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Chickpea Salad with Grapes and Pecans
by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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I love creating new recipes that include some of my favorite immune boosting ingredients. This tasty recipe combines chickpeas, California grapes, Greek yogurt, and pecans.

Did you know that natural grape compounds, including antioxidants and other polyphenols, help protect the health and function of cells? Studies suggest that resveratrol and certain flavonoids may positively influence immune function. Grapes are a good source of vitamin K, which may help support lung health during COVID-19.

In my newest recipe, Chickpea Salad with Grapes + Pecans, I used several immune health ingredients like chickpeas, Greek yogurt, grapes, and pecans. I use it with pita bread but it can also be used on whole wheat bread or on top of greens.

Grapes are also a perfectly portable snack. Whether you’re hiking and biking or chilling and grilling in the backyard, get outside and enjoy. Grapes are also perfect to send to school with your kids or enjoy after a workout. I also love giving them to my teenage daughter who plays high school volleyball as grapes are also very hydrating and she LOVES California grapes…they contain about 82% water!

Chickpea Salad with Grapes + Pecans

Serves 6

2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups red California grapes, sliced in half
½ cup celery ribs, diced
½ cup pecans, chopped
6 pita bread halves

¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Sea salt, to taste

Mash ½ of chickpeas. Combine all chickpeas with grapes, celery, and pecans. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, and apple cider vinegar. Add dressing to chickpea mixture and stir until well combined then spoon mixture into pita bread.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are my own.

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