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Spinach, Chickpea & Avocado Salad with Cajun Dijon Dressing

Spinach, Chickpea & Avocado Salad with Cajun Dijon Dressing
Serves: 1 person
A balanced salad: plenty of plant-based protein/healthy carb sources from the rice and chickpeas, plus loads of fibre, vitamin A and C rich veggies and beautiful fats from the avocado and almonds! Plus this dressing is out of this word yum! Take it to work, school or arrange it on your plate for dinner for a satiating meal 🙂

Ingredients

For: 1 person
  • 2 cups spinach leaves 
  • small handful mint leaves  chopped
  • 1 stalk shallots  sliced
  • 1/3 cup brown rice 
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas  cooked (drained and rinsed if using canned)
  • 1/4  avocado  sliced
  • 2 tbsp or 8 whole (approx) almonds  crushed, lightly toasted

CAJUN DIJON DRESSING

  • 1/2  lemon  juice only
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (ACV) 
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard 
  • 1 tsp tamari 
  • 1/2 tsp cajun spices 
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional) 

Instructions

  1. Bring 1 cup of rice and 1 and 3/4 cups water to the boil then place the lid on the pan, lower to simmer and allow to cook through for approx 20 mins. Use 1/3 cup of cooked rice for this recipe, and set the rest aside for another meal!
  2. Throw your freshly washed spinach, mint leaves and shallots in a bowl and toss well.
  3. Next, chop your almonds by hand or pulse in a blender and then throw them in a well-heated pan for 1-2 mins. Toss, and remove from heat, allowing almonds to cool on pan for another minute or two. They should be lightly browned.
  4. Once rice is ready, scatter it atop your greens, followed by chickpeas, avocado and finally almonds.
  5. To make the dressing simply shake all ingredients together in a jar. Pour over salad if serving immediately or keep in a separate container if taking with you.

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