July 4th Table: Roasted Chickpea-Quinoa Masala Salad

June 26, 2014

Your July 4th table will never be the same. This amazing high-protein veggie salad will leave everyone - especially the omnivores - asking for more. It's nutritious - but in a way that I demand from all my food - it's delicious as well. 

I want to thank Chef Jamie Oliver for the inspiration for this dish. He was showcasing a fresh California-style salad on his show filled with roasted everything and topped with cold avocado and crunchy greens. I started to think about it from an Indian point of view, and came up with this. 

You will work - a bit - making your separate ingredients. But, it’s truly not too bad – especially if you already cook from my books. You likely already know how to make quinoa and my roasted chickpea poppers. I’ll give you the quickie recipes here along with page references.

Please note that the chickpeas (if you make them from dried) do take one night of soaking (unless you make them in the slow cooker). It’s also a cinch to make the separate roasted elements for the salad a day or so ahead of time, and then put it together the day you serve your guests. I promise they will ooh and aaaah!

To Serve: Garnish with chopped onion, avocado slices, mango cubes, and dollops of the dressing. When I am serving guests I put the salad all together on the one platter and serve warm (the dressing is there on top in scoops for guests to take as little or as much of as they want). When I use it for my lunches for the week, I refrigerate the basic salad, and add the onion, avocado, mango, and dressing just before eating.

Guess what, everyone? My new book just went to the printer. I'm nervous. A little excited (okay, a lot excited) and so, so exhausted. Please do pre-order your copy now! It releases in time for Diwali this October 2014. COME OUT AND SEE ME ON OCTOBER 17TH FOR OUR BIG WHOLE FOODS LINCOLN PARK (Chicago) BOOK LAUNCH FROM 6 - 9 P.M. IT'S the first time Whole Foods is officially celebrating Diwali. A portion of my book sales will go to charity. I just love love love giving back. I hope you'll come out and see me. If you want to be on the special invitee list let me know by email anupy@indianasapplepie.com. xoxo


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