Vegan Mediterranean Salad with chickpeas\r\nI promise this is not going to be an entire post dedicated to Violife's Feta Cheese but I would like to take just a moment to profess my love for this delicious Vegan Cheese. It\u2019s what puts this Vegan Mediterranean Salad over the top!\r\nTo Be Honest, It's Where This Recipe Came From!\r\nSince the day I tried Violife's Feta, I have been wanting to put it on everything but realized it really needs a proper backdrop.\r\nSo, I Started Doing Research\r\nWhat is a proper Mediterranean Salad? What greens do they use? ...dressings? I had so many questions as I really wanted to make this as authentic as I could.\r\n\r\nMy research lead me to discovering that their salads are not full of leafy greens like ours do in the U.S. *Shock Face* ...as my whole idea of what a salad is has evolved from iceberg lettuce to bowls full of leafy greens! From my understanding, to order this style of salad there, look for menu item that say, "Field Greens."\r\n\r\nWhat do their traditional Mediterranean Salads look like then?\r\nLet Me Show You!\r\nThis recipe SO much better than I could have imagined, so much so, I have craved it weekly since I created it. The greatest part of our recipe is it contains zero oil in the dressing, is full of micronutrients, protein, raw veggies & flavor!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\n\n\tVegan Mediterranean Salad with Chickpeas\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\t\tLemon Tahini Dressing1 tbsp tahini1 tbsp lemon juice1\/2 tsp garlic powder1\/4 tsp maple syrup1 - 1 1\/2 tbsp waterSalad2 plum size tomatoes or 1 medium size1 cucumber1\/2 cup chickpeas4 kalamata olives1\/4 cup red onon, sliced half moons (optional if you like raw onion)1 oz Violife Feta Cheese or other feta style vegan cheese1 pinch black pepper2 pinches salt2 pinches oregano, dried\t\n\t\n\t\tLemon Tahini DressingIn a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients except for water. First add in 1 tbsp water continue to whisk. Should be like a standard dressing(not too runny). If it appears to be too thick, add the other 1\/2 tbsp water & whisk. Set asideSalad AssemblyChop tomatoes & cucumber in to bit-size chunks. Cut red onion in to half moons(if using--I did not as I'm not a fan of raw onion being this pronounced on a salad) On a large plate, spread out chickpeas. Add chunks of tomato, cucumber & onion(if using). Drizzle with dressing. Chop kalalmata olives & place all around the plate. Place 1oz chunk of feta cheese on top of vegetables. Sprinkle with black pepper, salt & lastly, oregano. *Note: I used 2 pinches of salt because there is zero salt in the dressing. Omit if desired* :: Best served fresh ::\t\n\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\t\tSaladChickpeas, Mediterranean, Oil-Free Dressing, Salad, Vegan\t\n\n\r\n\r\n\r\nI hope you 'crave' this recipe weekly just like I do. When you make it, don't forget to tag us on social media!\r\n@veggl_veganeats on Instagram\r\n@VeggL on Facebook\r\nIf you are looking for other fresh & light salad recipes, you need to also make our Kale & Apple Salad.\r\nIt literally converts non-kale lovers in to kale lovers!\r\nEnjoy!!\r\n-Jen\r\n\r\n \r\nDid you love this Recipe? What if they could magically show up in your inbox once a month? Wouldn\u2019t that be amazing?!? Well, I hope you\u2019re sitting down, because they can!!! Now you\u2019re probably thinking, \u201cSure, but that must cost thousands of dollars.\u201d You would think so, but NO, it\u2019s totally Free!!! Can you believe it?!? Just head over and sign up for our Super Awesome Vegan Emails that come straight to your inbox, once a month. That\u2019s it!