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Fresh and Flavorful Chopped Spring Salad Recipe

Spring brings with it a burst of freshness and vibrancy, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a colorful and nutritious salad? This chopped spring salad recipe is a delightful combination of crisp vegetables, hearty chickpeas, savory artichoke hearts, and creamy cheddar cheese, all tossed together in a light and tangy dressing. Whether you're looking for a refreshing side dish or a wholesome meal on its own, this salad is sure to please your taste buds and nourish your body. Let's dive into the recipe!



Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Can chickpeas (drained, rinsed and dried)

  • 1 Cup chopped cherry tomatoes

  • 1 Can artichoke hearts (roughly chopped)

  • 1 zucchini (chopped)

  • 1 Scallion (thinly sliced)

  • 1/2 Cup parsley (roughly chopped)

  • 2 Tbsp mint (roughly chopped)

  • 1 Cup cubed cheddar cheese (raw goat milk preferred)

  • 1/4 Cup olive oil

  • 1 lemon (juiced)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Ingredients:

  • Rinse and drain the chickpeas thoroughly. Pat them dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

  • Chop the cherry tomatoes into halves or quarters, depending on your preference.

  • Drain the artichoke hearts from the can and roughly chop them into bite-sized pieces.

  • Wash the zucchini and chop it into small cubes.

  • Thinly slice the scallion, including both the white and green parts.

  • Roughly chop the parsley and mint leaves.

  • Cube the cheddar cheese into bite-sized pieces.

  1. Assemble the Salad:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, chopped artichoke hearts, zucchini, scallions, parsley, mint, and cubed cheddar cheese.

  • Gently toss the ingredients together until evenly distributed.

  1. Prepare the Dressing:

  • You can dress the salad with your favorite vinaigrette or make a simple dressing using olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of black pepper until well combined.

  1. Dress the Salad:

  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad mixture in the bowl.

  • Toss the salad gently to coat all the ingredients with the dressing.

  1. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Transfer the chopped spring salad to a serving dish or individual plates.

  • Garnish with additional mint leaves or parsley if desired.

  • Serve immediately and enjoy the fresh flavors of spring!



This chopped spring salad is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients, making it a perfect addition to your meal rotation. Whether you're enjoying it as a light lunch, a side dish at dinner, or bringing it to a potluck or picnic, this salad is sure to impress. Feel free to customize the ingredients based on what's in season or your personal preferences. Here's to a season of fresh, healthy eating!


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