Easy Zero Waste Chickpea Salad
I absolutely love to find dishes that are so easy to make with little effort, use minimal ingredients and can be completely zero waste and vegan. The story behind making this salad started from thinking more about the plastic waste I was creating from my food shopping. There is so much plastic in supermarkets and it can really difficult to be zero waste, especially on a budget. There are definitely times where I feel so fed up with the amount of plastic waste I have caused from my food shop. Its not all bad though, I do have victories here and there and I have managed to find nearly all my fruit and veg plastic free and I buy my herbs and spices from a refill shop so when you add all of this up, it helps reduce quite a lot of plastic waste which I'm proud of.
I started thinking more about the foods that were easily accessible to me plastic free, and not necessarily produce that i bought on a regular basis. I looked around my local Tesco to see all of my zero waste options and I came across loose bundles of parsley. I have never purchased this from them before and I didn't even realise this was something they sold plastic free. I started googling easy recipes for parsley and came across so many amazing ideas with a lot of them using products that I could easily find plastic free in my local supermarkets. My Favourite recipe was from thekitchn which was a chickpea salad recipe. It made me realise that if I can find great dishes to make with the products I know I can easily buy zero waste then this will help me reduce my plastic waste even further. - So I bought the parsley and made this salad dish.
This chickpea salad is so refreshing and only takes around 10 minutes to make which is great for if you don't have much time. Chickpeas are high in dietary fibre and studies have shown that eating more chickpeas can help make bowel movements easier and regular (who doesn't want that?) They have a rich source of vitamins and minerals too so they are a great addition to your diet. Chickpeas can be used in so many dishes and I personally love a chickpea curry, they are easily accessible either in recyclable tins or loose. I personally buy them tinned because they are cheaper and easier to cook with and this is what I used for this salad.
I managed to get all the ingredients for this salad packaging free from my local supermarket so I will be definitely making this dish more often in the future. I was worried it wouldn't be filling enough but the chickpeas definitely made it very filling. I tried the recipe from thekitchn and then I made it again making a few changes and adding a few touches. Here is the recipe below:
1 tin of chickpeas
1 small red Onion - finely chopped
Lemon Juice from 1 Lemon
3 cloves of Garlic - crushed
3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 teaspoon of Chilli powder
Bunch or Parsley - chopped
Two tablespoons of sunflower seeds (optional)
A few mint leaves - chopped
1. Start by draining your chickpeas and boiling them for 3-4 minutes
2. Meanwhile chop your onion into fine pieces and add to a bowl with the chilli powder, season and coat the onion with the chilli powder.
3. Crush the garlic and gently heat up in olive oil with the sunflower seeds for a minute or two and put to one side.
4. Once your chickpeas have cooked, drain the water and mix in the fried garlic and sunflower seeds.
5. Finely chop up your parsley, I also include the stems to reduce the waste.
6. Add your chickpeas & parsley to your onion and mix everything together, I used my hands.
7. Juice your lemon and add 2 of the tablespoons of the olive oil and mix. Then pour over the chickpeas and stir.
8. Just before serving, chop the mint and sprinkle over the salad. Drizzle the last tablespoon of olive oil.
This is one of the nicest salads I've had in a long time and its great that it can be zero waste and quick to make. Below is a picture of the waste this dish created. The food scraps will all go in my compost bin and the tin will be recycled. Going completely zero waste when it comes to food can be tricky but I have found by planning my meals around what I can find at the supermarket packaging free has really helped reduce my overall waste.
Hope you love the dish as much as me, share your dishes with me on my Instagram @the_plastic_free_life.
Now for the task of cleaning the kitchen up... luckily I have all my favourite sustainable cleaning products with me!