Saturday, February 3, 2018

Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad


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Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad: There is nothing better than a cold and crisp salad that uses fresh vegetables, and is laced with a heavenly lemon vinaigrette. - Slice of Southern

Looking for a great salad?  This Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad is the perfect choice!  It's filled with fresh veggies and protein for a light and delicious main salad or side dish.

About a month ago I had some friends over for a "Girls That Lunch" party.  It's not often that we all get together, so this party was the perfect way to reunite, laugh, gossip, and just be "girls".   The menu consisted of grilled chicken and a few types of salads.  Of course there was some heavenly wine involved too!  This Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad was an obvious choice for the menu.  

Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad: There is nothing better than a cold and crisp salad that uses fresh vegetables, and is laced with a heavenly lemon vinaigrette. - Slice of Southern


There is nothing better than a cold and crisp salad that uses fresh vegetables, and is laced with a heavenly lemon vinaigrette.  I knew this would be a big hit with the girls.  

This chickpea salad takes only minutes to throw together.  The flavors and bright and bold, leaving you wanting more.  Fresh, crisp cucumbers are mixed with mint, tomatoes, and bell peppers, then tossed with the most heavenly lemon vinaigrette!  Oh boy was this salad a hit!  Everyone loved it so much there weren't any leftovers to be found. (Sorry MGG, there's none left for you...)

Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad: There is nothing better than a cold and crisp salad that uses fresh vegetables, and is laced with a heavenly lemon vinaigrette. - Slice of Southern


This salad is a great lunch idea.  Use it as a main dish or a side dish.  Another perfect way to serve this would be to buy mini pita pockets, and stuff them with the salad.  The perfect treat!  Super Bowl anyone?

Enjoy!








Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad

1 large English cucumber, seeded and diced
1 15-oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup of fresh mint, minced
1/3 cup of crumbled feta

    Lemon Vinaigrette 

    3 lemons, zest removed and juiced
    2 teaspoons of Gourmet Garden Basil Stir In Paste
    1 tsp of garlic, minced
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 
    salt and pepper

    In a large bowl, toss together the cucumber, chickpeas, tomatoes, bell pepper, and mint.  To make the vinaigrette add Lemon zest, and lemon juice, basil paste, garlic, and oil to a mason jar.  Shake vigorously to combine.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Add vinaigrette over the salad and toss to combine.  Top with feta and serve.  


    Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad: There is nothing better than a cold and crisp salad that uses fresh vegetables, and is laced with a heavenly lemon vinaigrette. - Slice of Southern

    Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad: There is nothing better than a cold and crisp salad that uses fresh vegetables, and is laced with a heavenly lemon vinaigrette. - Slice of Southern


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