21.9.13

Fall Superfood Salad with Roasted Carrots & Chickpeas




Remember this superfood salad I made last spring? 

I was obsessed with it and ate it every week for about a month. 

Then summer came and I got obsessed with fresh corn and this chopped salad

Now it's fall and, obviously,  I need another salad to become obsessed with. 


I've found one. 

I first got hooked on the whole roasted carrot/avocado combo at my sister's house. She served it to me in a salad and I was immediately smitten. Did I mention she's a genius in the kitchen? 

I tell you friends, there is something wonderful about the combination of avocado and roasted carrots. I think it's a texture thing. Also, the carrots undergo a sort of metamorphosis when roasted. They become sweet and softened and all kinds of crave-worthy. Combine those crazy carrots with creamy avocado? Uh-mazing. 

I think that's the connection between the three salads I'm obsessed with. They're salads that don't taste like salads. Weird, but true.  


Keeping with the busyness of fall schedules, I left this recipe relatively simple. I used italian seasoning on both the carrots and chickpeas, but you could easily substitute with whatever combination of spices you like. 

To keep the ingredient list short, I also nixed the quinoa and almonds, but you could add those in too. Just don't skip the carrots. Or the avocado. Or the cheese. Unless you're lactose intolerant, or a vegan, or doing paleo. Then you can skip the cheese. 

Just make it yours. And make it, like, tomorrow. 

You won't regret it. 




Fall Superfood Salad

Ingredients:
1 16 oz bag carrots
2 cans chickpeas, drained & rinsed**
salt & pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil
Italian Seasoning mix
1 avocado, cubed
1 head Romaine lettuce
Fresh Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425.

Peel and clean carrots. Cut into 1-inch slices.

Place on cookie sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and desired amount of Italian seasoning.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring at least once to prevent burning.

After the carrots have baked for almost 10 minutes, place chickpeas on separate cookie sheet, repeating the with the 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt & pepper, and Italian seasoning. Cook for 8-10 minutes.

Let carrots and chickpeas cool slightly before assembling the salad with remaining ingredients.

*This will make a lot more chickpeas than you actually need. They are super addicting though, so it's nice to have some extra to snack on.

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