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Chickpea, Crisp Apple and Coconut Salad

Chickpea, Crisp Apple and Coconut Salad 6.000

Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post

Jul 17, 2017

This salad may remind some Indians of the traditional chickpea and mango snack called a sundal.

For a different gazpacho, you can mix each serving of this salad with a cup of room-temperature coconut milk.


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Tested size: 6 servings; makes 6 cups

  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon liquefied coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cane sugar
  • 2 cups Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into 1/4-inch pieces (from 7 ounces total)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups rinsed and drained no-salt-added canned chickpeas (from one 14.5-ounce can; may substitute raw sprouted chickpeas)
  • 2 cups fresh mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen/defrosted grated coconut, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds, for garnish


Whisk together the shallot, jalapeño pepper, coconut oil, vinegar, sea salt and cane sugar in a mixing bowl. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

Toss together the apples and lemon juice in a separate bowl, until well coated; this will help keep them from browning.

Combine the chickpeas, sprouts, coconut and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Stir in the apples, then add the shallot mixture and toss to coat evenly.

Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.

Garnish with the sunflower seeds just before serving.

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From Massachusetts food writer Visi R. Tilak.

Tested by Helen Horton.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 190

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 8g 12%

Saturated Fat: 6g 30%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 370mg 15%

Total Carbohydrates: 25g 8%

Dietary Fiber: 7g 28%

Sugar: 9g

Protein: 7g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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