Berries make everything so much more fun, don't you think? We've been lucky to find fresh blackberries at our local market pretty often this winter, and for Christmas we were even luckier to receive a number of gourmet pantry items as a gift -- one of which was a bottle of Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar. Vegan Dad mentioned he had been craving chickpeas, so I decided to see what I could make with chickpeas and blackberries.
This sweet and tangy salad is the result. It's extremely quick to make, and if you're a big fan of chickpeas and eat the entire salad as your dinner, you'll have consumed over 20 g. of protein! Since Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar probably isn't very easy to find, I've included substitutions in this recipe.
Chickpea and Arugula Salad with Warm Balsamic Blackberry Dressing
1 can chickpeas
1 cup arugula
1 cup fresh green beans
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp honey (or agave nectar if you're vegan)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp grated fresh ginger (or 1/2 tsp powdered)
1 pint fresh blackberries
In a small saucepan on the stove, mix together vinegar, honey, ginger and olive oil. Add 5- 7 blackberries and crush with a fork. Warm mixture over medium heat, add chickpeas and toss to coat. Add the rest of the blackberries and stir carefully to keep them whole. Warm through, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, cut green beans into 1" pieces, set in a glass bowl with 1 - 2 Tbsp water, and microwave for 1 - 2 minutes to soften. Don't overcook; you just want to warm these. If you are using haricots vert, you won't need to cook them as long.
Arrange arugula in a large, shallow bowl. Place green beans on top, then chickpea mixture. You may want to manually reposition a few berries to make the dish look nice. Serve warm; serves 1 hungry person as a main course, or up to four people as a side salad.
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