Hey Guys! It’s a super busy week for me. Classes start at the Community College Monday, and I’m in full fledge prep mode. I’m teaching five classes, two of which I didn’t teach last semester, so I have my work cut out for me, but I love it. After three years of trying to find the right job for me after blogging, I’ve concluded, I need to teach. Unfortunately, I only have a one-year contract, so fingers crossed I can turn this into a more permanent gig.
Anyway, I’m swamped, and I haven’t done much in the kitchen lately, so I decided to share an old recipe that has been, surprisingly, requested by a few people in the last few weeks. Honestly, I forgot about this one, so I’m glad they reminded me about it!
The following was originally posted in February 2019…
I’ve recently discovered the amazing combination of cheese and dried cherries. I know, it sounds weird, but seriously… good!
The other day I smeared some Laughing Cow Light Swiss on Cucumber slices and then topped with a cherry. It was a fun, sweet twist on standard cheese and crackers. Well, cheese and cucumbers, my “cracker” replacement.
I liked the combination so much I decided to turn it into a lunch salad. It was delicious!
Chickpea and Cucumber Salad with Dried Cherries and Cheese
Yield 3 cups
Cucumbers, Chickpeas, Cheese, and Cherries make the perfect combination of textures and flavors in this simple salad.
Here’s what I did…
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- pinch of kosher salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup dried cherries (40g)
- 1 cucumber cut in chunks
- 1 can of chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 2 Mini Babybel Sharp Original cut into small chunks
Add the vinegars, oil, parsley, salt, pepper, and cherries in a large bowl. Whisk everything together.
Add the cucumber, chickpeas, and cheese. Toss to coat everything.
- Of course, you could use any cheese you like but the sharp is what goes great with the cherries. When I originally posted this recipe I was working with Laughing Cow, hence the name brand product placement.
- Sometimes I like to cut the cherries in half. They can be quite large!
- This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a potluck!
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9 g
Total Carbohydrates 40 g
Dietary Fiber 8 g
Sugars 17 g
Protein 11 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.