Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Slow Roasted Heritage Tomatoes

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Chickpeas with spinach are a great combination for a substantial salad or side dish.
Here they are paired with the natural sweetness of slow-roasted tomatoes to create a comforting taste of summer. Use fresh herbs if possible but dried oregano or thyme will also work well.

Ingredients

  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained
  • Approx. 300g spinach leaves
  • 500g tomatoes (various heritage varieties if available)
  • 4 or 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp. fresh herbs (oregano, thyme, parsley)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. organic sunflower oil

For the Dressing

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C.
  2. Cut the tomatoes into roughly even sizes. If including cherry tomatoes they can be left whole.
  3. Arrange the tomatoes on a baking tray and drizzle with the sunflower oil and scatter the fresh herb leaves over with some black pepper.
  4. Bake for about 5 minutes at 200 C before reducing the heat to 100 C. The tomatoes may take about 45 minutes to soften, depending on your oven.
  5. About halfway through the baking time, toss in the whole, unpeeled garlic cloves.
  6. Prepare the spinach by rinsing and placing in a large saucepan with a lid.
  7. Wilt the spinach over a medium heat with the lid on for a few minutes; it will cook in its own steam. Do this in batches if the pan isn’t large enough.
  8. Drain the cooked spinach and when it is cooled squeeze out any excess liquid with your hands.
  9. Chop the spinach finely and add it to the chickpeas in a bowl and mix to distribute it evenly.
  10. Make the dressing for the chickpeas by combining the olive oil, lemon juice and the soft flesh from the roasted garlic.
  11. Season to taste and mix into the chickpeas and spinach 10 minutes before serving. Arrange the tomatoes on a plate and drizzle any of the juices that remain on the tray over the top.
  12. Serve with chickpea salad and some crumbled pieces of goat’s cheese if desired.

chickpea spinach and roasted tomato salad in a bowl
tomatoes on display

Nutrition

Tomatoes on the vine

Tomatoes are a wonderful source of vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, folate and the antioxidant lycopene.
This antioxidant has amazing benefits on eye, skin and heart health!

Spinach leaves in a bowl

Spinach is a fantastic green veggie to add to your diet since it is cleansing, detoxifying and alkalizing to the body, and helps to cleanse and nourish the blood. 

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