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Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil

This weekend I needed a quick side dish to go with grilled burgers. I had all the ingredients on hand to make this delicious salad. I found the recipe on GreenLiteBites, AND she’s a Weight Watcher.  One serving (half the salad – a huge portion) is 6 Points Plus.

Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
25 large basil leaves, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon honey
pinch of salt

Toss all the ingredients together and chill for at least 20 minutes, allowing all flavors to merge.


Pesto Genovese

The basil is loving our hot humid weather. I had more than enough to make a batch of pesto.

 I use my food processor to mix all the ingredients.


The recipe originally came from a James Beard cookbook. He adds a little parsley which isn’t always done, but I do like the flavor.

4 cups fresh basil leaves
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup Italian (flat leaf) parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 cup olive oil – to your taste.
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Put first five ingredients in the food processor with 1/2 cup of oil. Process, adding more oil to make a paste as dry or wet as you like. Add cheese and process a few more seconds.

I enjoy this fresh on pasta, as a spread on sandwiches or brushed on grilled vegies. This recipe makes a large amount, so what’s left goes into ice cube trays and is frozen to use through the winter. Just defrost and use as you would fresh, or pop a cube in a pot of beef stew or minestrone for added flavor.

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