Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Chickpea & Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing

I live in a beautiful city full of beautiful people (in coastal Southern California). Petite, bikini-clad women and hard-bodied men frequent the beaches. Healthy-minded folks demand spa-style cuisine and organic coffee shops. Go for a drive on the weekend and you'll see bike riders and runners everywhere you look. And let's just say that cosmetic surgeons do quite well here.

I won't ever be classified as 'petite.' I'm rarely seen in a one-piece bathing suit (let alone a bikini!) I'd order Mexican food over a salad anytime. I might bike or run around the neighborhood (but no further). And I haven't had any plastic surgery. I do love where I live, but I've had to come to terms with the fact that I just won't ever be one of those people, and I'm still working on feeling okay about that.

My newfound 'love' of exercise and eating healthy is turning out to be a wonderful experience. Who knew that there could be recipes out there that can be so satisfying and delicious, and they don't make you fat? My family is going to benefit from this as well. I don't want junk around, so there won't be junk around! I find myself thinking more about experimenting with new, fresh flavors as well as how I can incorporate more vegetables in my meals.

My new favorite lunch: Chickpea & Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing.

Look at all of those fresh, spa-like ingredients... fresh spinach, chickpeas, red onion, Italian parsley, a lemony cumin vinaigrette, and an orange-tainted yogurt sauce! Am I on the right path to healthy eating or what??


This was a fabulous lunch choice from Ellie Krieger's The Food You Crave. I paired it with some leftover shredded lamb and a few orange slices to make a complete and filling mid-day meal.

I actually sat down... in the kitchen to eat this salad. Usually I'm on the run or eating in front of my computer screen. I forced myself to eat slowly, relax and enjoy my lunch. It was a wonderful salad with a light & flavorful dressing. Salads are pretty much a lunch staple around here, but it was nice to make one that was a little bit different.

Those spa-obsessed, perfect-people mentioned above might even like this one too (but none of them were invited to my house for lunch).

This recipe can be found HERE.

If you're interested in reading about my daily progress in this healthy venture, go to this post.

46 comments:

Gretchen Noelle said...

This looks really tasty. Amazing how beans can be filling, taste good and be good for you. Keep it up!

Sylvie said...

first of all let me say sorry for not commenting in such a long time. Things have been mad and blogging, as well as reading blogs had to go on the back burner a bit.

That looks so light and summery. I wish it wasn't as dreary here in January.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

What a tasty, tempting salad! I might actually sit down to a real lunch more often if I had something like this in front of me.

I hear ya about living in the Land of Beautiful People. Things are pretty much the same here. Botox and boob jobs are the favored topics of cocktail party conversation!

Katherine Aucoin said...

That salad had me drooling. It looks delicious and like a salad you find at a spa. Good for you, you're doing great!

Peter M said...

Lori, this transports me to warmer climes...we have a cold spell up here - don;t ask!

Nina Timm said...

This looks so delicious and to think it is good for you!

sarah said...

This looks great! I'll have to try it sometime; I love chickpeas and spinach.

Megan said...

I'm not much of a salad kind of girl but I do like a good salad. This one looks good!!!
The beach would be an amazing place to live but it would be hard to keep up with what my daughter calls "The Plastics" LOL

Elle said...

Spinach and chickpeas are two of my favorite things--I know I'll love this!

Sara said...

This looks so great and healthy!

Maria said...

This salad looks so good and good for you too! Thanks for a healthy recipe!! Keep up the good work!

Parker said...

Living a healthy lifestyle has come a long way...some great foods out there and it does not all have to be about the salads - although I would be able to eat this one regularly (love chickpeas). Best of luck on your endeavors - your doing great.

lisaiscooking said...

Looks delicious! I've been on a 5-a-day kick for awhile now. When I focus on getting a minimum of 5 fruit and vegetable servings a day, it's hard to fit in junk food, and I end up eating healthier. (and I can't seem to handle counting calories)

Patsyk said...

Looks like a great salad from Ellie! I'll have to go back and mark that one in my copy of her book. Thanks for pointing this one out!

Let me know how you like the Healthy Cooking magazine. I hope to make some things from the current issue in the next week or so.

Cakespy said...

This recipe looks great--healthy without being a depressing, deprive-oneself type of salad. Of course, looking at the top pic made me exceedingly glad I live in the land of the pasty and flannel-covered :-)

That Girl said...

I love Ellie Krieger! She has the best food philosophy.

Although, I have to say, living where we live totally spoils you. I love being able to go running outside almost every morning because it's never too cold, and rarely too wet!

Debbie said...

Gawd that looks good! And I love chickpeas.

