Marinated Chickpea Salad is one versatile dish that can be eaten for lunch, dinner or snack. This vibrant looking salad with beautiful colors is full of nutritional benefits. I have been addicted to its since a long time, first because it is extremely simple to make and tastes amazing and second because it is chock full of health benefits such as protein, fiber, folic acid and manganese.
This recipe, in particular, is my favorite because of the flavors absorbed by chickpeas when marinated for a few hours. It can be summarized in just three steps – make the vinaigrette, then marinate chickpeas in the vinaigrette for few hours and lastly add veggies of your choice when you are ready to serve.
I prefer to soak chickpeas overnight as I am trying to avoid sodium from my diet, which comes in the canned foods. I simply pressure cook or boil the chickpeas until tender.
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Below is the recipe for Marinated Chickpea Salad
Ingredients for Vinaigrette:
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 tbsp. oil
- 4 tbsp. lemon juice
- 3-teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 10-15 mint leaves
- 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
- Salt as per taste
Ingredients for Salad:
- ½ pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/4th red onion, finely chopped
- 2 Persian cucumbers, diced
- ½ cup Cilantro, minced
– In a blender, mix all the ingredients for the vinaigrette and make a thin mixture.
– In a large bowl, combine chickpeas and vinaigrette and toss well to coat them properly.
– Cover the bowl and refrigerate for minimum 30 minutes for chickpeas to marinate. You can even leave it overnight and add the veggies right before serving so that it stays fresh and crisp. Marinating the chickpeas enhances its flavor and makes it taste great.
– Add chopped veggies and mix them well so that it is evenly coated with vinaigrette.
– If you are a spice lover like me, sprinkle just a bit of McCormick’s sriracha seasoning. It tastes absolutely heaven!
I was a little hesitant about using apple cider vinegar at first as I don’t like its smell but after making this recipe I’ve been a fan of apple cider vinegar and have discovered so many different ways to use it. Hope you like them as much as I do!
This recipe was originally created as Chickpea Salad for Blogihealth.com by me as their guest blogger.