Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Indulge in the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean with this vibrant and nutrient-packed Chickpea Salad. Filled with protein-rich chickpeas, colorful vegetables, and a tangy dressing, this salad provides essential nutrients, supports heart health, and contributes to overall well-being.
Chickpeas are an excellent source of plant-based protein, fiber, and folate, promoting satiety, healthy digestion, and red blood cell production. The assortment of vegetables offers an array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, supporting immune function and reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
• 2 cups cooked chickpeas
• 1 cucumber, diced
• 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
• 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
• 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
• 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
• 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 clove of garlic, minced
• Salt and pepper to taste
HOW TO MAKE IT
1) In a large bowl, combine the cooked chickpeas, diced cucumber, diced bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, red onion, Kalamata olives, chopped parsley, and chopped mint.
2) In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
3) Pour the dressing over the chickpea mixture and toss gently to combine, ensuring all the ingredients are coated.
4) Let the salad sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
5) Serve the refreshing Mediterranean Chickpea Salad as a light and nutritious lunch option or as a side dish to complement any meal.