I am a big fan of anything in a loaf form. From quick breads to lentil loafs, I love them all. Lentil loafs are probably one of my favorite comfort foods; my husband on the other hand isn’t a fan of them at all. He doesn’t think lentils should be in a loaf and hates that ketchup tomato glaze that I just love. I have been on a mission to create a vegan loaf that we both can enjoy. That meant creating a non-lentil loaf with a not so traditional glaze. After brainstorming and a few trails of recipe testing, I finally found a vegan loaf that gets the seal of approval from the husband: Chickpea Veggie Loaf with Salsa Verde.
Not only is this Chickpea Veggie Loaf with Salsa Verde Vegan, it is also gluten-free! The base of the loaf is chickpeas and a veggie mix of onions, bell pepper, celery, and carrots. Lemon zest adds a much need brightness to the chickpea loaf. My favorite part of the recipe is all the fresh herbs that are used. A mix of fresh parsley, oregano, and thyme add a well balanced herb mixture to the chickpeas and veggies. Fresh herbs add so much flavor and I think they really lighten-up the Chickpea Veggie Loaf.
Sometimes veggie and lentil loafs can be a little on the heavier side which is great for the colder months; however now that it is Spring and soon will be Summer we are craving lighter recipes, but still want a filling main dish recipe that will keep us full and satisfied. This Chickpea Veggie Loaf with Salsa Verde is perfect for that!
From the brightness of the lemon zest and the use of the fresh herbs, this makes for a perfect Spring dinner entree. I think that the best part of the recipe is actually the salsa verde. It is an essential part of the recipe and really ties the recipe together. No ketchup needed for this vegan loaf! The salsa verde is filled with the same herbs that are in the chickpea loaf: parsley, oregano, and thyme. Extra Virgin Olive Oil and fresh lemon juice bring the salsa verde together and it is so good you guys. Really, the salsa verde is a must make.
I hope you enjoy this Chickpea Veggie Loaf with Salsa Verde as much as we did! If you do try it, be sure to leave or comment or tag me @thymeandlove on Instagram! Follow Thyme and Love on Bloglovin‘ for new blog posts and on facebook for any new updates!
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