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Fresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Fresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasFirst off, I know that post title is a bit of a mouthful. And that’s the pared down version! I also wanted to tell you right off the bat about the peppery watermelon radishes, crunchy, pink pickled onions, tender kale and nutty pepitas. Suffice it to say this grain bowl is bursting with flavors, colors and textures and is my new favorite make-ahead (and eat for days in a row because I’m hooked) meal. We’ve been stuck in a dinner rut for a while now and seem to make the same basic pastas, soups and pizzas week after week, and those old standbys have been tasting…blah. I’ve had very little appetite the whole time I’ve been pregnant (weird, huh) so the biggest motivator behind this grain bowl was making something really healthy and super flavorful, so even when I’m not that hungry I’m excited to eat it. And it worked! This is the first meal I’ve eaten in a couple weeks that I haven’t forced down half of, then passed off on Ponny, my dutiful husband/human composter. I’ve even gone back for seconds.

Fresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasLet me tell you why. First, the corn salad – my inauthentic yet addictive version of esquites – is incredibly creamy yet fresh tasting, with a little bit of char on the corn and a sprinkle of cilantro and red onion. The chickpeas are wonderfully crunchy and flavorful thanks to a dash of cumin and cayenne. I love pickled red onions on anything and everything. Who wouldn’t!? And then the dressing. At first the cilantro is really bright and in your face and then, magically, it mellows out to a creamy, nuttiness with a subtle kick of garlic. It ties the whole thing together and I’m tempted to put it on every sandwich, bowl, pizza and sundae I make from now on. I cooked the brown rice in vegetable stock, so even the base of this bowl is extra savory.

Fresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasFresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasFresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasThis grain bowl is nourishing, refreshing, filling but not heavy and makes for great leftovers. I think that checks all the bowl boxes! The recipe looks long, but that’s just because there are several toppings to prep and it’s all pretty quick and easy. Feel free to double or triple the recipe for extra easy dinners and tasty desk lunches throughout the week. I hope you enjoy it!

Fresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Yield: 2 bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • vegetable stock
    For the pickled onions
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 rounded tsp salt
    For the crispy chickpeas
  • 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp salt
    For the corn salad
  • 1 cup fresh corn, removed from cob (1-2 cobs)
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
    For the creamy cilantro dressing (makes about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp pepitas
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic (1-2 cloves)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
    The other toppings
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 4 stems kale, leaves removed
  • 1 watermelon radish, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp pepitas

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice according to the package directions. While rice is cooking, prepare the toppings.
    For the pickled onions
  1. Combine the water, vinegar, sugar and salt. Stir until dissolved. Add the onions to a mason jar or covered bowl and cover with the vinegar mixture. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 3-4 hours.
    For the crispy chickpeas
  1. Preheat oven to 325º F. Pat drained chickpeas dry. Toss with the oil and seasonings. Spread in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.
    For the corn salad
  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the corn to the skillet and stir to coat in oil, then spread in a single layer and leave for 3-4 minutes or until you hear popping. The corn should have a bit of char. Stir again to char the other sides. Repeat a few times, then remove from heat and toss with the remaining ingredients.
    For the cilantro dressing
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.
    For the other toppings
  1. Steam the kale for 4-5 minutes until tender. Season to taste (I added a very small pinch of salt).
  1. Divide the cooked rice between two bowls and add toppings as desired.

Notes

Everything can be made in advance but the chickpeas; they won't stay crunchy overnight.

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Fresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasFresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasFresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasFresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasFresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh Kosmas

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2 Comments

  • Reply Anne October 10, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Just discovered your blog through Beautiful Mess. Your photography is so beautiful! Truly a work of art. There are SO many blogs out there these days so it’s nice to see something fresh and unique. Thanks for inspiring me to get creative and cozy! I’m pregnant too, btw–35 weeks!

    • Reply Kayleigh Kosmas October 11, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Anne,

      Thank you so much for your kind words! And congrats on your little one. It will be so much fun to have a new babe around for the holidays! 🙂 We have a little longer to wait but it’s starting to feel so real, yikes!

      Kayleigh

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