October 7, 2007

Mediterranean Chick Pea Salad with Lemon dressing

"To insure good health - eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life." - William Londen

"Food" is one of life's dependable pleasures and it can be a wholesome experience, if you're eating the proper food. The main purpose of this Fit 'n' Fine meal series is to introduce such recipes which are rich in good carbohydrates and fats, nutrient-dense whole foods, lean sources of protein and plenty of fiber which both are tasty and also satiate our hunger. These are a wide variety of salads, interesting soups and other less calorie-right carb recipes one can easily incorporate in their day-to-day cooking.

Here is my recipe - Mediterranean Chick Pea Salad with Lemon dressing.


1. Chick Peas - 1 can
2. Chopped Cucumber, Onion, Celery, Coriander, Tomatoes, Lettuce - can also include Peppers, Romaine, Broccoli, Carrots and other veggies.
3. Salt - to taste

For Dressing:

1. Olive Oil
2. Lemon - 1
3. Garlic - 2 cloves
4. Black Pepper - 1/2 tbsp

To make salad: Drain and wash the chick peas and layer them in a salad bowl. Then add all the veggies and salt. Mix well.

To make the dressing: Mix olive oil, lime juice, garlic and pepper.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad. This can also be substituted with any kind of ready-made dressing available in the market. Also, I garnished the salad with few nuts to make it more exciting....:D

Nutrition at a glance:
Per Serving(approx): 500 calories, 20g of Protein, 25g of Carb, 38g of Fats and 6g of Fiber.

This is my entry for WYF-Diet Food Event hosted by our dear Hima.


  1. Hey, at last, I could see the picture here..:) thanks dear.
    LOVE the dish, mmm, very healthy...

  2. Siri, lemon dressing is apt one for this. Very nice. Viji

  3. It sure looks healthy and tasty too

  4. @ Seena: Just wanted to try photobucket .. glad u are able to see the pictures now... :)

    @ Viji: The lemon dressing was very nice for this salad Viji. glad u liked it..:D

    @ HC: Thanks dear.. its indeed healthy and very tasty too...:)

  5. Looks colorful Siri...Just one question I have..where did this 38G of fat come from..Is it because of the Olive Oil?

    The max amount of fat to be consumed per day is 70g I think...Are you sure it is 38G? Sorry if my assumptions are wrong

  6. That's a 'fit and fine' meal indeed:)

  7. Wonderful recipe, which is also very nutritious and filling!

  8. This kind of diet salad should work for me! Tx for sharing! and can wait to see more recipes from both of u, welcome shriya!

  9. Thanks for sending it to me siri, the salad looks tempting and as a bonus it is healthy too.


  10. @ apple: Glad that u liked the salad dear.. 38g of fat is due to olive oil and nuts...:)

    @ Sunita: Ya sunita, the salad is both healthy and tasty.

    @ Kumudha: Thanks dear.

    @ Padma: Thanks gurl. will post some more fit 'n' fine meals soon.

    @ Hima: It was my pleasure to participate in the event dear. Will send some more soon until u are totally bugged by my entires.. hehe..:D

    @ Sirisha: Glad that u liked the dish..:)

  11. This is a good one. never made a chickpea salad yet, looks really refreshing

  12. @ smdatta: glad that u liked the salad.. its both refreshing and tasty..:D

  13. YUM YUM! have never tried a chcik-pea salad before; this has one of my fave flavours...LEMON!! Love the balance of nutrients...have to try it with the kids! Might add some chopped apple too.Thanks Siri!!

  14. So perfect, i would love for you to send this salad to my ONE DISH MEAL- Salad event. The rules for the event are in my site.:)


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