Chickpea Salad With Sweet Tangy Dressing

Chickpea Salad With Sweet Tangy Dressing

Delightfully delicious chickpea salad with dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes, carrots, scallions, red bell pepper, and fresh chopped parsley. Topped in a homemade sweet and tangy dressing. So simple. So good.

Chickpea Salad With Sweet Tangy Dressing

This is one of the best chickpea salads I have ever made. Seriously, I never thought I could be in love with a salad so much. The taste is far from boring. It is sweet, tangy, bold in flavor, and will have you craving for seconds. Healthy foods don’t always have to taste bland, and this chickpea salad proves that.

This recipe will make a great side dish to almost any meal, because the flavor can work well with many different foods. It can be eaten on its own, and is an excellent vegetarian dish. Chickpeas are high in protein so it is very filling. I had two bowls of this and I was stuffed!

Chickpea Salad With Sweet Tangy Dressing

Salads usually don’t make great leftovers. However, this salad actually doesn’t taste bad the next day. Even when left soaking in the salad dressing, it still tasted very fresh. This recipe can serve about four to five people, so I had plenty of food leftover. I ended up doing a little meal prep with the remaining salad, and put it into containers. I ate the salad throughout the week, and I would say it tasted fresh for about two to three days after it was made.

Chickpea Salad With Sweet Tangy Dressing

This is a beautiful looking salad, and it is very pretty when served on a plate. The colors in the salad remind me of spring and summertime. I actually wasn’t going to add the parsley, but I thought the salad needed more green color to it. I am now glad I added the parsley, because it turned out wonderful!

Chickpea Salad With Sweet Tangy Dressing


I have to admit, when I first made the dressing it did not turn out right. I forgot that oil and vinegar do not mix! I originally added the olive oil to the dressing mix, and of course it naturally separated, and would not mingle together. This was annoying because I was excited about how my salad was turning out, then I couldn’t properly use the dressing! I quickly fixed this situation by adding the olive oil separately, and tossed it with the salad before I put the dressing on. Turned out delicious! Things don’t always work out in my kitchen, and I am not perfect, but I will always post the yummiest recipes that do. 🙂

The best chickpea salad! A perfect summer salad with dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes, carrots, scallions, red bell pepper, and fresh chopped parsley.

A delightfully delicious chickpea salad with dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes, carrots, scallions, red bell pepper, and fresh chopped parsley. Topped in a homemade sweet and tangy dressing. So simple. So good.

Chickpea Salad With Sweet Tangy Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-5 servings

Ingredients

  • FOR THE SALAD:
  • 2 (15.5oz) cans of chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup of scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, shredded
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
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  • FOR THE DRESSING:
  • 1/3 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup of honey

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the salad and toss together. Set aside.
  2. In a separate medium sized bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing. Mix well.
  3. Pour all or desired amount of dressing over the salad and toss to coat evenly. Serve.

Notes

I used all of the dressing on the salad, and it tasted perfect. I know some people do not like a lot of dressing on their salad, so pour desired amount.

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20 Comments

  1. I love salads like this, Amanda! This looks so fresh & delicious. We all have kitchen boo boos 🙂 I’ve certainly had my share, but that’s how we learn, right? This would be great to make and have for lunch throughout the week. Bet it would be lovely as a side to dish or chicken as well. Yum!!

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you Dawn! This was a fresh and delicious salad. This was a tiny kitchen mess up for me. I have done worse, LOL! I have had times where I just completely toss the food and order a pizza…but yes, we can’t learn without these! 🙂 I actually couldn’t believe it still tasted fresh the next day. A wonderful side dish, and a meal on its own. 🙂

  2. Oh, I love that you made a bold and flavorful chickpea salad, Amanda! I’m always looking for ways to spruce up chickpeas, so this is perfect. 🙂 I also really like that you can keep the leftovers and keep it for a few days–making recipes that last for several meals saves so much time! Thanks for sharing your experiences in the the kitchen, it’s good for all of us to see that recipes aren’t perfect from the start. (I’ve definitely had my share of tricky recipes!). Amazing salad, I’m off to pin this. Hope you’re having a great weekend, Amanda! 🙂

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you Demeter! This was a very flavorful salad. I think this salad was able to keep well in the fridge because I didn’t add too many leafy greens. Definitely a bonus that it can be used as leftovers! I am glad to share my kitchen fails/experiences. Recipes don’t always turn out, but its all part of learning. I had an awesome weekend, I hope you enjoyed yours as well! 🙂

  3. I’m a big fan of chickpeas so I’m always on the look out for fantastic recipes that utilize them! I love the vibrant colors in this dish and the dressing sounds divine! I especially like the addition of rosemary!

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you Kathleen! I am a big fan of chickpeas as well. The rosemary added a very nice flavor to the dressing, which made it taste wonderful. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. SO bright and colorful – this looks like the perfect salad to make me forget that it is SNOWING here on April 4th!

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you Kate! I live in Georgia, so the weather is beautiful here right now. Perfect for this summer salad! My mom called and told me Toronto just had a big snow storm. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  5. What a beautiful and colorful salad. It is absolutely perfect for spring and summer lunches and especially picnics! Thank you for another delicious recipe.

    • yuminyourtum

      Thank you Tanya! The colors worked perfect. Yes, picnics! You just gave me an idea to enjoy this with a picnic I am soon going to be having. Thank you!

  6. First time visiting your site, I love how colourful and bright this salad looks, sounds delicious!

  7. Love how vibrant this dish looks!! 🙂 Love it! xo

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  8. This salad looks amazing! The colours are unreal 🙂 and soo many goodies in it! Beautiful pictures!

  9. Yes, yum! I love everything about this salad! From its cheery colors to its layers of flavor! You can bet I’ll be making this this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Perfect combo of health and taste! Loved this salad idea.. 🙂

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