Broccoli, Fig & Chickpea Salad

Lately it seems like all I've been eating is bread, cheese, pasta, pie, and pumpkin spice lattes, because hey, it's Fall. I love this season, and all the hearty food that comes with it, but sometimes I have to remind myself to take a step back and lay off the butter.

The antidote? This wonderful broccoli, fig, and chickpea salad in a cider vinaigrette. I found this recipe on my friend Clare's blog Fitting It All In, and she found it at Clean Eating Chelsea.

Simple, healthy ingredients come together to make a really delicious flavor combination. I followed Chelsea's recipe pretty closely, except I added some white and blue baby potatoes for a little starch and left out the barbecue sauce on top (blechh I hate barbecue. But go for it if you happen to like it.)

This salad is nutritious, filling, and even better the next day. Plus, it's easy on the skinny jeans.

Broccoli, Fig & Chickpea Salad

2 baby potatoes
1 crown broccoli, chopped
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped figs (fresh are best, but dried will work fine too)
1/4 cup onion, diced
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Cut the potatoes however you'd like; you could quarter them or, like I did, slice them thin like potato chips. Boil in lightly salted water until soft.

Meanwhile, cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces and steam. (Easy with a steaming basket on the stovetop or just in about an inch of water in the microwave.)

Chop the figs and onions, add them to the broccoli. Drain the chickpeas, add those too!

To make your dressing, whisk together all the remaining ingredients. Pour it over the broccoli mixture and toss to coat.

Let the salad sit in the fridge for at least an hour to really soak up the flavors. Then, if you must, add barbecue sauce on top.

Eat up!


  1. weee! but i thought the bbq was the best part:)

  2. Ahhh variety is the spice of life. One girl's bbq sauce is another girl's blue cheese dressing.


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