Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chickpea Salad

By: The Food Hunter
It’s certainly hot here in Arizona this time of year; and while I love to cook dinner every night, meals that won’t heat up the house are a must for me. This refreshing Chickpea Salad takes minutes to make, requires no ovens or stoves to be turned on and is both delicious and good for you.

Although I think its perfect just the way it is you can easily improvise with additional or alternative ingredients. Maybe try it with white beans or substitute basil with mint. Anything goes and the possibilities are endless. Serve it with a side of fresh pita bread for a little more substance and enjoy!



Chickpea Salad

(printable recipe)
1 can chickpeas
1 large tomato, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 roasted bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup chopped fresh basil
4 black or green olives, pitted and chopped
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
1-2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Put them in a large bowl and mash them with a fork until the beans break up a bit.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and toss until everything is combined and coated in dressing. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding lemon juice as needed. Serve right away with pita bread or refrigerate up to 2 hours.

26 comments:

  1. I love chickpea salads! Green olives sound like a great addition to this salad that I will have to try! And I agree, it is WAY too hot for the oven.

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  2. It's not as hot as Arizona here in NY but I still love meals where I don't have to turn on the oven - sweating is no fun! Love this salad!

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  3. My fiance would love this! He's always looking for healthy lunch options and he loves chickpeas!

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  4. I could eat this every night and never tire of it!

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  5. I buy chickpeas all the time and I'm always looking for new ways to use them - thanks for sharing!

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  6. Love chickpeas. What a great healthy salad. Thanks for this recipe.

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  7. I agree, during the summer I want meals that are fast and don't require me to heat up the kitchen!

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  8. My brother and his wife love chickpeas. They'd really enjoy this!

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  9. Chickpeas are my go salad filler... this makes an ideal lunch for me!! and my kids laugh, but I do leftovers for breakfast. :)

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  10. I have a new found love for chickpeas. I'll have to give this a try!

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  11. I have a couple of cans of chickpeas in my pantry and was trying to find something to do with them besides hummus or falafel. Love this idea!

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  12. My personal trainer recommended I eat more chickpeas. This salad is going on the menu! Thanks!

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  13. I have made similar salads and they have been delicious. I like that you give us alternatives. Thanks.

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  14. This looks and sounds delish! It would also make a great addition to a potluck or picnic. Thanks!

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  15. I love all of those ingredients! This would be perfect for small group coming up!

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  16. I love chick peas but definitely don't eat them as much as I'd like to. This sounds tasty and easy to make. I will be sure to give it a try!

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  17. I'm a big fan of chick peas...and not heating up the oven every night during the summer! Can't wait to try ti!

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  18. Yummy! My girls would devour this for lunch!

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  19. I'll have to try this next week...my boy love chick peas.

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  20. Any ideas for if we're avoiding legumes?

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  21. Love chick peas! Sounds really great!

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  22. This looks delicious and perfect for hot summer nights.

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  23. Chickpeas are a great add to a salad!

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