There are a few things that make me really happy.
Pristine hiking gear and watching the sun rise. Sweaters and a large cup of coffee in hand. The Beatles and Jane Austen novels. Waffles. Juicy strawberries. You get the idea.
So... Say you bought me a new hiking pack, accompanied to a mountaintop to watch the sunrise, offered me an oversized sweater and a warm cup of coffee, whispered old English literature in my ear, serenaded me in standard Beatles fashion, and hand feed me waffles and really juicy strawberries. Well, I’d say you'd done your part.
Because those things make me very, very jovial.
Dinner also makes me really happy. It doesn’t tend to stress me out because my mind usually goes straight to cereal. But I understand that sometimes dinner requires a little more effort. Sometimes simple dinners won’t do. Sometimes I’m desperate and craving something with mega personality.
Salad is a vegetable and notably healthy. Chickpeas are a protein and add an element of balance. Right on. Mint is the best kind of herb because it's leafy and viridescent. Strawberries are fresh and fruity and avocado is avocado, which lucidly means it's the super hero of all foods.
So this is what is happening: Chopped strawberry, mint and chickpea salad is not cereal and makes everyone gleeful.
Chopped Strawberry, Mint & Chickpea Salad
(yields 2 servings)
4-6 cups freshly chopped greens
1 cup chickpeas, divided, drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped strawberries, divided
half of a large avocado, sliced
4 mint leaves, finely minced
juice of 1 lime
Wash and rinse lettuce or greens very well in a strainer and chop greens until finely minced. Add mint leaves to the mixture, mincing together with the salad.
Remove two plates and divide greens evenly. Layer on each plate chickpeas, fresh strawberries, and avocado slices. Lastly, squeeze lime juice over each salad.
Easy peasy, lime squeezy.