Last week I was in charge of making dinner every night and it was quite a challenge to leave my comfort zone (real Brazilian food) and try to make something else. We are trying to be carbohydrate free for one month!! (tears rolling down my face) and I can say we are 95% there!! lol And I’ll tell you why… Last week our favorite neighbors (Kathy and Al) gave us the BEST homemade caramel corn we’ve ever tasted. I couldn’t resist it!! But that’s ok! I don’t believe and don’t want radicalism in my life anymore… it’s all about balance. So, I came out with this avocado and garbanzo beans salad that’s a mix of the things I like and a couple new things we recently added to our routine: chia seeds and spicy roasted garbanzo beans.
Mix of mixed greens: spinach and arugula
1 lime, juiced
Spicy roasted garbanzo beens
Spicy orange vinaigrette
2 tbs champagne vinegar
6 tbs orange juice
4 tbs lime juice
2 tbs finely chopped basil
Salt and pepper
1 tbs honey
4 tbs olive oil
½ tsp cumin
1 hot pepper, sliced (I used Brazilian pepper- malagueta)
Salt and pepper
Combine all the ingredients for the salad dressing until the ingredients are mixed. I like to make the salad dressing way before the salad and let it rest to to be more flavorful. You can adjust the ingredients for the dressing as you like. For example, I love sweet dressings, my dressings are always more on the sweet side.
Toss the mixed greens with the salad dressing.
Put on the plate and add the mango and avocado.
Drizzle the dressing on top, sprinkle chia seeds and the spicy roasted garbanzo beans. In this case the garbanzo beans worked like croutons, it gave that crunchiness that sometimes we miss in salads.
Yesterday I made the same salad for our “white husband” (Happy Birthday!!) and I added pears too. It was delicious!! Use whatever you like or have in your house. It is a beautiful salad and very flavorful. We have video on our Instagram.
Beijos e Tchau!