EVERYDAY SALAD W/ FIG DRESSING

EVERYDAY SALAD W/ FIG DRESSING
I have a confession to make, I admire the way one can smell a new season. I soak it all in while strolling through the woods, similiar to eating with all my senses I like to be very conscious and sensible in nature. Smelling the fresh yet colder air, new plants, listening, touching and gazing. It is a way to connect and ground myself. I am aware that it makes me look like a total hippie but I don’t care. It makes me happy and keeps me inspired. Since fall is my favourite season of the year I wanted to show you guys a simple everyday salad which changes a little bit depending on the season. Figs are the fruits of autumn! And they are everywhere in my house right now. As long as I can get them, I will. The ripe fresh fruits are juicy, wholesome and so darn delicious!

Figs are among the most alkaline fruits, containing fiber and potassium aswell as calcium and iron.
A healthy sweet little treat which can be your friend too!

Everyday Salad w/ Fig Dressing
1/2 cup Quinoa
2 purple Carrots
2 fresh Figs
1/3 Cucumber
1 Stalk Spinach Chard
1/3 cup Chickpeas
handful pumpkin seeds
Fig Dressing
4 fresh ripe Figs
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp Lemon juice + zest
1 tsp Salt
pinch of cardamom + cayenne pepper
Directions
Rinse the quinoa, cook it for 15 minutes on low heat in 1 cup water.
Shred the carrots, cut the figs, cucumber and the green part of the chard in thin slices.
Roast the pumpkin seeds for a few minutes. Let them cool down a bit.
Add chickpeas and combine everything in a bowl.
Toss around carefully with clean hands.

Mix all of the dressing ingredients together in a food processor. Pour over the salad!
Most important part – ENJOY!
How do you connect to nature/seasons? With a particuar food? Smell? Activity?
Tell me three things in the comments. & Meet me here or hop over there!
I am curious to meet you! 

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Now the story I am dying to tell you for some time. Kind of big news, well for me it’s big, exciting & awesome news –
maybe for you aswell or just a teeny tiny bit. But check this out –
A recipe made by me is featured in the next issue of chickpea magazine.
Rad right?
I am beyond proud and honoured to be part of such an amazing magazine!
I love their style, photography, message & recipes! It’s a quarterly season inspired vegan magazine with stunning photography, food and texts. Without any ads and made on the softest, robust paper. It has such a unique quality and beauty – my eco/hippie/foodie/crazy/euphoric heart jumped the first time I came across one of their issues.
AND you can browse a free digital version here http://issuu.com/chickpeamag/docs/fall13_free
Let’s celebrate fall, the issue, chickpeas in general ( why not?!) & my recipe!
I hope you’re gonna love it as much as I do!
love, hugs + chickpeas,
Gina