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Fresh Summer Chopped Salad

Sometimes salads are boring. This one is not!

Sundays are like one big reset button for us — Ty and I usually sleep in, take a long walk, listen to and/or watch church, treat ourselves to something fun for lunch (like Shug’s or Mi Cocina!) and then take it really easy for dinner with something light and fresh. This salad is exactly that — refreshing, simple and filling! The perfect reset button to start or end your week with.

This salad is comprised of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet white corn, red onion, jalapeño, avocado, garbanzo beans, feta, basil and some cooked couscous! It is dressed with a little lemon juice and olive oil and seasoned simply with salt and pepper, allowing the veggies to really shine.

Since this was our main dish I added in the small amount of cooked couscous that I had leftover, but you could very well leave it (or the corn) out to make the salad even lighter and lower carb! Hope you enjoy!!

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Fresh Summer Chopped Salad

This salad, comprised of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet corn, avocado, jalapeño, garbanzo beans, couscous and feta, is refreshing, simple and filling!
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Prep Time 10 mins
MARINATE 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pint cherry tomates halved
  • 1 medium english cucumber peeled and diced finely
  • 1 15-oz. can organic sweet corn drained and rinsed, also called white corn
  • 1 medium avocado diced
  • 1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed, also called chickpeas
  • ½ red onion diced finely
  • 1 jalapeño seeds removed + minced
  • 2-3 tbs. feta crumbles
  • ½ cup precooked couscous or quinoa optional
  • 2 tbs. fresh basil leaf ribbons
  • 1 lemon juice only
  • 2 tbs. good olive oil
  • kosher salt + pepper

Instructions
 

  • Start by placing sliced cherry tomatoes in your big salad serving bowl. Season with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper and let sit while you chop other veggies.
  • Chop all veggies and start to layer on top of tomatoes (except for the avocado) without stirring.
  • Add in couscous or quinoa if using, feta crumbles, lemon juice (watch for seeds!) and olive oil. Season with 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper. Toss salad gently, then add in diced avocado and toss very gently once more. Taste for seasoning and serve cold or at room temperature!
Keyword basil, cherry tomatoes, chicken salad, chickpeas, chopped, corn, cucumbers, feta, fresh, garbanzo beans, jalapeno
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