New fave. Made from what I had on hand last night. Super fresh tasting. Filling. A little sweet. A little hot. This will liven up your buds. Try it tonight!
Red Onion - about half of a medium onion, thinly sliced
Radicchio - one head, cleaned, trimmed, sliced thinly
Red Jalapeno - about half of a pepper, thinly sliced (more or less depending upon your hot pepper love) ~ I cut each slice in half and used the seeds too . . .
Garbanzo Beans - one can, rinsed and drained
Fresh Basil - a large handful, stems removed, gently sliced into large pieces - or . . . whole small leaves
Tomato - one medium, cut into bite sized chunks (or cherry tomatoes, halved)
Gorgonzola - a handful of crumbled Gorg
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
White Balsamic Vinegar
This just happens to be one of those combinations that really pops! You know the little dishes of sweet-hot vegetables you get at the Thai restaurant? Little shreds of cabbage and carrots with sliced onion and jalapeno? That's kind of what this reminds me of . . . The basil and the white balsamic vinegar give it the sweetness. The garbanzos add heft and make it really filling. The jalapeno adds that super zippy and flavorful BAM! Onions, I love. The cheese gives it a little creamy bite now and then but it would be just as delicious straight-up vegan without the cheese. If you are a cheese person, feta or farmer's cheese would be great too. I went about 50/50 on the oil and vinegar because I think the vinegar really keeps this salad tasting lively. You can add your own twist and enjoy. With these types of ingredients, how can you go wrong?
Have fun with your salads and remember to "eat the rainbow" for great nutrition. Color your diet today.
Garbanzo Beans: Great for you! High in dietary fiber, manganese, folate and iron . . . You need these little guys in your diet! They're filling and delicious. aka Chick peas, Ceci beans . . . Hummus anyone?
Radicchio: Low in calories, rich with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and fiber . . . Eat some NOW!
Enjoy the Colorful Summer,