Easy And Tasty Chickpea and Feta Salad

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We promise you that this colorful salad will brighten any dish. Easy, healthy, and delicious is how we describe Chickpea-Feta Salad. But please be aware YOU MUST EAT THIS SALAD THE DAY IT’S MADE or   the spinach will wilt and turn soggy.
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. olive oil
½ cup minced leek (white part only) or red onion
2 cups baby spinach leaves
2 cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 15-oz. can, rinsed and drained)
2 medium carrots, grated (1 cup)
½ red bell pepper, finely diced (½ cup)
¼ cup toasted sunflower seeds
2 heads romaine lettuce, cut into ½-inch-thick ribbons
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained, optional
½ cup crumbled feta cheese

How to :
1. Whisk together lemon juice and oil in bowl. Stir in leek, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Set aside.

2. Roll 7 or 8 spinach leaves into tight cylinder, then slice into thin strips. Repeat with remaining spinach leaves.

3. Combine spinach, chickpeas, carrots, bell pepper, and sunflower seeds in large bowl. Stir in leek mixture, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

4. Divide romaine among 8 plates, top with chickpea salad, and arrange tomatoes around salad, if using. Garnish each serving with 1 Tbs. feta, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

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