Monday, May 10, 2010

Chickpea Salad

I am proud to welcome, Nicole, author of the creative blog, Cooking with Coley. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading her witty writing style and fantastic recipes. She lives by two mottos: That any dish can be healthier without sacrificing flavor and that anyone can cook if they try.


Thank you Nicole, for sharing your wonderful talent with us.

With summer right around the corner and lots of barbequing already in action, I have been trying to get creative and healthy with new side dishes. I’ve always been a fan of chickpeas or garbanzo beans, either in their basic form as a salad topping or in hummus and falafel, but lately I’ve been utilizing them in new ways. For example, recently I came across an excellent recipe for roasted chickpeas, and oh my were they tasty! Who knew chickpeas could be a snack?!


Chickpeas are delicious and nutritious; they’re a good source of folate, protein and dietary fiber. They’re also quite filling which is always a plus for me.

When I was walking through Whole Foods last week, I saw a container of a chickpea salad. Instead of adding it to my cart, I exclaimed to my boyfriend “I want to make a chickpea salad!” For some odd reason, the thought had never crossed my mind until that very moment. I Googled “chickpea salads” when I got home and found quite a few variations but decided to make my own using some of fresh produce I had stocked up on that day. Here’s how I went about it, but feel free to add your own flair… just be sure to let me know if you have any other recommendations. ;)



What you’ll need:

• 1 can of chick peas (rinsed and drained)

• ½ of red bell pepper, chopped

• ½ yellow bell pepper, chopped

• ¼ of red onion, chopped

• ¼ cup of shredded purple cabbage

• 1 ear of fresh corn (or a half a can of sweet corn)

• 1 handful of chopped cilantro

• 2 tbsp light Italian dressing

• Salt and pepper to taste



Procedure:

• Toss the ingredients together, chill and serve.


And that’s it! Simplicity is my thing, and if you want more simple, tasty and healthy recipes, please check out my blog, Cooking with Coley.

Before I leave you all, I want to thank Lazaro for inviting me to contribute to his brilliant blog. I’m honored to be a part of such an insightful and creative composition of recipes, food facts and inspiration.

Cheers!

53 comments:

  1. Yum, that looks delicious! I also love chickpeas in almost any form :)

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  2. I'm so into chickpeas right now and this looks so fresh and delicious. Definitely going to add raw corn to my next chickpea medley. Thanks!

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  3. I love a good salad recipe that includes some protein and this sounds great!

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  4. I love chickpeas. I will have to make this recipe!

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  5. When I go to a salad bar I always load my salad with chickpeas. So I know I will love this recipe.

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  6. This sounds great=it's simple and I love chickpeas...Thanks Nicole, I'll definitely check out this recipe and your blog.

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  7. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableMay 10, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Hi Coley :) Welcome and thank you for sharing your talent with us!

    Anything with chickpeas and cilantro will have me sniffing around with more than a little curiosity LOL This looks so fresh and lovely! I would grab a spoon and dive right in!

    Thanks Lazaro for introducing us to Coley, another one of the seemingly unending line of talented bloggers you have a knack for sniffing out!

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  8. I'm adding this to my chickpea recipes. I like having a variety of salads in the refrigerator all summer long. And, I'm hoping that summer will arrive soon--not today, however.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  9. Look terrific! Thanks for posting this, I am going to try it.

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  10. Been some time since I cooked chickpeas. The last time I cooked them was with some spices and curry leaves. This looks like a great way to start me on chickpeas again.

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  11. Oh! This salad looks delicious, easy and healthy!

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  12. Nicole...Thank you again. As you can see from the reaction your post is a hit. I love the colorful presentation and the fresh simple approach to the chickpea dish. When you have good ingredients it is best to let them sing. A+ dish.

    Cheers!

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  13. Chick peas are always so versatile in the kitchen, and who can refuse a good hearty and fresh salad like this one?

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  14. One of my favorites it goes with everything and this looks so fresh and wonderful to eat the picture ...awesome!

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  15. Ever so healthy, Lazaro! I love the idea of cabbage and chickpeas.. novel and lovely!

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  16. Coley, your post reminded me I haven't used chickpeas all spring. I love your chickpea salad. I would have never thought of including the red cabbage and corn. How creative of you. I'll have to give it a try.
    Sam

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  17. A lovely, nutritious salad that is packed with flavor...just perfect for summer. Chickpeas are a favorite here.

