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Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad

We always have a can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans or ceci beans) in our pantry for a quick side dish or salad. Rich in protein, fiber, and minerals, this is one versatile carbohydrate that satisfies hearty appetites.


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 5 to 6 turns on a pepper mill (black peppercorns)
  • One 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup seeded and diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces


In a medium bowl, combine the oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, salt, hot red pepper flakes, oregano, and black pepper. Incorporate well with a whisk, then add the chickpeas, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and basil. Let the salad marinate for 20 minutes, then serve.

Serves 2 — Recipe from Chef Bill Kim, Urbanbelly, Chicago, IL