My Favorite Summer Cheese Board: Chickpea Salad Recipe and Sweepstakes!

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You know what I love most about a summer party?

If you’re thinking ice cream, that is certainly a big one. I do love a good dessert platter, but ultimately I am all about a cheese board or plate or platter. Whatever you want to call it, it makes me incredibly happy. And now I make my own!

What are my secret ingredients? Cheese, of course, and I use havarti and swiss and colby jack, and pretty much anything. Then I love pepperoni and salami. I pair it all with a chickpea salad (homemade, of course) and some antipasto – store bought or thrown together easily at home with provolone. When you have all that goodness, what’s the most important food pairing? This is an easy question. It’s crackers, of course. And that’s why I’ve found a love with Blue Diamond® Nut-Thins.

They are my go-to snack for the summer, and also for my summer entertaining, with July 4th, Labor Day, and all of our birthdays crammed into two months of parties. They make for a delicious snack that is crunchy and crispy like a potato chip, but sturdy enough for dips and toppings. That’s why it’s perfect for my summer gatherings because I dip them, put cheese and pepperoni on them, or use them as vehicles for antipasto and chickpea salad. This is important for many of my friends that they are wheat & gluten free, and made with real Blue Diamond® Almonds. There are no artificial flavors and there’s a crispy, crunchy texture that is oh so good. I love that there is a wide variety of flavors to try and enjoy as well.

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Homemade Chickpea Salad:

What You Need:

2 cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Edamame
1/2 cup red and green peppers
1/3 cup carrots, diced
2-4 Tbsp dried cranberries
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt & Pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp sunflower or grapeseed oil
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp sugar
Seasonings – basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.

What You Do:

1 – In a large bowl, combine your garbanzo beans, edamame, peppers, carrots, cranberries, and garlic.

2 – In a smaller bowl, combine the oils and seasonings and whisk until blended

3 – Pour the contents of the smaller bowl over the beans mixture and toss with salt and pepper

4 – Enjoy!

YUM, right? It is one of my favorite recipes. And I love that it goes perfectly with Nut-Thins. They are crispy and sturdy and every flavor holds my salad well, but I think the original flavor is my favorite to pair with it. They all work!

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What’s your favorite item on a cheese board? Other than cheese, of course!

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Grilled Cheesy BBQ Chicken Tacos

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One thing that’s always a little surprising to me, is the range of dates with back-to-school time across the US.

For as long as I can remember, up here in the Northeast, we go back after Labor Day. I know some of my friends are already sending their kids back to school within the next week or two. This will be our first year going back before Labor Day at the end of August. Even though Des doesn’t start kindergarten until September, Scarlet doesn’t know that yet! The thing is, we have one more month of summer. To me, that’s a lot of possibility. It’s road trips still to happen. It’s a lot of summer meals.

And the good news is that this recipe today can be eaten year-round for the most part!

I tend to make an “End of Summer” bucket list, because I’m not someone who enjoys summer ending. Fall is absolutely delightful around here, but I’m a summer girl! You know I love sundresses, sunglasses, ice cream, and grilling recipes.

That’s why I bring out my A-game in August. Last year, that’s when I visited Alaska – my biggest life dream. This August, Cassidy and I will be attending a convention in Boston and I paid extra to meet my favorite actor of all time. There are still three months left of my favorite ice cream stand being open, and the late summer produce is off the hook around here. In fact, we use our own lettuce in my taco recipe. We don’t grow our own corn, but we use local corn tortillas to grill into hard taco shells. And for my personal favorite taco topping, we head to Walmart for Heluva Good!® Block Cheese.

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We have always loved it! This is my favorite go-to BBQ recipe, and this is my favorite cheese as well. I love cheese and crackers, because who doesn’t, but I also love to get creative with my cheese. Heluva Good is great for that – it provides the ultimate snacking experience no matter the occasion. And it makes for a GREAT dinner or party recipe.

It’s mouthwatering, gluten free, made with milk, and with 0 grams trans fat per serving. I love that it’s a good source of protein and also an excellent source of calcium. It comes in an assortment of flavors I can get easily in the dairy aisle.

Now, we can talk tacos. We love to make our own hard taco shells. They taste so fresh and delicious off the grill! First, we get corn tortillas from a local restaurant. You can’t get fresher than that! Then we brush them with olive oil and grill them. The best part is when we add the Heluva Good next. This tastes so good, that it’s honestly enough for me as is! As much as I do love to add taco toppings, I think using the right cheese and the right taco shells is key for a GREAT meal.

Grilled Cheesy BBQ Chicken Tacos with Homemade Taco Shells

Yield: 4 tacos

Serving Size: 1 taco

Grilled Cheesy BBQ Chicken Tacos with Homemade Taco Shells

Ingredients

  1. 1 lb ground chicken
  2. 1 packet taco seasoning
  3. 1/4 block Heluva Good! Cheese - Colby Jack, shredded
  4. 1/2 can pinto beans
  5. 1 avocado
  6. Romaine lettuce, shredded
  7. BBQ sauce - enough to coat your chicken
  8. Sour cream to taste

Instructions

  • 1. Cook your chicken in taco seasoning
  • 2. Brush the corn tortillas with olive oil and grill at 400 for 2-3 minutes each side until crispy
  • 3. Add Heluva Good! Cheese until melted
  • 4. Coat cooked and seasoned chicken in BBQ sauce
  • 5. Pile tacos with desired toppings
  • 6. Enjoy!
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It’s an easy recipe, and it’s about the quality of the ingredients you choose. It’s the taste of the homemade taco shells, the local ground chicken, and the AMAZING cheese. It’s my perfect meal, and we have it often in our house – year-round.

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