Chickpeas are a wonderful canvas to celebrate every season. In summer, we of course enjoy chickpea hummus for an easy snack or sandwich spread. Lately though, we can’t get enough of refreshing chickpea salads! Seasonal summer produce makes these salads sing, creating perfect main or side dishes at summer picnics, barbeques, or simple meals at home.
Chickpea Salad Recipes
Here are a couple ideas to get your chickpea salad wheels turning. Have fun being creative and making these recipes your own by adding fresh local produce you can find in your community.
- Mediterranean Chickpea Salad: The Mediterranean Diet is not really a “diet” but rather a style of eating. This eating pattern is associated with many long-term health benefits, such as lower rates of chronic disease. The Mediterranean Diet emphasizes foods including olive oil, vegetables, and legumes – like chickpeas! This Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is packed with chickpeas (of course) and delicious summer produce, like bell peppers, green onions, and cucumbers.
Chickpea Waldorf Salad: When you think of Waldorf salad, chickpeas may not be the first ingredient that comes to mind. Trust us though – chickpeas make this take on Waldorf salad extra satisfying, all while boosting protein and fiber. Fresh grapes provide a pleasant burst of flavor, and walnuts bring healthy fats.
More Ways to Use Chickpeas
Chickpeas are an incredibly versatile ingredient. Yes, we love them in salads, but there is almost no limit to what you can do with chickpeas.
- Chickpea Puree: A simple chickpea puree can make a great accompaniment to grilled meats and veggies alike. If you’re a fan of grilling, then check out this Grilled Shrimp and Chickpea Puree. No grill? You can also use the broil feature on your oven.
- Chickpea Pasta: Many grocery stores now carry chickpea pasta, or you can find it online. Try replacing regular pasta with chickpea pasta for a fun twist on one of your family favorites. You may also enjoy this Deviled Egg Chickpea Pasta.
- Chickpea Desserts: Yes, chickpeas also work well in desserts! They make a tasty Chickpea Cookie Dough, which you can enjoy “raw” because it does not have any raw flour or eggs.
What creative ways do you like to use chickpeas?
Leave a comment with your favorite chickpea tips and tricks to inspire others reading this blog, and let us know what you think of the recipes we shared.
Blend up chickpeas with a little bit of broth, garlic and other seasonings of choice, until creamy. Add this sauce to cooked penne or rotini pasta with what ever veggies you have on hand.