Summer is upon us…finally!  Kula Baby and I are tired of the soups and root vegetables of winter and early spring.  In honor of summer munching, I thought I’d pass along a fun salad we’ve been eating in our house between trips to the beach.  I’ve adapted this recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Really Tasty Rice Salad recipe found in the cookbook: C is for Cooking (obviously a Sesame Street publication–we like it).  This recipe is easy to adapt to your child’s personal preferences.  Add favorite veggies, a little cheese—anything your child desires.  The lemon dressing adapts to almost any salad ingredient combination.

Lemon Cilantro Chickpea Salad

2 cups cooked organic short grain brown rice (or quinoa works too)

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint and cilantro

1/2 cup of roasted red bell pepper (we use the jarred variety from Trader Joes)

1/2 cup organic chickpeas (if using canned chickpeas, just spritz them with a little lemon before tossing in the bowl)

Salt and pepper to taste


3-4 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon

1/2 cup organic olive oil

2 cloves chopped garlic

salt, pepper

1 drop of agave nectar or maple syrup if the dressing is too tangy for your little one


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Drizzle dressing to taste and serve.


I like this salad scooped on top of a bed of greens from the farmer’s market.  Yum. Yum. Yum.

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