Kid Friendly Garbanzo Bean Salad
Updated: Nov 19
My goal is to feed my kids real food whenever possible and to include as many veggies as possible. Although my kids are pretty good eaters, I’m sad to say they haven’t accomplished the task of happily eating a green salad. One of these days... But, until then, I look for other ways to get raw greens in them (like this green smoothie). I have also learned to make the kids “salad” with a base of ingredients that they love then sneak in small amounts of raw greens. This garbanzo bean salad is just that. It’s a healthy, real-food, nutrient-dense meal that incorporates a small amount of raw greens that they wouldn’t be getting otherwise. The best part? My kids love it! It’s super easy and makes a great school lunch. If you’re kids aren’t huge garbanzo bean fans, just switch them out for another base your kids do like, such as black beans or rice!
Garbanzo Bean Salad
Makes: 2 generous kid size servings
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1 ripe mango, diced
1 handful spinach, finely chopped
8 strawberries, diced
1 pinch salt
Drizzle of fresh lemon juice
Cucumber, finely diced (optional)
Fresh Basil, finely chopped (optional)
Put all the ingredients in a bowl, stir gently, and serve fresh or use within the day!
I love being reminded of why real food is healing to our bodies. Check out some of the amazing health benefits of this salad!
Chickpeas: “One look at chickpeas nutrition and it proves what an amazing superfood these legumes really are. Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are a great source of plant-based protein along with fiber, iron, zinc, phosphorus, B vitamins and more.”
Mango: “Studies link mango and its nutrients to health benefits, such as improved immunity, digestive health and eyesight, as well as a lower risk of certain cancers.”
Strawberries: “Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fiber, folic acid, manganese and potassium.”