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Summer Salad with Amaranth and Chickpeas

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Most people have never heard of this grain which is popular in Guatemala and Mexico; amaranth.
It is gluten free, very high in protein , low in fat and very high fiber; in short it is very good for you! A quick trip to the health food store or maybe even the health food aisle in your regular supermarket and you can buy a box if this tiny but powerful grain (look next to the quinoa) .  In Guatemala and Mexico amaranth is prepared in many ways from a side dish, to a breakfast cereal to a candy (called alegria which is delicious).

For this recipe we are going to keep it healthy with an easy to prepare summer salad featuring amaranth as the protein. You are substituting chicken or beef with this grain and this salad becomes a complete meal that is gluten free, vegan and low calorie. So as the weather warms up try making amaranth part of your summer menu and incorporate it into many different dishes not only because it is healthy but delicious as well.

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Summer Salad with Amaranth
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Central American
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Serves: 2
A delicious Summer Salad made with Amaranth. A hugely popular, ancient grain that makes this dish vegan and gluten free
  • ½ cup cooked ( via package instructions) amaranth and ¼ cup toasted Amaranth
  • 2 cups diced cucumber, seeds removed
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup toasted amaranth
  • 2 tablespoons canola blend salad oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 can Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  1. Prepare the ½ cup of amaranth via package instructions.
  2. After Amaranth is cooked and drained spread out on a baking sheet to cook without forming lumps
  3. Take the ¼ cup amaranth for toasting and place in a dry frying pan. Toast over medium heat stirring constantly until most all Amaranth grains are popped.
  4. Chop Cucumber, red onion and place in a large bowl with Garbanzo beans
  5. Add chopped mint and parsley
  6. Pour Lemon juice, oil , salt and Red pepper flakes on top
  7. Toss your salad and refrigerate ½ an hour before serving to let flavors marry a bit
  8. When ready to serve sprinkle toasted Amaranth on top

About the author

Cesar Diaz

Cesar is a freelance graphic designer with more than 15 years of experience in the advertising world. He is the creative force behind GrowingUpBilingual.com and 365thingsswfl.com. 2 year ago he gave up his steady job so he could spend more time at home and be more involved in his kid's lives. He loves sharing tips to maintain a healthier lifestyle both at home and while traveling. He likes to cook low calorie meals with a Latino touch, specially if they are on the grill. He is a techie, a carnivore and a fitness buff not necessarily in that order. During his free time he enjoys mountain biking, working out at the gym, watching movies and traveling with his family.

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  1. Shannon

    I have heard of this before but I never see it. I will have to look again. Thank you for sharing.

  2. melisa

    This looks really good! I’m always looking for new ideas for fiber in our diet, and this looks like it’ll taste great!

  3. Sandra Beeman

    Although I am not familiar with this food, I do think it would be delightful in a salad. I also am happy to know about the health benefits which have been mentioned here. I’ll try it!

  4. Wanda Tracey

    I love salads and am always looking for a new and refreshing idea.I like this one with the cucumbers and the garbanzo beans in it.I think it sounds delicious.Thank you for sharing.

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