Chickpea and Smoked Trout Salad

kayaking to Mosquito Island

It’s austral summer here in the South Pacific, and we marked the start of the season by kayaking to Mosquito Island outside of Suva.

For our picnic lunch on the beach, I made a simple salad with two cans of chick peas, one can of Trader Joe’s smoked trout and a handful of sliced kalamata olives. The flavor punch comes from the smoked trout, which is packed in oil. The olives add some tartness. I sprinkled in a bit of garlic powder, but that’s optional. Hand mix the ingredients, and you’re good to go.

chick pea and smoked trout salad

With the holiday season upon us, this dish is also good to serve as a side for Christmas. It can balance the richer types of food on the table since chick peas are nutritionally dense with carbohydrates, protein and fiber.

Mosquito Island