Super Healthy Chickpea Salad Recipe
If chickpeas aren’t part of your healthy diet, they should be!
Chickpeas are one of the healthiest things you can eat, and for a number of reasons. They’re a legume, and like many other legumes, they’re packed full of protein and fiber. Both of these ingredients are critical for boosting metabolism and helping your body burn more calories and fat.
The protein also contributes to building and supporting lean muscle mass, while the dietary fiber aids in digestion and expands in your stomach, keeping you feeling satisfied longer and avoiding those pesky cravings.
Chickpeas are also naturally low in fat and sugar, and the carbohydrates they do contain are complex and unrefined. Being high in iron, thiamine, folate, and zinc, they’re a fantastic source of energy and offer an all-around nutritional boost.
So in my book, chickpeas are definitely a super food, and they contain everything you need to stay healthy and energized.
Today, I’m offering up a healthy and delicious chickpea salad recipe. When it comes to salads, you can’t get much healthier than this!
Super Healthy & Delicious Chickpea Salad
For all of these ingredients, I recommend going organic whenever possible. Finding organic chickpeas is pretty easy, and they’re relatively affordable when you consider the nutritional content.
- 2 cans of organic chickpeas, thoroughly rinsed in cold water and drained
- ½ cup of chopped roasted red pepper
- ½ cup of halved cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup of finely chopped black olives
- 1 bunch of parsley, chopped
- 1 bunch of green onion, chopped
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
Toss all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and refrigerate for an hour or so before serving for the best incorporation of flavors. I recommend using sea salt and freshly ground pepper if you have it, and like I said, try to go organic with these ingredients! Your body and your taste buds will thank you.
This is an incredibly refreshing and super healthy salad. It’s perfect for the summer, and can be served as a side or enjoyed on its own.
Looking for More Healthy Summer Recipes?
If you’re a burger lover, then you’ve got to check out my 5 Awesome Lean Burger Recipes here. You should also check out my Quinoa Salad Recipes, for some more tasty super food side dishes that are sure to please this summer.
If you’re interested in learning more about super foods and the benefits they offer for your health, read my article, Top 5 Super Foods for Weight Loss here. There are some pretty amazing options out there, to keep you healthy, fit, and full!
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