Zesty chickpea and veggie salad

Zesty chickpea and veggie salad

This salad is crunchy and packed with nutrients and flavour. It makes for a perfect light and healthy meal, especially on a warm summer’s day. Enjoy!

  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 red capsicum, diced
  • Butter lettuce, washed and chopped
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives, sliced (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Prepare the chickpeas:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
    • Pat the chickpeas dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
    • Place chickpeas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
    • Roast the chickpeas in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden brown. Shake the pan occasionally for even cooking. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  2. Make the dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Assemble the salad:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, red bell pepper, red onion, olives, fresh parsley, and fresh mint.
  4. Add the chickpeas:
    • Once the roasted chickpeas have cooled slightly, add them to the salad. This will provide a delightful crunch.
  5. Drizzle with dressing:
    • Pour the lemon dressing over the salad and gently toss everything together until well coated.
  6. Optional: add feta cheese:
    • If you like, sprinkle crumbled feta cheese over the top of the salad for an extra burst of flavour.
  7. Serve:
    • Serve your zesty chickpea and veggie salad immediately and enjoy the satisfying crunch and refreshing taste!

See our ‘Lifestyle-Hopewood’s Recipe for Wellbeing’ for more recipes.

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