Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Avocado Chickpea Cucumber and Tomato Salad Recipe

Avocado with a Greek style dressing, light and perfect for the hot summer days...
 for me it's great anytime of the year!

1 medium sized cucumber sliced in chunks seeds removed with a spoon
1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half
1 can garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
1 avocado peeled and sliced in wedges
1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives
1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon each oregano, garlic powder salt and pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
3 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped mozzarella or 1/2 cup feta cheese

In a medium size bowl add the chickpeas, cucumber, avocado, tomatoes and olives. Mix together adding parsley. In another small bowl mix the dressing, add the lemon juice, fresh lime juice, olive oil, spices and herbs adding a pinch of cayenne pepper. Pour over the top of the vegetable mixture. Top with cheese of choice. Serve cold. This taste better when refrigerated at least three hours to blend flavors... That's if you can wait!
Really, this is one of my very favorites. Of course in the heat in Florida it will surely satisfy and with all fresh healthy ingredients. For all you dieters, skip the cheese, it's still fabulous!

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