"Never complain, never explain"
<<this quote has been attributed to Katherine Hepburn, Benjamin Disraeli and Henry Ford, but since [apparently] none of them explain, we don't know who actually said it>>
How can I explain the lack of cooking posts on my formerly VERY cooking-centric blog? Well, maybe I shouldn't even try....All I can tell you is that I have, in fact been cooking. I've been cooking quite a lot and every time I think to myself, "I should put this on my blog!"
But I don't. Mostly because I never have a camera handy. Sometimes you just gotta grab your camera phone and snap one and say "to hell" with picture quality. I guess. It's hard for me because I am recovering perfectionist.
However, the other day, I made this salad, and I thought, "OH YES! Gotta share this one." So grab my phone I did.
This summer salad is my new favorite.
As many of you know, I've been on a journey since my daughter was born: a nondairy journey. At first, she couldn't tolerate the presence of dairy in my breastmilk. Then, I just liked having a nondairy diet. Now, it seems that through cutting out dairy I've developed a lactose intolerance. I have not come to grips with this fact totally and sometimes I wade in the dairy water, only to be sorry about it later. Very sorry, in fact.
Anyway, this recipe is dairy free. But fabulous. And healthy. And light. And summery.
Chickpea Summer Salad Recipe
Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 4 | Difficulty: Easy
You Will Need:
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained
salt and pepper to taste
Combine the ingredients in a medium bowl.
For adding the dressing ingredients: Circle the bowl once with the olive oil. Add a couple of tablespoons of balsamic vinegar (less or more to taste--remembering you can always add more, but you can't add less!)
Add in your salt and pepper.
I like to let mine sit in the fridge a couple hours to get nice and cold and marinate. You can make it up to a day ahead and it'll be delicious!