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Chopped Chickpea Salad

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Chopped Chickpea Salad makes the perfect light lunch for those busy days. This salad has chickpeas, chopped vegetables, fresh parsley and a light lemony dressing with za’atar {or the seasoning of your choice}.  You could even try this salad with grilled chicken on top, in a pita sandwich or over hummus. 

Chopped Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas in salads are my thing.

When Sunday rolls around and I start meal planning for the week ahead, salads are top of my list.  Lunch can be crazy at my house between trying to feed Andrew after nap time and then making it on time to pick up Will from preschool. Pre-made salads that are portioned out ahead of time are the key to my lunch success throughout the week.

Chopped Chickpea Salad

The nice thing about a salad like this Chopped Chickpea Salad is the versatility that it offers. You can add so many additional things to your salad depending on your tastes. With this salad I have added different types of cheese from feta to blue cheese. Do you like roasted red peppers or artichokes? Slice up a few of those and throw them in.

Chopped Chickpea Salad

The dressing on this salad is a light lemony dressing with some za’atar for spice.

Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice that I love adding to salads with lemon and olive oil.  I buy mine when I visit my parents and we make a trip to Asheville, NC.  The Spice & Tea Exchange always has small little bags of za’atar that are perfect for these types of salads, so stocking up is always in order when were are there. I have tried a lot of different variations of za’atar and their’s is my favorite. I think their secret is a little extra dash of sumac and sesame seeds.

If you are wondering where to buy za’atar check your local grocery store’s ethnic area.  If you don’t have luck there head to a specialty store that carries more ethnic ingredients. 

Za'atarIf you aren’t a fan of za’atar or can’t find it, then you can substitute a different spice in its place. A few good options that I have tried include paprika, oregano or sumac.

Chopped Chickpea Salad

Chopped Chickpea Salad

Chopped Chickpea Salad

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Chopped Chickpea Salad makes the perfect light lunch for those busy days. This salad has chickpeas, chopped vegetables, fresh parsley and a light lemony dressing with za'atar {or the seasoning of your choice}. You could even try this salad with grilled chicken on top, in a pita sandwich or over hummus.

Ingredients

  • 1 15.5 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon za'atar {optional seasoning, you can use other seasoning in its place like sumac or paprika or oregano}

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the chickpeas, celery, cucumber, green peppers, onion, cherry tomatoes and fresh parsley.
  2. In a mason jar put the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and seasoning of choice. Put the lid on the dressing and shake.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir. Add more of less seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Refrigerate for one hour. Serve cold.

Notes

If you have leftovers you can store the salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you eat the salad again you may have to add more olive oil or lemon to taste if the salad has soaked it up.
Other options to add to the salad:
Feta cheese
Goat cheese
Blue cheese
Cube Mozzarella
Sliced roasted red peppers
Grilled chicken
Sliced artichokes

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Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

I do love chickpeas in salads! This sounds amazing!

Julia

Thursday 19th of February 2015

Me too! Thanks Chandra.

Juliana

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

Nice and healthy salad Julia...I love the idea of chickpeas in it...yes, I have sumac, but never thought in adding it to salad...thanks for the recipe. Hope you are having a great week :)

Julia

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

Thanks Juliana! We love adding a sprinkle of sumac with lemon and olive oil. It is one of my favorite things to put on a salad. Hope you try it out and like it. :)

Melanie | Melanie Makes

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

Julia, I've been craving salads as of late and the flavors you've packed into this one sound absolutely delicious!

Julia

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

Thanks Melanie! If you want something light but flavorful this is your salad.

Stefanie

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

Trying to feed yourself while feeding little ones at the same time is hard! I love the flavors and crunch in this salad!

Julia

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

I am sure you and I are on the same page with that one! :)

Marjory @ Dinner-Mom

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

I think we could be fast friends. I looove chick peas too! Love the dressing..checking out your other chick pea recipes too! :)

Julia

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

If you like chickpeas then yes, we would be great friends! :) I have a slight addiction whether it is salads or lots of hummus!

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