Cucumber & Chickpea Salad with Grilled Napa Cabbage

Still having a lot of chickpeas leftover from the other night, as well as some CSA produce, I decided to whip together another tasty summer meal. Here is my own recipe for a simple cucumber & chickpea salad. My omni husband said it was “surprisingly filling!”

Cucumber & Chickpea Salad
2 small cucumbers, sliced
2 cups chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)
2/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup water
1 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
pepper to taste
1 scallion, chopped
1 small white onion, diced

Put sliced cucumbers in a non-porous bowl. Pour white vinegar and water in the bowl with the cucumbers. Add dill, salt, sugar, and pepper and mix well. Then add the scallion and onion and mix again. Finally add the chickpeas, mixing together. Let sit in the refrigerator at least 1-2 hours, mixing at least once during this period. Serve when ready.

Cucumber & Chickpea Salad

I had 2 heads of napa cabbage from our CSA share last week that I didn’t know what to do with. I soaked them thoroughly in a bowl of water and some vinegar to get any bugs off and to clean the leaves well.

Then I got inspiration from this About.com recipe for grilled napa cabbage. We didn’t use skewers though and just grilled the leaves individually on foil on our gas grill. The leaves that were tastiest were the ones that were burnt and crispy.

Grilled Napa Cabbage

Overall, this was a very tasty, healthy, and easy meal to prepare. I also used some leftover hamburger buns to make an impromptu garlic bread. If you were to omit the garlic bread (or had some GF bread), this meal would be gluten-free.

The complete meal