This salad contains ingredients to help beat the bloat! Cucumbers are 95% water and works to hydrate the body and reduce excess water weight. Tomatoes improve your body’s energy production by supplying a bounty of biotin and help maintain bone health by serving as a source of vitamin K. Parsley is high in chlorophyll, and is used as a blood purifier and a natural diuretic. Its ability to rid the body of excess water and toxins makes it a Fat Flushing star! Mint adds nice flavour and is high in antioxidants that can prevent allergies. Chickpeas are high in fibre which keeps the bowels moving while providing important b-vitamins to boost metabolism.
Makes 6 servings
3 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped, or 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 lb. cucumbers, quartered lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
2 baby romaine lettuces, or 1 small head romaine lettuce, trimmed, cut crosswise into 3/4-in strips
2 cups (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 cup fresh mint leaves
2 cup chickpeas
1/4 cup goat cheese (optional)
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. pomegranate juice (optional)
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp dried mint
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch of kosher salt
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Add 3/4 of dressing; toss to coat, adding more dressing by tablespoonfuls as needed.
Combine juices, garlic, vinegar, and dried mint in a small bowl. Whisk in only slowly until well blended.