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Chopped Chickpea Rainbow Salad

I have really low tolerance for crappy food. And one of my biggest pet peeves is eating a crappy meal when on vacation – such a waste! I also hate trying a new recipe that is just meh. To help prevent this, I’ve start relying heavily on friends for tried & true recipes, and a few of us contribute to a shared Pinterest board of Recipes Worth Repeating (Anna gets credit for starting it). This is a recipe that my friend Alise gave me that she had tweaked, and I tweaked it just a little more. It’s definitely a recipe worth repeating.

Chopped Chickpea Rainbow Salad

Bonus – it makes a lot so you have leftovers (and it’s definitely better the next day anyway). I’ve been eating it for lunch over greens all week, and it’s also great topped with some hemp seeds and/or nutritional yeast for extra protein.

Chopped Chickpea Rainbow Salad
Chopped Chickpea Rainbow Salad

Makes about 9.5 cups

  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced – I used red & yellow for some lovely color
  • 7-10 green onions, green & white parts sliced
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped fine
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ heaping teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika (Trader Joes carries this)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional…or add more 😀 )
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

Step one: Combine all ingredients.

Step two: Eat it. (But, if you can let it sit for at least a couple hours before eating, I recommend it.)

Chopped Chickpea Rainbow Salad

If you are interested in more salad recipes, check out my “how to build a better salad” e-book! 

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  • Jenna

    This looks sooo good! I’ll definitely be making it soon!

  • Samantha @ What's Up, USANA?

    This looks so good and so simple too!

  • Christine

    This looks incredible!! I love light salads like this. Going to have to try this next week!

  • Rosey Rebecca

    Yum! So colorful! Looks delicious.

  • Sana

    I love anything with chickpeas, so I know this will be awesome! I hate wasting calories on food that does not taste good!

  • Sam @ Barrister's Beet

    This looks great! This is very similar to a version I make every week to eat as a snack or with my lunch. Thanks for sharing! Love all the colors : )

  • Julie

    I totally get ya on not wanting to waste calories on something that isn’t yummy (especially when you’re splurging on vacay!). Great idea to create a pinterest board for repeat-worthy recipes!

  • Rege

    OMG. I follow you on Instagram and saw your post about this the other day and decided to make this for my lunch for this week. I just finished it and had a quick taste and wow! It was so delicious! If it taste that good before sitting in the fridge for a while, I can’t wait to have it for dinner tomorrow. Thanks for posting such great recipes!

  • Rege

    Ooops, meant for lunch tomorrow 🙂

  • Annie

    I have a board on my Pinterest page for the same thing – recipes I’ve made before that are really tasty and also easy to put together: https://www.pinterest.com/mrothecat/food-make-it-again-quick-and-tasty-meals/

    I look forward to going through your board for some that I can add to mine 🙂