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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Broccoli & Chickpea Salad with Feta Dressing

Everywhere we went this weekend had a little surprise for us. A simple after dinner walk turned into a sheep, deer, and wild turkey safari. Our trip to the beach turned into a bird monsoon - we were literally in the middle of hundreds of tree swallows migrating across a field. Getting slapped with a wing is an odd feeling! Thank you island for giving us a kick in the ass. Our eyes are open and we are marveling at our new home.

Sunday night was the first time Nick and I both said, out loud, that we are happy living here. It's hard to shake city life but if you keep this up I think we're here to stay.

Broccoli & Chickpea Salad with Feta Dressing
inspired by The Locavore's Kitchen 

4 cups broccoli florets
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed  
1/2 red onion, sliced very thin
1/2 red pepper, diced small
1/4 cup raisins
1 cup whole milk plain yogurt (I used Mermaid Farm)
1/2 cup feta cheese
juice 1 lemon
1 garlic clove, minced or grated on microplane
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sprinkle salt and pepper

This is a crunchy, raw, broccoli loving salad. If you don't love raw broccoli then I'd blanch the florets in salted boiling water, cool them down, and proceed. I happen to like raw broccoli and love recipes that don't require anything more than a bowl, knife, and cutting board.

Whisk yogurt, feta, lemon, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Toss dressing with salad items and cover to sit in the fridge for a few hours before eating.


  1. i saw this tonight and made a version for my lunch tomorrow, adapted for what i had on hand. for one person, i used 1/4c plain greek yogurt, 2T greek feta vinaigrette, 1c broccoli florets, 1/2c chickpeas, ~2T each raisins and chopped walnuts, a little grated carrot, and a drizzle of honey. sample bite was delicious, and i'm excited for lunch tomorrow! thanks for the inspiration! :)

  2. Marilyn, what a great idea! I hope you're sitting down quietly and enjoying it right now.

  3. I love the picture of you and D escaping the birds! Did it trigger traumatic geese memories from your childhood....? LOVE YOU GUYS!


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