Little Chickpea Food Wednesday: Strawberry Basil Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Today I have not sat.

Not on the couch, nor the floor, or the rocking chair, and definitely not in my bed.

(And if you are wondering if I’ve gone to the bathroom, that’s I think a no…)

I ate my meals standing up while I did the dishes, swept the floor, and fed a baby.

And I’m pretty sure the above sentences are run-on sentences.

Even my grammar doesn’t know when to slow down.

One thing I have noticed since Sweet Pea was born is that there is more things to accomplish than ever, and I don’t have enough hours in the day to do it. There is always a mess to clean, a dish to put away, and a mouth to feed.

But one thing I’m realizing is come 8:00 at night when the littles are sleeping, and my house is still not as clean as I want it to be….

Is that I’ve spent more time washing dishes, than reading books to Boo.

I’ve put toys away again and again, instead of using them to play and interact with Sweet Pea.

I suck.

Ok, that’s pretty harsh…But that’s how I’ve been feeling.

Sometimes I feel like I need to do it all. When in reality, I don’t…

All I really need to do is be with my kids.

They don’t care if the toys are everywhere, in fact they would probably prefer they were.

They aren’t upset if there are dishes in the dishwasher, they just want me to sit and play tea party/picnic with them.

And come dinner, they don’t want me to hand them the I-Pad so they can be entertained while I cook…

They want to sit on the counter and help, taste each food item, and laugh with Mama.

And in that moment, your child has not only made you proud by trying celery and cashews, but you’ve done something with dinner time that is very special.

Food is meant to bring people together, and cooking with your kids does exactly that!

Strawberry Basil Chickpea (or Chicken) Salad


2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed OR 2 c. shredded cooked chicken OR 1 can chickpeas and 1 c. shredded cooked chicken

1 c. diced strawberries

1/2 c. grapes diced

1/3 c. diced cashews

1-2 stalks celery diced

1/4 c. finely chopped basil

salt and pepper


2-3 strawberries

2 TB. plain hummus

1 TB. balsamic

1 TB. maple syrup

2 TB. mayonnaise (We make homemade) , veganaise, or greek yogurt


1. If using chickpeas, pour them into a bowl and mash up with fork. Toss in the rest of the ingredients.

2. To make the dressing, mash the strawberries with a fork. (I used my hands to mash it really well too.) Whisk in the rest of the ingredients and fold into salad. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Serve in a sandwich, on top of a salad, etc..

To me…

A delicious dinner, a happy family, and a messy house is the BEST way to end any day!


This has been part of a series of post called Little Chickpea Food Wednesday!

Check out other Little Chickpea Food Post:

Banana Pudding

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  1. This looks ridiculously tasty! I love strawberries and basil together in more savoury dishes 🙂

  2. As a former mom of young ones, you are doing an amazing job of being a mom who loves her little monkeys…involving them in food prep & clean up at the same time! No matter their age, it will always be a balancing act…so go easy on yourself & do that one day at a time thing. What kids do remember is how you made them feel…no matter the activity…so as long as you keep laughing ( as you seem to do well in the video snippets)…your chick peas are gonna turn out amazing!!!! Stay encouraged & thanks for finding the time to teach the rest of us late bloomers how to eat healthier!!! ;). Wish I had started that when my babies were a smidge older!!!

    • Thank you so much Stephanie, your sweet words were the perfect way to start my morning! And don’t worry, it’s never too late to start eating healthy! 🙂

  3. Anyone who makes something this delicious looking couldn’t possibly suck. You’re like super woman to me. 😉

  4. I’m a bit hesitant to try this ONLY because I made a recipe for vegan “chicken” salad from a popular vegan cookbook and it turned out nasty! And being vegetarian for over 20 yrs, I’m pretty open minded with food! But, Ari I trust YOU & you haven’t steered me wrong yet so…I just might try it 😉 Thanks for being so open & honest. There is no doubt you are an amazing mama. Take those deep breaths & sit down a little more when you can! YOU deserve it too! Btw, you are just beaming with that lovey mom glow 🙂

    • I ahould clarify that the other one I tried did not have basil & strawberries so I think those additions can be a game-changer 😉

      • haha Well I am super sorry you had a bad taste with that other recipe. Did you use vegan (fake) chicken? This is just chickpeas, but I also added you can use real chicken too.
        If it’s any help, my husband ate two huge portions.. 🙂

  5. No, you don’t suck!

    We all need to balance our own needs with the needs of our little (or not so little ones), and sometimes the mess is just too much. that can make us just as crazy as the constant Mommy,Mommy,Mommy,Mommy,Mommy,Mommy,Mommy,Mommy,Mommy,Mommy, (or daddy….)
    Sounds like you have a great perspective, and that you are tuned in to the most important things (family) as well as making (and sharing) wonderful things for them (and us)!

    Cut yourself some slack, and enjoy the journey. And remember, when you need to sit down… a comfy chair, and a book, and maybe you all can get some cuddle time and in rare instances, a well deserved nap!

    Thanks for all you do!

    • haha I love the ‘mommy-mommy-mommy’ part!
      Thanks for the advice Scott and kind words! I’m just tryin’ to do my best job at being their mama, just love them to pieces! 🙂

  6. You look beautiful in those pics with Sweet Pea! I can’t wait to make this salad…I have a ridiculous amount of basil in the fridge. Do you think this serves about 4?

    • Thanks Alexis! It made about 4 ish cups. So if you gave a big scoop to each person that would work.My husband ate two huge servings, I had a large one, and boo had some..and we still had some left over.

  7. Totally understand how you feel, you feel the need to clean then feel guilty for ignoring the kiddos!! Just leave the house a mess.. the kids will grow up and then you can have them clean it up 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! Looks yummy! can’t wait to try it out!

  8. This was delicious!!! Made a ton! My
    2 year old LOVED it. The basil made it so fresh tasting.
    Thank you!!!

  9. wow! great recipe….chicken salad looks awesome and delicious…my kids must love them to eat.. I have a 5 years old kid/ ..I can’t wait to try it at home for my kids…thanks for sharing such a nice recipe


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