Have you ever been so hungry that you couldn’t think about what you wanted to eat because you were just too dang hungry to think about it? That was me this afternoon. My stomach was eating itself, making enough noise to concern my dogs, and I was ready to bite the head off of anything that got in-between me and the refrigerator. Not very vegan like of me, I know, but come on, I was HUNGRY!!!
Like I said, I was too out of control to think about what I wanted, I just wanted something, anything, as long as it would stop the crazy brewing inside of me. I can’t really tell you what happened while I was concocting the salad I ended up with. If I had truly been thinking I’m not sure that I would have come up with it on purpose. But, you know what, I’m really happy that I did.
Once the food reached my tummy, and my jitters subsided, I actually started tasting what I was eating. Fortunately for me, it was all good. And low calorie. And healthy. And really, really, good.
Sometimes the best things in life are created by accident. Like this salad. Would you have ever thought of putting sweet watermelon with tomatillo salsa? I wouldn’t have. But it happened, and I liked it.
Watermelon, tomatoes, chickpeas, jicama, cilantro, and tomatillo salsa make one hell of a combination. You’ve got your sweet, your tangy, your savory, your spicy, and your fresh. You also have some crunchy, some juicy, some creamy, and some chewy. Then there are the colors, pink, red, white, yellow, and green. If food could be a firework, this would be the grand finale.
Some of you might be asking yourselves if you should trust me on this one. Others are already on their way to the supermarket to buy the ingredients. I say, trust me, and yay for you adventurous foodies!
Of course, I had to make a second salad to photograph and share with you. The one the velociraptor (that would be the ravenous me) ate first didn’t look pretty, and we all know that presentation is almost as important as taste. So here you go my friends, pictures of a pretty, healthy, crazy compilation of yumminess.
Tell me what you think. If you’re like me, you might have to make a second salad too, for photographing, of course. I didn’t eat the second one, really, I didn’t….
Make sure you rinse your chickpeas well. If you don’t they will have a slimy texture from the water that they were packed in. A good shower under the faucet makes all of the difference.
Can’t you just smell the freshness? I love watermelon.
Jicama, it’s crunchy and a little sweet. It makes a great “chip” for dips when sliced into thin rounds.