I’ve got another embarrassingly easy recipe for y’all! Welcome to this super simple Mediterranean chickpea salad. Yum!
This is the salad I turn to when I’ve got very little time and am looking for a boost of goodness. Chickpeas are jam-packed with protein, and if you’re on the lookout for more meatless meals, these babies are your best friend! Regularly including these little guys in your meals can have a real impact on your health.
A super healthy food
These special members of the legume family come packed with nutrients and are a great source of fibre and, like I already mentioned above, protein! Because they’re high in fibre and protein, they keep you feeling fuller longer. Do you know what that means?! You’re less likely to be snacking on unhealthy temptations throughout the day! And as someone who gets indulgent cravings, this is a Plus Plus for me!
Chickpeas may also help manage your blood sugar levels, help your digestion, and protect against heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
A no-fuss, affordable addition
What’s even better is chickpeas can be eaten in a variety of ways – and I enjoy all of them! They make for a no-fuss, affordable, convenient addition to any recipe.
- In hummus? Yes, please!
- As a crunchy roasted lil snack? Uh, heck yes!
- In soups and salads? Yummers!
- Hot or cold? You guessed it!
And the list goes on…
Because of how versatile and accessible chickpeas are, they are a great place to start if you’re new to this whole “taking better care of yourself” thing. It couldn’t be easier to pick up a few cans of chickpeas on your way home from work and make yourself a healthy meal. Feeding your body the nutrients it needs is a major part of this whole self-care thing I keep talking about. After all, physical self-care is important and shouldn’t be overlooked!
You only need 9 ingredients
I used canned chickpeas for this recipe because it’s just easier. However, you can absolutely use dried ones if that’s what you prefer. I realize canned chickpeas are not AS nutritious as dried ones, but my thinking is this – I’d much rather be eating ANY chickpeas than none at all!
A tip when buying your canned chickpeas ⇾ look for low- or no-sodium options.
Besides the star of the show, this recipe uses eight other ingredients, all which you’ll likely already have at home.
You’ll need some:
- kalamata olives
- a couple of hard-boiled eggs
- some chopped sweet onion
- extra virgin olive oil
- cider vinegar
- sea salt + black pepper
And feel free to add more or less of what you like. After all, this is YOUR day of self-lovin’ + care and you get to decide! 🙂
Now, for the fun part
Combine your (drained and rinsed) chickpeas with your olives, onion, and parsley in a medium bowl. Next, dress the salad with your vinegar and oil, salt and pepper. Lastly, garnish with whole olives, parsley, and egg wedges. Enjoy!
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Simple Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Enjoy this quick and easy protein-packed Mediterranean Chickpea Salad.
- 1 19-ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed low- or no-sodium if possible
- 9 kalamata olives pitted and halved + some whole for garnishing
- 2 hardboiled eggs cut into wedges
- 1/3 cup sweet onion, chopped (or to your taste)
- 1/2 cup parsley, chopped save some for garnishing
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or to your taste)
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar (or to your taste)
- sea salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine your chickpeas with olives, onion, and parsley in a medium bowl. Dress salad with vinegar and oil, salt and pepper. Garnish with whole olives, parsley, and egg wedges.