Alternative Lunches (1) Green pesto salad with avocado, chickpeas and cucumber

Last week, I posted the first recipe in the Breakfast Inspiration series. Now it’s time for the first post about alternative lunches. If you compose it well, a salad is a good alternative for your usual sandwich. In order for it to be a real lunch, which allows you to keep going the entire afternoon, it needs to be more than just a plate of leafy greens. It needs to have more, it needs to be more nutritious, most importantly. Therefore, this salad contains ingredients with more carbs, more proteins and more fibre than the usual salad (which you probably have in mind).

Apart from the leafy greens, this salad contains chickpeas, which are packed with fibre, proteins and iron. The second interesting ingredient is avocado. This fruit (really, it isn’t a vegetable) is equally healthy and contains a lot vitamins and minerals, healthy fats and a lot of fibre (up to 10 gr per piece, which is 1/3 of your daily dose of fibre). This combination of avocado and chick peas rocks, because the vitamin C in the avocado makes sure your body absorbs the chickpeas’ iron. The cucumber was added to give it an extra bite.

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GREEN PESTO SALAD WITH AVOCADO, CHICKPEAS AND CUCUMBER

Green pesto salad with avocado, chickpeas and cucumber

THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED
– about 2 handfuls of lettuce (can be any kind, but I used crinkly lettuce)
– 1/3 cucumber, chopped in dices
– 1 avocado, chopped in dices
– 3-4 tbsp chickpeas
– 1 tbsp (biological) green, basil pesto (can be store-bought, or click here for a recipe)
– parmesan cheese and/or grilled pine nuts (optional)
– sea salt and pepper

THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO
1. Wash and dry the lettuce

2. Add cucumber, avocado and chickpeas

3. Add green pesto

4. Mix up all ingredients and add some grated parmesan and/or grilled pine nuts if you like

5. Season with sea salt and pepper

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