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Chickpea salad with radishes and watercress

Chickpea, radish & watercress salad | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Finally – spring! So long, hibernation-style comfort food. It’s time to lighten up our plates with vibrant, nutritious dishes made with fresh ingredients.

After early April’s ice storm, this past weekend felt like a gift from the gods. Warmth, sunshine, a clear sky. I spent Saturday in a state of complete euphoria, partly because I’m between semesters (ahhh), but also because I couldn’t remember the last time it was warm enough to go outside without a coat!

Chickpea, radish & watercress salad | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Along with gorgeous weather, spring also brings radishes! If you can’t tell by now, radishes are my all-time favourite springtime vegetable :) They’re peppery and crunchy and refreshing all at once – the ideal salad ingredient, really!

If you’re looking for a new side to shake things up this spring, this chickpea, radish and watercress salad is it. For the dressing, I used my basic vinaigrette. It’s like the black cardigan of salad dressings – goes with anything and always looks (tastes?) great!

I threw in some cooked couscous for extra texture (and also to use up leftovers), but you can leave it out if you’d prefer.

The radishes take a few minutes to chop into matchsticks, which could be time-consuming if you’re doubling or tripling this recipe, so by all means toss them in a food processor to speed things up.

Chickpea, radish & watercress salad | www.ricottaandradishes.com


Chickpea, radish and watercress salad
Serves 4
A crunchy, fresh chickpea salad perfect for spring!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 2 bunches radishes, cut into matchsticks
  2. 1/2 bunch watercress, tough ends trimmed off, coarsely chopped
  3. 2 19-oz (540-mL) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  4. 1/2 cup cooked whole grain couscous (optional)
  5. Homemade vinaigrette dressing (~1/3 cup - use more or less to your taste)
  6. Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Combine the chickpeas, radishes, watercress and couscous (if using) in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss with dressing, adjusting the amount of dressing to your liking. Serve immediately.
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  • Erin April 21, 2016, 8:28 pm

    Yum! This salad is so simple, fresh and delicious! It is perfect for spring time :)

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