This chickpea and feta salad recipe will have you reaching for seconds. Not only is it perfect for a picnic or a patio lunch, it’s a smart choice that benefits our eye health!
Chickpeas, as well as other legumes, contain zinc which helps your liver release and drive vitamin A to the retina to produce melanin. Melanin helps protect your eyes from ultraviolet light. They are also a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fibre, and can help with digestion and weight management, along with reducing the risk of several diseases. Additionally, chickpeas are high in protein and make an excellent replacement for meat in vegetarian and vegan diets; they are a perfect addition to the list of foods that help eyesight.
Additionally, feta, compared to other cheeses, is low in calories and fat. It also contains a high concentration of B vitamins, phosphorus and calcium, which can benefit bone health. It also contains beneficial bacteria and fatty acids.
With the added protein of chickpeas, this chickpea salad is simple, filling, healthy and absolutely delicious.
2 1/4 cups diced cucumbers
1 cup diced tomato (or 1.5 cup cherry tomatoes)
6 ounces feta cheese (large crumbles or diced)
1 cup romaine (or arugula)
2.5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1.5 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper, to taste
15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Combine all ingredients, toss well, and enjoy! For more eye healthy recipes, check out our blog.