Two Favorite Chickpea Salads

By food contributor Sarah

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Today I’m sharing my two favorite no cook chickpea salads. I’ve brought one of these two beauties to more potlucks and picnics then I’m willing to admit.

Here are the reasons I love them:

1. Compliment any main course from fish to grilled steak or chicken kabobs.
2. Require no cooking – just washing, chopping, and whisking.
3. The protein packed chickpeas please vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and meat eaters alike.
4. The perfect thing to have sitting in your fridge for a light lunch or quick snack.
5. Travel beautifully to a park picnic or friend’s BBQ.

Keep reading for the recipes…

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Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers & Capers
2 large roasted red peppers, sliced into thin strips
3 cups of cooked chickpeas, rinsed if canned (about 2 15-ounce cans)
1/4 cup of parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons of mint, chopped
3 tablespoons of capers, rinsed
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice plus zest of 1 lemon
big pinch of salt
2 cloves of garlic, minced
5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Stir lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, garlic, and olive oil together in a bowl then toss in everything else. Done! I like this salad best at room temperature but cold is yummy too.

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Chickpea, Watercress & Mango Salad with Lime-Curry Vinaigrette

3 cups cooked chickpeas, rinsed if canned (about 2 15-ounce cans)
2 roasted red bell pepper, diced
1 mango, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 cucumber, peeled, halved, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 bunch watercress (about 2 cups), washed and dried, large stems removed, roughly chopped

1 lime, juiced
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon honey
4 tablespoons canola oil
salt & pepper

In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, roasted red pepper, mango, cucumber, and watercress. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lime juice, curry powder, ginger, honey, oil, salt, and pepper. When ready to serve, toss with dressing. Done!

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Comments

the mango one looks good like i imagine mango counters the chewy chickpeas very nicely it looks really delicious!

Chickpea salads seem to find a happy life as the contents of a lunch wrap when you need a little something more. I’ve got a kale, red cabbage and chickpea salad chilling out in my fridge right now that has made it into a tortilla and then into my tum twice this week! I’ll have to try one of these recipes out next!

Both of these sound awesome I think I’ll make the Chickpea Salad with Roasted red Peppers and Capers for lunch today.

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