Chickpea Mediterranean Style Salad

A deliciously refreshing Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is a great addition to a summer meal filled with protein and fiber.

The salad holds its own as a meal in itself, making it a low calorie meal.

It is loaded with juicy Cherry Tomatoes, Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Feta Cheese, Tofu and Mint.  All these ingredients are chocked full of healthy nutrients, vitamins and protein!

I hope you will add this crisp salad to your summer menu!

To Healthy Eating!

Melissa

Chickpea Mediterranean Style Salad

Cool refreshing Mediterranean inspired salad offers a healthy nutritous salad to your summer menu!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Lunch, Salads, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups Chickpeas if not from a can, soak for 5hr or overnight. Rinse super well before cooking. Simmer until done.
  • 1/2 lemon Juiced
  • 3 tbps olive oil
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1 cups cherry tomatoes Slice in half
  • 2 med Cucumbers
  • 1/2 Red Onion thinly sliced
  • 2 small sprigs Mint
  • 1/4 cup Feta Cheese Optional; diced or crumbled.
  • 1 tsp. Red pepper flakes Optional
  • Baked Tofu or grilled Chicken Optional: additional proteins - Diced
  • 1-2 tbsps 100% maple syrup If you want to add a bit of sweetness

Instructions
 

  • If using fresh Chickpeas: Soak overnight, or in hot water for 2-3hrs. The more they soak the better to soften and breakdown to make more digestible. Place in boiling water and simmer until soft.
  • If using canned Chickpeas: Drain and rinse well. Place in the salad bowl.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, juice of a half lemon and the maple syrup. Set aside.
  • Slice cucumbers into about 1/2 inch thick slices. Red onions in half and then sliced thinly. Cut cherry tomatoes in half.
  • Pull Mint leaves from the sprigs.
  • Transfer all the vegetables in with the bowl with the chickpeas. Add the dressing, and toss gently.
  • Add your extra proteins if desired: Diced grilled tofu or chicken.
  • Add optional Feta Cheese and red pepper flakes.

Notes

Melissa's Modifications:  As you may have noticed, I added all my modifications into my Mediterranean Chickpea Salad...minus the grilled chicken of course! I pan grilled my tofu and seasoned with Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Sesame and what I didn't used, stored for future dishes.
Nutritional Values: Per Serving - 331 Calories; 19g Carbs; 4.8g Fiber; 157.6 mg of Sodium; 20g Fat; 11g Protein