Spicy Chickpea Salad (Garbanzo beans for my US subscribers)

Chickpeas are nothing less than fabulous.

  • They are full of fibre, most of which is insoluble meaning that these little nuggets help keep guts clean and healthy, and tummies flat.
  • They are protein powerhouses, great as an alternative to meat, and children tend to love them as they are mildly flavoured and take on the flavours around them (try roasting chickpeas with maple syrup as a crunchy snack)
  • This fibre and protein combined makes for excellent blood sugar management, which is good new for everyone who has busy days and wants consistently high energy levels.  I also find that giving my two year old this quality of fibre and protein with her evening meal, means that she stays fuller for longer and subsequently sleeps better.
  • Lastly, but importantly these little pearls are chock full of phytonutrients, a kind of antioxidant, that works to repair and maintain the health of cells all over our bodies.

i made this salad as a super quick side dish to some pan fried sea bass fillets, it was amazing and complimented the fish beautifully, but I soon learned that equally, this is substantial enough on its own as a simple vegetarian meal.  Its also going on my BBQ salad repertoire list!


Ingredients – serves 4 as a side dish

400g cooked chickpeas (I use Sainsbury’s Organic in a carton)

12 or so cherry tomatoes quartered

1 tablespoon white white vinegar

2 tablespoons good oil (I use avocado)

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Juice of half a lemon

Teaspoon of finely chopped fresh red chilli

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

Good pinch of salt and black pepper

Handful of fresh coriander (basil or parsley would also be nice)


Drain the chickpeas in a sieve and give them a quick rinse, set aside.

In a large mixing bowl add everything but the chickpeas, tomatoes and coriander (or your choice of herb).  Mix really well.

Then add tomatoes and chickpeas.  If you are serving this right away, add the herbs.  If you can, leave this for an hour or two the flavours really come together, then add the fresh herbs up to half an hour before serving.

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Categories: Dairy Free Family Recipes, Fit Fork, Impressive Starters, Lunchbox Fillers, Summer Family Recipes

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