Favorite Chick Pea Salad


This is my go-to summer salad. It's crisp, flavorful, and goes with everything. With the help of my garden and a pantry staple I usually have all of the ingredients on hand. The addition of chick peas and a bold dressing really transform all of the ingredients into something incredibly delicious. This is the perfect side to anything grilled or can even stand on its own for a light lunch. I promise if you give it a try, it will become one of your new favorites.


Ingredients for Favorite Chick Pea Salad:


Salad:

1 15-ounce can Chick Peas also known as Garbanzo beans

1 English cucumber, peeled, halved, seeded and diced

1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup red onions, diced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley or a combination of both


Dressing:

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 teaspoons white pepper


Time-Saving Tip: The salad can be assembled in advance and dressed about 20-30 minutes before serving. The dressing can be made in advance.


Let's see what we need.


We're ready to cook.


I always like to prepare the dressing first. I like to add all of the dressing ingredients in a small jar. Once I add the ingredients I put the lid on the jar and shake. It's easier for me. If you don't have a jar a small bowl and spoon to stir works, too. Set aside.


Add all of the salad ingredients to a large bowl and combine. Give the dressing a few shakes and toss it into the salad. That's it...easy-peasy.


It's ready! It looks so delicious that I always start eating it right out of the bowl. I've been making and serving this salad for 20 years and I never tire of it. It's one of those simple recipes that everyone loves. And leftovers are awesome the next day.


Enjoy!

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