Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

An easy healthy chickpea salad recipe, Cucumber and Chickpea Salad, served with Citrus, tossed with plump garbanzo beans in a lemon-lime vinaigrette. Watch the new video!

Cucumber and Chickpea Salad
One of my favorite things to do is sit in the sun and enjoy a healthy salad for lunch! This chickpea salad recipe has “summer” all over it, and is one of my favorite salads.

Chickpea salad

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.

Can you put chickpeas in a salad?

A big hearty, YES! 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.

Adding chickpeas in a salad is a great source of protein!

Best Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

How long does chickpea salad last?

I would say this salad lasts about 5 days in the fridge, but if you open a can of chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) they can last up to 10 days in a sealed container.

Mom and Aunt Barbara

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 sister 1961
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

Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

Today’s salad is 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!

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!

Watch the video and ENJOY!

Light Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

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Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

Fresh chopped veggies–tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, celery–and fresh herbs are tossed with plump BUSH’S® Garbanzo Beans in a lemon-lime vinaigrette.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4

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

Instructions

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

Video

Notes

Originally posted AUG 2015

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 Recipe

7 comments on “Cucumber and Chickpea Salad”

  1. Made this for the first time today, definitely a keeper. Delicious 😋 

  2. I’ve been making this exact same salad for years :) It’s really refreshing and filling. For extra flavor, I sometimes toast the chickpeas with garlic.

  3. Why do you cook the beans?

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

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

  6. 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:)

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