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  18. As always, it's beautiful. And a healthy and filling side dish. Perfect for our BBQ this weekend. I'm going to give it a try!

    Thanks!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  19. wow that looks absolutely amazing! Yum!

    xo

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  20. I'm so glad everyone is pleased with my post - I was a bit nervous to live up to the caliber of what Lazaro and Nancy bring to the table. Thanks for your comments everyone, and please link me to your chickpea recipes on my blog!

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  21. Wonderful salad with chickpeas! I love the addition of fresh corn too!

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  22. I have dried chickpeas in the cabinet, so I am soaking them right now...I also love Balela salad, another great way to eat these lovelys!

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  23. There's so many wonderful things you can do with chickpeas. This looks so fresh and simple--I love all the colors!

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  24. Love this wonderful fresh salad! If you ask me I would love to add a bit lemon juice and bit chopped green chilly to make it bit hot and tangy!

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  25. NO kidding...I had something similar yesterday, and today too! Chickpeas are just too good to miss in any foodie's life.

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  26. I really love this blog; such great and inspiring recipes. Chickpeas are a favourite of mine and as you say, pretty filling. Delicious.

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  27. Thanks Nicole for sharing a great recipe! I haven't had much of chickpeas but this dish might be the reason for me to try

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  28. oooooooooh, two thumbs up! (Three, if I had them, but I don't :P). Haven't had anything with chickpeas in a while, not even hummous. I guess my stomach is due:)

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  29. Chic pea salads... one of my favorites! This is nice change from what I usually throw together. It's easy to get caught up in the same thing, but I think I may be inspired to try a new one! :)

    My salad includes: chic peas, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, black olives, chunks of fresh mozarella, little bit of red onion and an italian dressing. Toss it all together... super tasty!

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  30. Hey Lazaro & Nicole, I love chick peas a.k.a. garbanzos. They are possibly my favorite bean (maybe). This salad sounds excellent. Oh, and thanks for reminding me to throw some beans in water to rehydrate tonight!

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  31. OOO I heart chickpeas! This is such a colorful salad and so easy to throw together! I will have to give this a try!

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  32. Thank you for sharing your chickpeas salad with us Coley. I think chickpeas are a great ingredient to add to salads because they add a little more taste without loading up on the salad dressing. Your salad sounds delicious with all those ingredients - great choices!

    Thank you Lazaro for another lovely guest post :-D

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  33. This is a very colourful chickpeas and it look so yummy, well done.

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  34. Awesome, delicious and so easy to put together.
    A real winner x

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  35. I love that you decided to make this yourself rather than buy it in the store! I do things like that all the time. This would be a great salad to accompany burgers or some grilled meat. Yum!

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  36. I am intrigued with the Italian dressing! I usually read chickpea recipes with Mediterranean spices, this is something new to try... Love the colors! I should try this... U

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  37. Looks positively amazing! I really love the color combination, as well as the amount of nutritive substance. Very well done!

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  38. This sounds delicious! I'm a huge chickpea fan and can't wait to give this one a shot :)

    Oh and I'd love it if you sent over your mohawk pix!!! :)

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  39. Lovely salad - chickpeas are one of those things I can literally not stop eating ... but there are worse things I could be munching on!

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  40. Love chickpeas...this looks amazing! Will defin. be making it soon!

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  41. colorful and yummyful!! ***** for the salad!

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  42. I agree with other comments here that this recipe looks delicious. I still can't get over that I like chickpeas now because I used to hate them. I think I just didn't give them enough of a chance. It was hummus that eventually won me over. Now I'm totally converted...and I'll be adding this recipe to my chickpea list. Thanks to you (and to Lazaro for inviting you to guest post)!

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  43. What a great, springy salad! Looks delicious! And healthy :)

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  44. Chickpeas are healthy little gems and delicious. This salad looks outstanding to try often, thanks for the recipe!

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  45. thank you so much for the comment!

    as usual, this looks delicious!!

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  46. Such a colorful and healthy dish! Love chickpeas and any dish with chickpeas in it. Thanks for sharing your delightful recipe with us Coley :)

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  47. Lovely guest post! This salad looks so fresh and healthy. It's absolutely gorgeous with all the colors in there!

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  48. A deliciously healthy looking salad! Beautiful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  49. What a beautiful dish, love chick peas. Just wonderful:)

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