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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Crunchy Chickpea Salad

Pin It There are a lot of good things to say about chickpeas. They are a good source of protein, very low in fat, very filling, and in my opinion, very tasty too. Oh, and did I mention versatility? Chickpeas can be used in soups, salads, as side dishes, or as a snack. And it's pretty inexpensive too. So with all that going for them, why aren't these beans more popular?



My guess is that most people just never see chickpeas on the menu except at Indian restaurants. And while I love a good Chola Masala, I think it is a shame that garbanzo beans don't get more exposure in the restaurant scene.

So I am doing my part to promote these wonderful food! As usual here at Pink Bites, this is an easy dish, healthy and it is a perfect meal for one.




Carrots and celery give this salad a nice crunch, while the sun-dried tomatoes bring a punch of unexpected flavour.



Crunchy Chickpea Salad Recipe:


1 can chickpeas, drained and well rinsed


2 celery stalks, chopped


1/2 red onion, finely chopped


2 carrots, chopped


a handful of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped


chopped parsley


shaved Parmesan


Make a salad dressing with 1 part lemon juice or vinegar, 2 parts olive oil (I mix a little bit of the sun-dried tomato oil), salt and pepper.


Mix all ingredients and the dressing, I like to put them in a Tupperware, close the lid and shake it.


Top it with Parmesan shavings and freshly ground pepper.

9 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Lovely salad!!! I'm a huge fan of chickpeas.

Snooky doodle said...

NICE SALAD. SO COLOURFUL

Mochachocolata Rita said...

wow, look at those fabulous colors! i always love chickpeas but haven't had the time to try playing with them...hope i'll get to try soon :)

Leila said...

I like chickpea but I am very lazy to make a chickpea salad and I don't know why...
your salad looks delicious!

Holler said...

I love chickpeas and cannot resist popping them into my mouth like sweeties, when I am supposed to be cooking with them. Your salad sounds good :)

Kevin said...

I really like the sound of this crunchy chickpea salad.

Rita said...

Veggiegirl - welcome to the chickpea fanclub!!

Snooky Doodle - thank you very much

Rita - just go ahead and try it, it can be as easy as opening a can,rsrs

Leila - it's so easy! And super healthy

Holler - I had the same problem, so I solved it by having a container in the fridge pretty much at all times, just for snacking.


Kevin - this salad is really crunchy, you'll love it.

Nirvana's Kitchen said...

Loving this recipe! I adore chickpeas!

Smas said...

Hi!
I did this salad and it is really very, very good!!!!
Thanks for sharing

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