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How to Make a Refreshing Ayurveda Chickpea Lemon Vinaigrette Salad

A long, hot summer is predicted this year. Did you know that the foods you eat can help reduce Pitta and help you keep your cool? Reduce inflammation and those uncomfortable sensations of the internal inferno using this cooling food is medicine recipe from Saumya Ayurveda.

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The chickpea's botanical name is cicer arietinum. It's an annual legume in the family Fabaceae. This protein packed bean is known by many names--chickpea, garbanzo, chole, Egyptian pea, Bengal gram--just to name a few.

"Chickpeas appear in early recordings in Turkey about 3500 BCE and in France 6790 BCE. India produces the most chickpeas worldwide but they are grown in more than 50 countries. An excellent source of carbohydrate, protein, fiber, B vitamins, and some minerals, they are a nutritious staple of many diets." (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

Refreshing Ayurveda Chickpea Lemon Vinaigrette Salad takes minutes to prepare, it's cooling, and tastes so good.

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How to Make a Refreshing Ayurveda Chickpea Lemon Vinaigrette Salad


  • 1-2 cans of garbanzo beans. (For higher appetites, use more garbanzos.) Rinse really well and drain. You can also pressure cook your own garbanzo beans.

  • 1 purple onion finely chopped

  • Ok, there's two paths to choose from now. If you have cucumbers, artichokes, bell peppers, cilantro, leafy baby greens, use them raw in your salad. Add some kalamata olives for taste and color. (Rinse off if salty.) The other route, depending on what's in your refrigerator or garden, it to use squash, green beans, asparagus, zucchini and the like and lightly blanch them.

  • Add fresh herbs or dried herbs.

Enjoy our popular article: Cooling Foods in Ayurveda. Cooling foods to reduce Pitta, heat in your body and mind. 🪭 Learn how to eat and drink your way out of excess Pitta. Food IS medicine.

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  • Mix everything together.

  • Add the Refreshing Lemon Vinaigrette (recipe below).

  • Gently fold in the vinaigrette and mix well.

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Refreshing Lemon Vinaigrette Instructions:

  • Squeeze two-three organic lemons (I slice them in half and squeeze by hand.)

  • Finely mince 1-3 garlic cloves (Why the range? It depends on how strong the garlic is, how large the cloves are, and how you're feeling in terms of your doshas. Customize it to suit you.)

  • About 1/2 teaspoon of good salt such as Red Alaea Hawaiian salt.

  • Freshly ground black pepper. (It should taste and smell like lively pepper.)

  • 1/4-1/2 cup good quality olive oil

  • Peruse your herb garden and select herbs that appeal to you. (If your herb garden is not up and running yet, use dried Mediterranean herbs.)

  • 1 t Dijon mustard (optional) * I don't use it. I find the delicate, yet potent fresh herbs to be perfect.

  • 1/2 t maple syrup or honey (optional) * If you like some sweet, you will love it.

  • Mix it up well with a whisk or fork.

  • Adjust seasoning to please your taste buds.

  • Top with little crumbled feta.

  • Add some roasted nuts and/or seeds.

  • Adjust so it tastes great.

Note: If you prepared this in advance, remove the Ayurveda Chickpea Lemon Vinaigrette Salad from the refrigerator so it's at room temperature before digging in!

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How to Make a Refreshing Ayurveda Chickpea Lemon Vinaigrette Salad is as easy as it is delicious.

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