Spicy Tomato Chickpea Salad

 A plate of spicy tomato chickpea salad

Ten years ago, I didn't like chickpeas. I had never paid any attention to them because my mom never cooked with them. But when I met my husband, he invited me to dinner at his house and his mom served us a wonderful soup made with chickpeas. At first, I thought they were pealed hazelnuts! These little beans have tons of vitamins and countless nutritional benefits. I started to research chickpeas after this discovery, wondering how I could use them in my own recipes. Today, I even eat chickpeas by themselves.

Why should you incorporate more chickpeas into your diet? Simply because this bean, which tastes almost like a chestnut, is absolutely packed with fiber and protein. The tomato in this salad will support heart health and its a low calorie ingredient. A good way to introduce chickpeas into your daily diet is to throw them into a quick salad, like this spicy tomato chickpea salad!

Yield: 4

Spicy Tomato Chickpea Salad


  • 1 15oz can organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

  • 2 plum tomatoes

  • 2 stems of fresh dill

  • 1 large garlic clove (or 2 small cloves)

  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • A thin slice of red onion

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander

  • A pinch of ground cayenne pepper

  • Salt to taste


  1. Drain chickpeas from 1 15oz can. Place in a salad bowl.

  2. Dice 2 plum tomatoes and a slice of red onion. Add to chickpeas.

  3. In a skillet on low heat, add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Mince 1 large garlic clove and add to the skillet. Stir constantly. Add 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Sauté till garlic begins to brown.
  5. Add the sautéed garlic with spices to chickpeas and tomatoes.
  6. Chop fresh dill and add to the salad, along with a pinch of salt (or to your taste).



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