Zesty chickpea salad

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What do you think of chickpeas (are they called garbanzo beans in the USA)? I’m a bit unsure – they’re great whizzed up, but so often I find them dry and pasty. So when I started experimenting with chickpea salad ideas I really, really didn’t think I’d like any of the end results. How wrong I was – left to marinade in a flavourful, zesty dressing, the chickpea can become a pulse of note!

Terribly simple to make, but rather stunning to look at, this salad has converted me! Next step, to find a cooked chickpea recipe that also delights my taste buds!

Chickpea Salad (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

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  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red chilli, finely chopped (or a whole one if you like a bit more heat)
  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 sprig mint, roughly chopped
  • 1 sprig basil, also roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • (If you eat dairy, some feta would be nice crumbled over the top)

– Whisk together the lemon, oil and salt. Taste and set aside.
– Combine all the other ingredients.

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– Pour over the dressing and stir well
– Leave to marinade for at least 2 hours before eating.

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lucylox

Welcome. I'm a Cordon Bleu trained chef and mother with a passion for cooking vegetarian food. All recipes featured here are dairy, egg, and nut-free, thus 'accidentally' vegan, as my children are allergic to those. My aim is to recreate any dish, even what seems impossible, but free of the ingredients we can't have, and log my exploits here. Please browse what is now several hundred recipes. All the recipes posted (unless stated) are my own creations.

17 thoughts on “Zesty chickpea salad

  1. I bet this would be great with some avocado, too and I never tried marinating chickpeas before! Such a good idea, thanks for sharing. ☮

  2. have you got Hugh Fernley Whittingstall’s Veg Everyday? there is a great recipe for north african chickpea and squash stew. i don’t like squash or chickpeas that much but i love that dish (l leave out the pasta and serve with couscous instead – means the left overs are more useful). i am really enjoying your blog – lots of lovely ideas.

  3. I love them all the way, roasted they are even more fantastic! I love this easy combined salad a lot, often I vary the ingredients . I also love chickpeas in tofu scrambles or even in an omelette!
    Mmmmmmmm,….😋

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