This chickpea salad is the perfect summer meal.
It’s easy to throw together on days when you are too hot to cook, and makes a great lunch or dinner option.
The best thing about this chickpea salad is that there is no cooking involved at all, but there is a great protein hit to fill everyone up.
Chickpeas (or you might call them garbanzo beans?) have loads of protein, fibre and lots of other goodies so they are perfect in this vegetarian meal. Plus you can use them straight out of the can for this recipe, just give them a rinse and they are ready to go. So easy!
The dressing for this salad is super easy to make too. You can make it from scratch, or you could use your favourite store bought dressing.
You can easily vary the salad ingredients in this recipe. Change them up to add whatever you like best, or whatever you have in the fridge. Adding some salad onion or capsicum would be delicious, if I you don’t have kids who hate them like I do! And if we’d had any parsley growing in the garden I would had added some of that too, but whatever herbs you choose make sure they are fresh.
- 400 gm tin chickpeas (rinsed)
- 1 small cos lettuce
- 3 medium sized tomatoes
- 1 medium sized cucumber
- 1 small bunch mint - chopped
- A handful of basil leaves - chopped
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- salt and pepper to taste.
- Combine the dressing ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
- Add the rinsed chickpeas and stir until they are well coated with the dressing.
- Chop all the remaining salad ingredients and gentle toss together with the chickpeas until combined.
Vary the salad ingredients as you wish - add salad onion, capsicum, olives or parsley
Please note: this recipe uses Australian measurements and temperatures, if you need to convert measurements or temperatures you can find our printable cooking conversion chart here.
Do your kids eat salads?
One of my teens LOVES salad and she often takes this chickpea salad as her school lunch. My other kids don’t mind a good filling salad either so this one, and our easy pasta salad recipe, are favourites for dinner on a hot summers night.
I’d love to add a few more kid-friendly salad recipes to our summer menu, so please share a recipe or a link in the comments if you have a family favourite.