Winter Salad with Chickpea Croutons

Winter Salad with Chickpea Croutons is perfect for when the cold weather arrives. It is super healthy, quick to make and hearty thanks to fiber filled beets and chickpeas.


Ingredients
Chickpea Croutons
3 1/4
cups
chickpeas, cooked
2
tablespoons
Olive Oil
*
sea salt and black pepper to taste
Salad
3
cups
mixed greens
1
large cooked beet, peeled and cubed
1
large orange, peeled and cut into wedges
1
avocado, sliced or cubed
3
tablespoons
pumpkin seeds
1/4
cup
Olive Oil
2
teaspoons
balsamic vinegar
2
tablespoons
orange juice
*
sea salt and black pepper to taste
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
For the chickpeas: drain and place on a bed of paper towels. Dry as much as possible, then place on a prepared baking sheet with parchment. Add the olive oil and make sure they are well coated.
Put them in the oven for about 40-45 min. until they turn golden brown and look dry.
Remove chickpeas from oven and add salt and pepper, to taste. Let cool and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a bowl place a bed of lettuce, beets, orange segments, avocado and pumpkin seeds. Do not mix up before serving.
To make the vinaigrette, in a bowl mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar and orange juice. And add salt and pepper to taste.
Drizzle vinaigrette over salad.
When the chickpeas are cooled, place them top of the salad.
Serve immediately.

The base number of servings for this recipe is 6
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