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Chickpea Broccoli Salad With Dijon Maple Dressing

I’ve decided to do a juice cleanse within the next few days.  I know I need to wean myself off of heavy foods such as dairy, wheat, sugar, etc.  I don’t eat a lot of these foods, but sometimes they do make their way into my meals during the week.  So, I needed to find a quick and ‘green’ salad that would hold me over through dinner.  Then I came across a broccoli and beluga lentil salad that inspired me to make this one!  Unfortunately, I didn’t have beluga lentils so chickpeas had to do.  Although this isn’t a raw salad since the broccoli is steamed and the chickpeas are cooked (obviously), it still retains tons of nutritional value and is a great weeknight go-to if you’re looking to watch your calorie intake or even if you’re just trying to keep it light and healthy.

I’ll be posting all about my adventures with juice cleansing early next week.  I’ve juiced in the past but will now be trying Suja Juice 1 Day Fresh Start Cleanse.  Wish me luck! 🙂

The dressing on salad contains maple syrup, olive oil, fresh cracked pepper, Dijon mustard and one of my favorite ingredients – apple cider vinegar.  Check out my post on how apple cider vinegar can keep you healthy.
Chickpea Broccoli Salad With Dijon Maple Dressing by Laura | My Plant Based Kitchen
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Chickpea Broccoli Salad With Dijon Maple Dressing
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • For the salad:
  • 1½ cups cooked and drained chickpeas, cold
  • 1 head of broccoli (4 cups florets)
  • 1 small red onion sliced into rings
  • Fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup almonds (optional)
  • For the dressing:
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Fresh cracked pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a double boiler, steam broccoli florets until the color turns bright green, about 5 minutes or so. Transfer broccoli to a bowl and combine with chickpeas, onions, almonds and dressing. Mix to combine and add fresh cracked pepper to taste.
  2. Enjoy!