nicely spiced: chickpea & carrot salad with fried almonds

spiced carrot & chickpea salad with fried almonds | everybody likes sandwiches

May is birthday month. In my small surviving family, my dad, my brother and me were all born in May. Now that I’ve joined forces with my husband and his small family, we can add another birthday at the tail-end of April – which is definitely almost May. And that means, a lot of cake baking and a lot of cake eating. I’m not complaining. But as much as you’d love to, you can’t live on cake. Thankfully, there’s this lovely little salad on those non-cake days.

spiced carrot & chickpea salad with fried almonds | everybody likes sandwiches

I know, it doesn’t look like much. Chickpeas, carrots, parsley and almonds. Pantry staples if ever there were any. Look in your fridge and cupboards and I’m almost sure you’ll have all the ingredients ready to go. Simple, solid ingredients but the results are pretty noteworthy. I’ve made this salad twice in a very short period of time and I can see myself chowing down on this on the reg’. It’s citrusy, smokey and a little bit spicy – though you can addd more cayenne for more bite. The carrots are fresh and crunchy while the parsley makes this salad feel like you’re doing something good. And the almonds? Well, that’s like icing on the cake, so to speak.

spiced carrot & chickpea salad with fried almonds | everybody likes sandwiches

Now that I’m writing this all up, I think some dried cranberries (or raisins) and maybe a sprinkle of feta would be a good addition. Next time. And there will be a next time. Like maybe for lunch.

spiced carrot & chickpea salad with fried almonds | everybody likes sandwiches

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13 comments to “nicely spiced: chickpea & carrot salad with fried almonds”

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    Joanne   May 16, 2013 at 3:33 am

    I made a salad similar to this yesterday but with a cumin vinaigrette! Now I can’t wait to try it with this dressing. I’m really into carrot salads these days.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar   May 16, 2013 at 4:56 am

    This looks soooo good!! Such a fun recipe!

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    Ruthy @ Omeletta   May 16, 2013 at 5:32 am

    I love everything about this salad! It looks like a great light lunch that winds up keeping you full forever. I love the fried almonds.

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    Rosemary   May 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Hi, I just discovered your blog. I really love chickpeas. They’re so perfect on their own or cooked into something. The first thing that caught my attention was how colourful your salad is. I know it’s going to taste scrumptious!

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    Eileen   May 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    This salad sounds like so much more than the sum of its parts! I bet I could eat a whole big bowl of it for lunch and declare myself well satisfied. :)

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    Elizabeth Mars   May 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    This looks like a must make salad, love the instant accessibility of all the ingredients. I used to make a dressing for a curly endive salad with ground almonds, dried chilli, oil, vinegar and a bit of sugar and the ground almonds really took to another place, so I think it’s definitely worth trying with the ground almonds.

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    Jarome   May 17, 2013 at 8:13 am

    The first thing I’ve noticed in this post is the color of this salad because its well presented and looks very delicious. I’m not a fan of chick pea, but with your recipe It’s a must try. Keep it up! XOXO

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    janet @ the taste space   May 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I am totally on a chickpea and carrot kick, too. This looks so enticing. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   May 20, 2013 at 7:01 am

    This dish looks amazing!! I’m all about the protein and fiber these days and this salad has plenty. I also love the spice combination you’ve used and the fried almonds are so genius! A great salad to make for a picnic too!

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    Blond Duck   May 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I can just see this with some roasted chicken!

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    Amy @swiss miss in the kitchen   May 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

    This salad looks absolutely fantastic!! The colors are so beautiful!! Love it :)
    xox Amy

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    Katie   May 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I made this for lunch yesterday and it was delish. Making your potato and green bean salad with miso dressing for lunch today!

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    kickpleat   May 27, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Joanne, I love carrot salads too – and this one has cumin in it too!

    Thanks Katrina, I think so too :)

    Ruthy, it’s very filling and it’s certainly something you could add extra protein too – like grilled chicken or tofu!

    Thank you, Rosemary! Glad you’ve found my little space over here :) Enjoy!

    Eileen, yes, most definitely. I was happy to have this salad around for quick lunches and sad to see it go. I’ll be making this again soon.

    Okay, I’m sold, Elizabeth! I’ll grind up those almonds, stat!

    Thanks Jarome, colourful usually means delicious in my book :) Enjoy!

    Janet, thanks! Glad I’m not alone here :)

    Joanne, I’m sure you’d love this salad – and yes, it’s the ideal picnic salad! Hope you had a great time in Montreal!!!

    Blond Duck, definitely!

    Thanks Amy!

    Katie, so glad you enjoyed this – and that miso dressing salad is another favorite. I hope you love that one too! Thanks for sharing!

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