It’s summer, it’s hot…all I want to eat is chickpea salad with tahini maple dressing.
Honestly, I don’t think my body minds one bit. Summer is probably the only time of year I actually crave salad. Salads are such a great way to include tons of fruits and vegetables in your diet, especially in the summer months when fresh, local produce is readily available.
No cooking, no ovens, no stovetops, just quick and easy, fresh and flavourful whole food salads and this tahini maple dressing works on them all.
Cabbage Blueberry Raisin Chickpea Salad
I had no idea what to call this salad. It has fresh blueberries, pepitas, chickpeas, raisins and purple cabbage in it but chickpeas are my fave so they’re going in the name: Summer Chickpea Salad with Tahini Maple Dressing.
The tart dressing with the sweet, plump raisins and blueberries is delicious and with the added chickpeas and pepitas it’s substantial enough to make a meal. Chickpeas add protein, pepitas provide healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, blueberries and raisins add flavour, texture and another host of important nutrients and red cabbage is packed with nutrition too! You’ll be buzzing with plant-based energy after a big bowl of this salad!
Health Benefits of Pepitas
Pepitas? Huh? Pepitas is another name for pumpkin seeds and they’re a amazing superfood we can all benefit from adding to our diets. Here are a few of the health benefits you’ll enjoy by eating them:
- high in magnesium
- great source of zinc
- contain antioxidants like vitamin E
- good source of the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and copper
- source of iron
- source of plant-based protein
- good source of potassium
You can eat pumpkin seeds on their own as a healthy snack or try adding them to salads, using them in homemade energy bar recipes, adding them to hot cereal or mixing them into baked goods.
Or try these: Roasted Garlic Rosemary Pepitas
Tahini Maple Dressing Everything
If you follow me in Instagram (which you should!) you’ll know that tahini is a top runner for my favourite food of all time. These days I often top salads with just a big spoonful of the creamy, buttery, sesame spread and that’s all I need. It’s a key staple in my kitchen and I use it frequently in everything from dessert, to smoothies, dressings and dips.
Tahini is a paste much like nut butters but it’s made from sesame seeds. It’s high in iron, works in sweet and savory dishes and is the perfect base for delicious salad dressings. Shop tahini on Amazon.
More tahini recipes
Salted Caramel Tahini Cups (A must-try!!)
Question of the day: What kinds of foods or meals do you crave when it’s hot, hot, HOT?!
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- ½ a red cabbage, very finely sliced
- 1 cup raisins
- ¾ cup pepitas
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 handfuls of organic field greens per person
- 1 small handful of blueberries per person
- Mix up the chickpeas, pepitas, red cabbage and raisins in a large bowl.
- Place the field greens in each serving bowl and top with the cabbage mixture and a handful of small blueberries.
- Top with Tahini Maple Dressing.
- Serve and enjoy!
- 3 tbsp tahini
- 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp salt, or to taste
- ¼ tsp pepper, or to taste
- Whisk all ingredients up in a container or mix in a blender.
- Store in the fridge.