Simply Healthy Family: Roasted Chickpea, Heirloom tomato, Avocado, Lemon Tarragon and Basil Salad.


Roasted Chickpea, Heirloom tomato, Avocado, Lemon Tarragon and Basil Salad.

My mom is in the background reminiscing about how she always used to win the spelling bee. Every year she says, and there was a big stage and real prizes, that's how they did it in my day. All because I asked her how to spell extraordinaire. I should have known better. She's still going on and on (can't blame a gal for reminiscing) so of course I ask her how to spell reminiscing and she pauses with a bit of doubt..... HA! I totally know how to spell doubt! So I promptly turn to my handy dandy, new age spelling check thingy on my state of the art MAC computer and it shuts my poor mom down and tells me how to spell reminiscing before she can spout it out.   Pooooor  mommy.

I can't really feel all that proud about my somewhat limited technological (spell check told me how to spell that, I'm not ashamed) abilities because right after I was congratulating myself on my ability to spell a couple of 5th grade words and patting myself on the back for navigating through Photo shop to produce a half way reasonable food pic I found myself cursing my wireless mouse. You see, when I moved right, the arrow would go left. When I move up, the arrow would go down.  Gahhhh!  Why can't technology be simple?!!

Because idiots like me can't figure out when a mouse is turned upside down. In my defense it is wireless and is completely anatomical.

Yeah. I know.

It's a good thing I know how to cook without burning the house down. I love uncomplicated summer dinners. I'm declaring it summer here in Phoenix. It's in the 90's, good enough reason for me to turn off the stove and focus on quick and simple meals with fresh ingredients.

Simple, fresh ingredients. Heirloom tomatoes, chick peas drizzled with a good quality olive oil and sprinkled with some Himalayan Pink Sea Salt. Roasted to crispy perfection.  Don't feel like turning on your oven? No problem, neither do I come May. This salad tastes equally amazing with out roasting the chick peas. I happen to loooove the crispy texture and flavor that roasting brings to them but in a pinch, plain ol' cooked chick peas will do.

You can use canned chick peas or dry ones. If using canned, drain and rinse thoroughly. Put into a small bowl, drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with a salt. Spread onto a baking pan, I love my stone one which absorbs flavor and allows you to use less oil and is super easy to clean. During the hot summer months I can see myself skipping the oven all together but I do love the crispiness and flavor that roasting the beans adds.

Roast in the oven at 375F for 20-25 minutes to desired crispiness. I highly recommend investing in a baking stone. I use mine to roast veggies, bake cookies and pizza crust. You use a minimal amount of oil with a baking stone and it roasts more evenly that a metal one.  Check out this Rada Cutlery Stoneware

When I can find them, I love these pretty little Heirloom tomatoes. They are naturally sweet and so good for you, think no GMO's. Real tomatoes not genetically modified. Don't want to spend the money or can't find them in your hood. Use cherry or grape tomatoes instead.

Slice a semi-ripe avocado into bite size pieces. Sprinkle with a generous amount of dried tarragon. Tarragon goes amazing with avocado! Squeeze the juice of 1 whole lemon over the avocado and gently toss to coat. Lemon not only adds fresh flavor but helps the avocado not to brown quickly. Set aside.

Avocado tossed with tarragon and lemon.

This one was an instant keeper! Usually I make recipes several time before posting them on my blog. But I am sitting here writing this with a bowl full of this yummy salad sitting in front of me.

 It's  that  good.

Light, lemony, healthy and fresh. What more do you want in a summer salad?

Perfect to bring on a picnic! Enjoy with a cold glass of Pinot Grigio and an herbed salad mix.

TIME     20 MINUTES       SERVES     4-6 

2 cans (or 3 cups cooked) chick peas/garbanzo beans1 pint baby heirloom tomatoes, sliced in half ~ can sub cherry or grape tomatoes2 avocados, dicedsmall handful fresh basil leaves, sliced thinly1 teaspoon dried tarragon2 teaspoons divided extra virgin olive oiljuice from one lemonsalt ~ I love my pink Himalayan sea salt

Preheat oven to 375F.  
Drain and rinse chick peas if using canned. Put into a large bowl and drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Toss to coat. Spread evenly onto a baking pan, I love my stone baking sheet.  Bake on center rack for 20-30 minutes to desired crispiness. 
Meanwhile, slice tomatoes in half and dice up your semi-firm avocado. Put avocado into a large bowl first and sprinkle with tarragon. Drizzle lemon juice over avocado and toss gently to coat. Add tomatoes to the bowl and sprinkle with a bit of salt and sliced basil. Add chickpeas and gently toss to combine salad.  

Serve with a green salad to make it a meal. Don't forget the Pinot Grigio! 



  1. This looks like one delicious salad! I am so ready for Spring to stick around in my neck of the woods and pack a picnic with my family and head to the park.

  2. When it comes to technology I can rarely ever figure anything else out. Quite frankly we're all lucky that I know how to post to my blog lol!

    This salad sounds so deliciously full of fresh summer flavor! Definitely what I need in my life right now!

  3. Looks so healthy and delicious. Thank you for sharing! Pinning now!

  4. I've been meaning to roast chick peas for eons! But I didn't need to have snack food around the house. BUT, using them in a salad is genius! I love everything about this...yummy, beautiful. Pinned to try!!!

  5. We just love chickpeas!!! Looks delicious!!!

  6. Smile. This post made me laugh out loud! And your salad looks perfect. What a great spring side dish. I think I'll make this for some friends that are visiting on Thursday night. Thank you for sharing!

  7. This looks like the perfect springtime salad!
    Light,fresh and healthy.
    Thanks for sharing:)

  8. This looks like just what I want to eat in the summer-light, filling, and refreshing!

  9. Great salad! So awesome for the summer tomatoes that are finally ripening here ... :)

  10. So many great ingredients in this - right down to the Pinot Grigio. I'll take it all!

  11. All my favorite things in one bowl.

  12. What a great combo of flavors! I love that it seems so light and refreshing!

  13. This looks so light and delicious!

  14. talking about burning the house down. I think I was pretty close to it last week ;-)
    The recipe looks super interesting, and it's still summer, so about time to try it!!

  15. This is the perfect time of the year for this salad. Looks so fresh and delicious!

  16. I love chickpeas and your recipe sounds so yummy!

  17. Haha, loved reading your post and guess what? My mom is the same! :D
    Beautiful looking and a very colorful salad that I'm sure is packed with flavors :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  18. That roasted chickpea looks to die for! YUMMY!

  19. You have me sold on the tomatoes! I love love love this recipe.


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