Sri said...

I've made this several times and it's absolutely delicious. One of my fave salads.
I love Ellie Krieger, btw.

Veronica said...

Chickpeas is on that long list of foods I want to love but I can't bring myself to taste-isn't that sad? Your salad makes them look so tempting...maybe...

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks like an awesome salad that would satisfy anyone - all of my favorite ingredients!

Alexa said...

Beautiful salad-- which goes great with the gorgeous weather you have in California. I make this type of salads when the rainy sky gets to me. It brings some sunshine into my life. I'll have to try it soon... I can't resist that cumin dressing. Thanks for sharing!

kellypea said...

Hey, I recognize that boardwalk! My walk will take me there tomorrow w/ my new routine. This salad looks delicious. With this weather, I'm completely in the mood -- funny that I posted one, too!

Reeni♥ said...

This does look amazing and so refreshing.! I love chickpeas. I have a chickpea and tuna salad recipe that is quite similar to this.

LilSis said...

Trust me, I can relate. I also live in Southern California and know "the hard bodies" that you're talking about! And I am not one of them either.

I am on a mission to cook as healthy as possible for myself and my family! We always eat pretty healthy but I'm going to try even harder to cut out unnecessary fat from recipes.

Thanks for this recipe! I will give it a try!
www.bigsislilsis.com

Grace said...

good ol' chickpeas...good for more than just hummus. :)

Deborah said...

I'm pretty sure I would LOVE this salad - I'm a chickpea lover!

Laura said...

This reminds me a little of that Jack Bishop cumin and spinach dish--do you remember that? I think you made it too--anyway this sounds good and with a different twist in the form of the yogurt. I have the book I will have to check it out--thanks for sharing it. The pics are gorgeous. We could use a salad around here after all of the move-induced take-out!

Stacey Snacks said...

RG, if you keep eating like this, you will be bikini bound by the summer. Oh, how I long for summer, though I would only put on a one piece right now...but it's 19 degrees here in NJ!
Stacey Snacks

Keep up the good work!

Sara said...

This looks really delicious. I am a chickpea fiend, they're good in so many different dishes.

noble pig said...

Nice. I love the chickpeas, they fill you up in a good way. Gotta love Ellie Krieger!

Nicole said...

This looks lovely. Cudos to you for starting out so healthy. I wish I could say the same. I am behind the 8 ball and need to get on track.

Roger. said...

Now THERE'S a salad I'd eat!

Pam said...

Yum. Tasty, healthy and pretty. A perfect lunch.

Laurie said...

This is so healthy and nutritious! This is too tasty and filling to be a diet food! Yeah!! :)

Sandie said...

Good for you! I vote 2009 the year of healthier cooking and this salad is definitely a keeper. So glad you made it and brought it to my attention---I may have to tune into Ellie Krieger a little more frequently, or at least remember to set her show on the DVR.

LaDue & Crew said...

Oh I love you for posting this and for your commitment to change! I've SO needed some healthy recipes!! I have just joined my exercise classes 3 month weight loss challenge- With recipes like these and exercise, I can do it! http://classes.strollerstrides.net/peoria/moreinfo/40ff2b6ae3e9467ea48cce415f7d2ba4/85345/rio-vista-community-park/rio-vista-community-park/index.aspx

Rindy R said...

You go recipe girl! Aren't you so proud of yourself when you go to bed at night and you have made healthy choices all day long. This salad looks great!

Gina said...

This sounds delicious!

Cherie said...

This salad to me is perfect. I am one of those weird people who get excited at the thought of a fresh, crunchy salad( like some people would at the thought of a big juicy steak). Keep it up, Recipe Girl! We're cheering for you.

Emily said...

Well I think you're pretty gorgeous. Yep.

This salad sounds delicious. I'm a fan of chickpeas.
I would order Mexican food over a salad, too.

Wow, that was kind of a lame comment. I'll have to do better next time.

Carolyn Jung said...

This sounds like the perfect lunch. As for the "perfect spa people''? They should be so lucky as to eat something as wonderful as this salad. ;)

Dawn said...

That looks really tasty to me...I'd wrap this up in flatbread or Naan.
There is this spicy curry baked chickpea's as a snack floating around...so good.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Wow this looks great. My issue with salads is that I end up being hungry about 30 minutes after I finish the salad, but with the addition of chickpeas it might tide me over a little longer:-)

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Yaelian said...

I just made this today, and loved it! And also posted about it in my blog, linking you ,hope it was ok..

karen said...

omg that looks DIVINE!!! i love garbanzo beans.

ps: are you from san diego???? that looks just like mission beach!

-karen