Chickpea, hot-smoked salmon and pomegranate salad

Chickpea, hot-smoked salmon and pomegranate salad

I found this great recipe for chickpea, hot-smoked salmon and pomegranate salad in the The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life. Like many of the Hairy Bikers‘ recipes it’s nice and simple. In fact, this is about as simple as cooking gets. And actually, it doesn’t involve any cooking unless you decide to cook your own chickpeas – which admittedly, will be even nicer.

Chickpea, hot-smoked salmon and pomegranate salad – Quick and easy lunchbox inspiration

If you do cook your own chickpeas, which admittedly will be even nicer, then you’ll need to plan ahead for the soaking and cooking, but otherwise this salad only takes about 10 minutes to throw together. If you’re taking every shortcut you can buy little tubs of pomegranate seeds at the supermarket so you don’t even have to deal with removing them from a real pomegranate. It’s lazy, but for me this recipe is all about convenience. It makes a great weekday lunchbox salad, and I’m never going to want to spend a lot of time on that!

Chickpea, hot-smoked salmon and pomegranate salad
Chickpea, hot-smoked salmon and pomegranate salad – great for your work lunchbox

A tasty and satisfying salad

Just because it’s quick and easy doesn’t mean this salad is boring. The base of the salad is chickpeas, which are a brilliant salad ingredient. If they’re not your thing then you could try haricots or butter beans, but I love the nuttiness you get with chickpeas. My other half is not a big fan of chickpeas, but that’s fine by me – I get to eat it all myself!

It’s got some lovely interesting flavours. I love hot-smoked salmon. It’s becoming more widely available (thank you Aldi!) and is so convenient and tasty to add to salads. Together with the chickpeas, the salmon makes this a really substantial and filling meal. The pomegranate seeds add a sweet, fresh crunch, which makes a lovely contrast.

 

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