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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Chick Pea and Green Bean Salad with Italian Tuna

Fiber rich and cholesterol lowering chick peas(garbanzo beans) are obviously good for you but can be a little bland.  With a little help and some good ingredients they can be transformed into something incredible.  This salad does exactly that.  Fresh tasting  with crunchy red peppers, green beans,toasted almonds all topped with  tasty Italian tuna packed in olive oil it will leave you dreaming of the mediterranean after just one bite.

Ingredients

1 can chick peas drained and rinsed
1 hand full of green beans steamed for 10 minutes
1 small red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper cut in 1 inch slivers
1 can Italian tuna drained of oil
1/2 cup toasted almonds (in oven for 10 minutes)
1/2 cup fresh basil coarsely chopped
Sea salt and pepper
5 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
juice of 1/2 a lemon

Once green beans are steamed, cut them into 1 inch pieces and add to a large bowl .
Add chick peas, chopped onion, red pepper, toasted almonds, basil, salt, pepper and lemon juice.
Finally, add tuna along with olive oil and vinegar and toss well.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour then serve.  This salad can be made the day before and stored in the fridge.

This crunchy, healthy, tasty salad is super easy to assemble and can be eaten as a side dish or a light meal on it's own.

Prep. time 20 minutes plus 1 hour chilling.
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