Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Published:  06/18/2024

Dive into the Flavorful Depths of the Mediterranean: Chickpea Salad

Dreaming of a trip to the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean? You can bring those vibrant flavors right to your kitchen table with this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. This protein-packed salad features juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and briny olives, all tossed together with chickpeas and a light, tangy Italian dressing. Crumbled feta cheese adds a creamy, salty punch that finishes this dish off perfectly.  Whether you're looking for a satisfying lunch, a refreshing side, or a healthy meal prep option, this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is a delightful option.

Beyond the delicious flavors, this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is a nutritional powerhouse! Here's why it's such a healthy option:

Packed with Plant-Based Protein:  Chickpeas are the star of the show, offering a protein source for vegetarians and vegans. They keep you feeling fuller for longer, making this salad a perfect lunch option.

Fiber Fiesta:  Chickpeas and the chopped vegetables are loaded with fiber, which aids in digestion, promotes gut health, and can help regulate blood sugar levels.

Healthy Fat Focus:  Extra virgin olive oil in the dressing provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. These fats can help lower bad cholesterol and promote feelings of satiety.

Vitamin & Mineral Medley:  The colorful vegetables in this salad offer a variety of vitamins and minerals essential for overall health. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and lycopene, while cucumbers provide hydration and essential electrolytes.

Customizable for Dietary Needs:  This recipe is easily adaptable! You can use low-sodium chickpeas and reduce the salt in the dressing for a lower sodium option.

This Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is a delicious way to fuel your body with essential nutrients and keep you feeling satisfied and energized.

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Ingredients

•    2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
•    12 kalamata olives, sliced
•    8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
•    1 yellow or orange pepper, chopped
•    2 small cucumbers, chopped
•    1/2 small red onion, chopped
•    3/4 cup chopped parsley
•    1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Italian Salad Dressing  
•    2/3 cups extra virgin olive oil     
•    2 Tbs white vinegar    
•    2 Tbs water  
•    2 cloves garlic     
•    1.5 tsp coarse sea salt  
•    1.5 tsp sugar   
•    1 tsp each dry oregano and dry basil    
•    Black pepper to taste 

Instructions
1.    Toss the chickpeas and chopped vegetables together in a large bowl.
2.    Mix together the dressing ingredients in a glass jar. When ready to serve, pour about ½ cup over the salad and mix well.
3.    Add the feta cheese. Mix.

Notes: 
You can bring the sodium content down by using canned beans without added sodium and halving the salt in the dressing. 

Make the dressing ahead of time. 

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