By Chef Linda
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then lunch is definitely a close second. Lunch should be a delight, something to look forward to, and a meal that fuels your body and soul for the rest of the day. Without a good, nutritious lunch, we find ourselves lacking energy and looking an afternoon pick-me-up, like candy or caffeine. Why settle for boring or empty calories when you can whip up this Spicy Chickpea Salad in just a few minutes?
This salad gets a little sweet heat from Peppadew peppers, the trademarked name for these little piquant peppers grown in South Africa. Buy them jarred or from the salad bar. Chickpeas are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and protein to keep you feeling full all afternoon. Use Spicy Chickpea Salad on top of fresh greens or as a sandwich filling with spinach and avocado.
Spicy Chickpea Salad
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, or 1 1/2 cups cooked
1/2 cup peppadew peppers, drained and chopped
1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 tablespoons capers, drained
2 tablespoons sriracha sauce or other hot sauce
Juice from 1/2 lemon, about 2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon salt
Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse till roughly chopped and combined. To mix by hand, mash chickpeas in a bowl with a fork or masher first, then add remaining ingredients. Serve or store in a covered container for up to a week.