Today I’m sharing my idea of a Vegan Nut Free Waldorf Salad. The base of this creamy, yet crunchy salad has two parts, chickpeas and soaked sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are typically acceptable for those folks with nut allergies and give this lunchtime salad a nice, soft crunch.
Why soak your nuts and seeds? I know I’ve discussed the soaking issue in the past, but wanted to remind everyone that soaking nuts, seeds and grain is important, especially for those of us dealing with digestive issues. The simple reason…nuts and seeds are much more easily digested when soaked or sprouted. You can look online for the numerous technical reasons why to soak your nuts (haha) – but the down and dirty is your gut will love you.
What are the benefits of sunflower seeds?
Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E, magnesium and selenium. All great for the heart.
What are the benefits of Chickpeas (aka: Garbanzo Beans)?
Commonly used in hummus, chickpeas are not only one of nature’s most versatile legumes but also pack a nutritional punch. Just one cup of chickpeas provides half of your daily fiber needs, all while boosting your intake of manganese and blood-building folate.
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas
- 1 cup soaked sunflower seeds
- 1/2 red onion, finely diced
- 1 stalk celery, finely diced
- 1-2 apples, chopped
- 1 ripe avocado
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- sea salt
- fresh cracked pepper to taste
- 1-2 teaspoons fresh dill, chopped
- Soak 1 cup sunflower seeds overnight
- Cook chickpeas ahead of time and refrigerate. Canned chickpeas work as well.
- Prepare onion, celery and apple.
- Using a small bowl, combine lemon juice, maple syrup, avocado, Dijon mustard, sea salt and pepper.
- Mash well using hands or fork. Either way works.
- Mix together cold chickpeas, sunflower seeds and mashed avocado mixture until well combined.
- Top with a little fresh dill and serve.
- Great in sandwiches or served gluten-free in lettuce wraps.
- vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, dairy-free, corn-free
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