Chickpeas are a wonderful high-protein addition to any dish. Chickpeas are a versatile little legume that can be roasted, eaten raw, and even smoothed into a hummus. These 15 delicious recipes are all about adding chickpeas to salads, and these recipes will have you actually enjoying your greens and craving them more. Check out these recipes and many others on our Food Monster App.
1. Roasted Chickpea Caesar Salad
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Creamy, Classic, Cool. Caesar Salad. Why drop 8 dollars or more at a restaurant when you could make it at home? This Roasted Chickpea Caesar Salad from Logan Dunn and Lexus Osman is loaded with healthy fats and high in protein, this caesar salad has a creamy tofu-based dressing and roasted chickpea “croutons.” Using silken tofu instead of the traditional soaked cashews as the base for the dressing cuts down significantly on the amount of fat without affecting any of the taste!
2. Freekeh and Turmeric Chickpea Salad
Freekeh is a grain that’s similar to quinoa in that it provides ample nutrition while tasting great. This Freekeh and Turmeric Chickpea Salad by Molly Ashworth is delicious! The young, green wheat is lightly cooked, and served with garlicky mushrooms and toasted, turmeric-infused chickpeas. Dress it up with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar, or any dressing of your choice.
3. Protein-Packed Chickpea and Kale Caesar Salad
This high-protein, nutrient-dense bowl of leafy greens makes the perfect warm-weather meal. Topped with super easy cashew Caesar dressing, this dish is great for parties! You can also enjoy this Protein-Packed Chickpea and Kale Caesar Salad from Ally McLaughin as a post-workout meal that will keep you full and refuel your body.
4. Baked Falafel Salad with Two Creamy Dressings
Falafels, another great use for chickpeas in a flour form. Falafels are a Mediterranean food that is usually fried. Here we are baking them making them a healthier addition to your plant based diet. Falafels can be used in various ways like this Baked Falafel Salad and Two Creamy Dressings, or made into sandwiches using pita bread and the ingredients of the salad base within this recipe along with a nice drizzle of dressing. Try out this recipe from Julie West!
5. Roasted Chickpea Power Salad with Avocado Dressing
Ashley Smyczek‘s Roasted Chickpea Power Salad With Avocado Dressing can be a side dish, but it is also great it as a full meal. You will walk away completely full, satisfied and full of energy! This salad makes enough two, or if you’re hungry, go ahead and delve right in and have it all to yourself.
6. Chickpea Waldorf Salad
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A Waldorf salad is traditionally made of fresh apples, celery, and walnuts, tossed with mayonnaise, and usually served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer or a light meal.The addition of chickpeas, tart cranberries, and a seasoned mayonnaise make it even more delectable. If you don’t like the idea of using store-bought vegan mayo, make a tofu mayo instead or a cashew mayo. There are a ton of recipes out there for this Chickpea Waldorf Salad from Jennifer Strohmeyer. You can also use half the amount of vegan mayo or leave it out all together and just use the tarragon vinegar for a dressing.
7. Marinated Chickpea and Artichoke Salad
This Marinated Chickpea and Artichoke Salad is an easy, delicious and light salad that fancies your tastebuds and leaves you plenty satisfied, thanks to the protein and fiber from the chickpeas and artichokes. Cora Matheson‘s recipe is so versatile and can be used in so many different ways. A healthy, light and satisfying chickpea salad, combined with artichokes and peppers and dressed in a lightly spiced vinaigrette.
8. Chickpea Kale Salad Bathed in Sesame Orange Dressing
This recipe from Molly Patrick a super fast lunch that you can whip up lickety-split. There aren’t even any measurements for the salad part – it’s that easy. Plus, it’s nice to have the freedom to make up your own proportions. Like lots of chickpeas? Go for it! Super into radish? Go to town! It’s your world, we’re just here to help make this Chickpea Kale Salad Bathed in Sesame Orange Dressing delicious!
9. Barbecue Chickpea Ranch Salad
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Meet the perfect salad for your outdoor shindigs: Barbecue Chickpea Ranch Salad from Meredith Youngson. There is something seriously magic about the moment the sticky barbecue chickpeas meets the creamy ranch and becomes one big, smoky, sweet, and tangy dressing. It’s crunchy, creamy, and incredibly satisfying.
10. Buffalo Chickpea Caesar Salad
Source: Buffalo Chickpea Caesar Salad
Sunflower seeds, when soaked and blended, are wonderfully creamy, light, and delicious. The extra oil in the dressing is needed since sunflower seeds are naturally lower in fat than cashews. The chickpeas in this Buffalo Chickpea Caesar Salad from Jessica DeMarra crisp up well in a cast iron skillet, however if you do not own one, they will do just fine in a regular pan, it might just take an extra minute or two. This recipe is vegan, gluten free, nut free, and serves two generous salads or four light sides.
11. Grapefruit Grain Salad with Roasted Chickpeas
Besides being the prettiest color, grapefruits add a lot of versatility to any dish. Not only are they great in desserts, but they also work so well in savory dishes. This Grapefruit Grain Salad with Roasted Chickpeas from Medha Swaminathan incorporates fresh grapefruit in the dressing, a simple citrusy vinaigrette made with only three ingredients. The vinaigrette is used to marinate the roasted chickpeas and also drizzled over the salad, to keep the grapefruit flavor present throughout. The base for this grapefruit grain salad is farro and cilantro. The ratio of herbs and grains makes this salad a bit like a tabbouleh.
12. Roasted Spiced Cauliflower and Harissa Chickpea Salad
In this Roasted Spiced Cauliflower and Harissa Chickpea Salad recipe from Crazy Vegan Kitchen, roasted cauliflower and chickpeas sit atop a bed of greens. This one-bowl salad is just the thing you need when you’re craving something hearty and healthy. The great thing about this recipe is that it takes so little time to make — so go ahead, make a big batch, and enjoy!
13. Satsuma Orange Chickpea Salad
Source: Satsuma Orange Chickpea Salad
If you’re looking for a salad that is loaded with nutrients, but has a light, citrus taste, you’re going to want to try this Satsuma Orange Chickpea Salad by Emma D’Alessandro. Spinach, avocado, and chickpeas make up the bulk of this dish, while the oranges, lemon, and chili powder add freshness and zest. Since the chickpeas are heated in a pan first, this is perfect for people who like salads that have a bit of warmth to them.
14. Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Lime and Cilantro
This recipe is on us! This Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Lime and Cilantro by One Green Planet and this recipe is made with fresh vegetables! With the warm quinoa and the flavor from the cilantro, this dish is an amazing meal or side dish.
15. Endive Salad With Crispy Chickpeas
Kristina Jug and Mitja Bezensek‘s abundant Endive Salad is not your ordinary salad, as it combines all the wonderful seasonal greens like curly endive, radicchio, spinach, a couple apple slices, and all topped with a delicious mustard vinaigrette and crispy roasted chickpeas. Simple and delicious!
If you’re still looking for more chickpea ideas, check out these 10 Recipes You Might Be Surprised Are Made With Chickpeas!
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