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Recipe: A Spring Salad to Fill You Up

by admin on May 17, 2017

Mmmmm… springtime fruits and a refreshing taste. A sweet salad is sometimes the best way to capture the flavor of the season.

But while delicious, some salads just don’t fill you up the way they should, and you end up snacking your way through the day. Now we have a secret weapon to add to your diet: chickpeas.

Packed with fiber, a recent study showed that participants had more satisfaction with their diet when chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) were included, and they ate fewer processed food snacks when they added chickpeas to their diet. They also consumed less food overall when their diet was supplemented with chickpeas.

So what’s an easy way to include chickpeas in your summer salad? Check out this great new recipe from Methodist Hospital Café 8303 Chef Albert Santon.

Mixed Fruit Chickpea Spring Salad


  • 2 handfuls Spring Mix salad greens
  • ¼ C Chickpeas
  • 1 tsp Toasted almonds
  • ¼ C Blackberries
  • 1 large Strawberry, de-stemmed and quartered
  • ¼ C Kiwi, skin removed and diced large
  • ½ tsp Red onion, finely diced
  • ½ tsp Feta cheese


  • 1 Tbsp Light strawberry jam, pureed
  • 1 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp Olive oil
  • ½ tsp Stevia (or preferred sugar substitute)
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard


Whisk all dressing ingredients together in a bowl.

Top Spring Mix with all fruits, onion and cheese. Add dressing, toss and serve.

Makes two salads.


Chef Albert L. Santon discovered a love for culture and cuisine while traveling the world as the son of an Air Force serviceman. His first job was as a busboy at the original Caniglia’s in Little Italy, but he has since been on staff at Garden Café, Upstream, the French Café, Blue Sushi and Jack Binion’s Steak House. Chef Albert has studied martial arts for 12 years, but would rather disarm you with his amazing food and unforgettable personality.
Chef Albert Stanton


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