Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

This Cucumber and Chickpea Salad with Citrus is a healthy, light lunch option with chopped veggies–tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, celery–and fresh herbs are tossed with plump BUSH’S® Garbanzo Beans in a lemon-lime vinaigrette.

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I came across this lovely photo of my mom and her sister, Barbara, who were mistaken as twins many times in their growing up years. Mom and Aunt Barb were very close, loved their families, Jesus, and the outdoors. I love looking at old photos; there’s just so much character to this picture. These 2 sisters shared so much in life, including hunting, camping, cooking, canning, river trips, fishing, you name it, they loved it. Even though my mom has been gone for years now, what a grand reunion it will be when these 2 sisters meet again face to face. My heart skips a beat when I think of that old hymn, What a day that will be

mom and sister 1961

Salads for lunch.

If you had to pick one type of dish that my mom made regularly over her lifetime, I’d say it was in the “salad” catagory. She grew up on a farm, and always had a garden herself. So with cucumbers, tomatoes, and a can of beans, she whipped up lots of summer salads.

A light, satisfying weekday lunch is what everyone dreams about, because we know we feel better, we look better, and it’s better for our health. Somehow, a salad helps my husband and I feel like we’re “on track” with our goals and healthy lifestyle for the week, so I cook a lot of salads for lunch.

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Beans stocked in the pantry.

Having some basics already made certainly helps. I like to keep beans stocked in the pantry, make extra, standard ingredients ahead of time?–like rice, quinoa, farro–and keep pre-chopped veggies on hand in the fridge. In fact, I wrote a post about it, here, about how to eat healthy lunches and keep those good habits going!

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Cucumber and Chickpea Salad with Citrus.

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite summer “lunch” salads: Cucumber and Chickpea Salad with Citrus, with fresh chopped veggies–tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, celery–and fresh herbs. Toss it all with plump BUSH’S® Garbanzo Beans, in a lemon-lime vinaigrette. It’s so fresh and yummy!

I know that Mom and Aunt Barb also ate smaller portions … I used to think they ate like birds. I bet I know why they did this. It was good for their energy and health, to help avoid that afternoon slump!

What is a favorite light lunch of yours?

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Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Fresh chopped veggies--tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, celery--and fresh herbs are tossed with plump BUSH'S® Garbanzo Beans in a lemon-lime vinaigrette.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (16 oz) BUSH'S® Garbanzo Beans, drained
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 rib celery, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in beans, cover and turn off heat. Set aside.
  2. Gently toss all remaining ingredients in a large salad bowl. Add the beans.
  3. Serve topped with additional parsley, if desired.

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More easy healthy lunches:

Apple Celery Walnut Salad {Aggie’s Kitchen}

Black Bean Salad Boats {Wears Many Hats}

Pecan Grilled Chicken Tender Salad {Tidy Mom}

California Marinated Salad {Dine and Dish}

Summer Macaroni Salad {RecipeGirl}

Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

5 comments

  1. I cannot wait to try this salad! It looks and sounds delicious! I love having a salad for a healthy and light lunch. It really does make you feel good, not to mention it doesn’t give you the “I need a nap after a heavy meal” feel. Thanks for sharing Sandy:)

  2. I could eat this bowl all by myself! Pinned!

  3. This looks and sounds amazing…and so fresh! Definitely will give it a whirl.

  4. Why do you cook the beans?

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