chickpeas – a nutritious and most delicious alternative to the traditional bread croutons.

As a first course, this recipe serves four generous portions. But if you’re like me and want to make a meal of it, then the recipe serves two.

Here’s to hot summer days… and one-stop salads!

Crispy chickpea croutons

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Summer chopped salad with cilantro-lime vinaigrette and crispy chickpea croutons

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Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.

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Evelyne@cheapethniceatz July 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Absolutely light and salad is the norm in this heat! Beautiful salad and I just love the idea of making ‘croutons’ with chickpeas!

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Viviane July 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Thank you, Evelyne!

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