Recipe: Chickpea Salad

by Cate on April 14, 2011

Chickpea SaladI love chickpeas.  In a salad bar salad.  As a snack on their own.  In Mediterranean recipes.  And I love that they’re part of hummus, which can always be found in our refrigerator.  One of these days, I need to share Beth’s hummus recipe.  Good stuff.  But for today, a recipe from me … Chickpea Salad.

Super simple, and a perfect way to take advantage of whatever crisp lovelies your local grocery store or farmer’s market are offering up.  Use it as a guideline and mix and match with some of your own favorite ingredients too.  And if you want to change it up even further, instead of serving it as a traditional salad, as I did, it also tastes great in lettuce leaves or wrapped in a tortilla with a protein of your choice.

However you serve it, it’s a great way to celebrate Spring flavors and chickpeas… all in one yummy bite.  Ripe, buttery avocado?  Check.  Fresh cilantro?  Check.  Juicy tomatoes?  Check.  Guilt-free eating?  Check, check, check.

As if you need another reason to eat chickpeas, did you know that one serving gives you 51% of your recommended daily needs for fiber?  It is packed full of good stuff, helps fight off bad cholesterol, and is clean eating at its finest, so eat up, baby!

I’ll be back here tomorrow with an extra post for the week… until then!

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April 14, 2011, Photo #103

Greek Inspired Turkey BurgerNew Greek Inspired Turkey Burger recipe that I created tonight for the folks at Betty Crocker. Yummy stuff that I totally burned my tongue on.

Chickpea Salad
Recipe courtesy of Cate O’Malley

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 ripe avocado, roughly chopped into bite-size pieces
1 large plum tomato, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
dash of hot sauce
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juiced

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, folding gently so as not to mash the avocado.  Serve.

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Casey April 15, 2011 at 1:27 am

I love chickpeas, too. Bookmarking!

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Joanne April 15, 2011 at 6:17 am

Chickpeas are absolutely my favorite legume and I swear I crave them almost daily! This salad looks delicious!

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Maris (In Good Taste) April 15, 2011 at 7:57 am

That is one very nice looking salad! I am also a huge chick pea fan!

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beth April 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

that hummus has made repeat appearances at work the past two weeks. my coworkers had been pestering me to make it for them again. i adore chickpeas. yummalicious.

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Ramona April 15, 2011 at 11:38 am

I’ve had them in hummus, but that’s about all.

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claire April 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Mmmmmmmmm…that’s all I have to say! :-)

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