Easy Dreaming-of-Summer Salad

Wow, it's been busy around here!  I've been cooking up a storm between bouts of sickness (mine and the rest of the family's), trips out of town, and a whole lot of running---but I'm just now going to be able to catch everyone up on the new recipes!  In the vein of needing to simplify my life---which includes lunches---I offer my go-to workday salad.  It's at its best in summertime, when I want something cold and refreshing to eat outside in the sun.  Now please excuse me while I stare out at the rain and daydream about summer...

Tahini-Garbanzo Salad

  • 4 cups of greens (see note)

  • ½ or 1 whole can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

  • Dressing:

    • 2 Tbsp tahini (see note)

    • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

    • spices (see note)

    • water to thin

  • Optional: sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, chopped kalamata olives
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  1. For lunch on-the-go: Pack greens and garbanzos in a big plastic bag, along with a paper towel (discourages wilting).  Add the beans to this bag as well.

  2. Mix dressing ingredients in a small jar or even a plastic baggie.

  3. Toss everything together in a big bowl and eat!


If you don’t like greens yet (yet!), I suggest starting with baby lettuces.  Most grocery stores have packaged baby lettuces, usually called baby romaine or spring mix.

Tahini is available in virtually every grocery store nowadays.  Try the peanut butter aisle or the Asian foods aisle.

Spices I like in this are always salt and garlic powder, and I rotate smoked paprika with thyme or just black pepper.

***Bonus: Try replacing the tahini, spices, and water with Trader Joe's Tahini Sauce---in the refrigerated section near the salsas.  It tastes like heaven and contains only simple, whole foods.  Just add the apple cider vinegar and you've got the perfect dressing.  It's a bit more expensive, but the trade-off is convenience---ain't that always the way?