You can create a chickpea salad packed with a protein punch without adding meat!
This chickpea salad with feta cheese and avocado will keep you full for hours. It satisfies anyone who is craving salt, sweet, cheesy or juicy. I love chickpeas, and this beautiful chickpea salad combines all of my favorite fresh vegetables in one delicious bite.
What is the difference between garbanzo beans or chickpeas salad?
In short, they are the same thing- the same legume. The term “chickpea” is used more by English speakers, while the term “garbanzo” came from the Spanish language and used more in European countries. No matter what you call it, chickpeas are packed with fiber, protein and contain minerals and vitamins. The nutty taste and grainy texture of chickpeas pair well with other ingredients and foods (like this salad).
Benefits of Chickpea
Low in calories- 46 per 1 ounce
Fiber - slows the rate that sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Protein- essential for the muscles, cartilage, skin, bones, and blood.
Iron- need to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
Manganese- promotes healthy nerve and brain function.
14oz canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 english cucumber, quartered and sliced
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
7oz feta cheese, crumbled or chopped
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dry chives, chopped (fresh works too)
Salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
Combine all of the salad ingredients together.
Make the dressing by whisking together all dressing ingredients. After you mix the salad with the dressing, add salt to taste.
Garnish with chives (optional).