Summer Chickpea Black Bean Salad

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Summer Chickpea Black Bean Salad recipe that is low in fat and high in protein and makes an amazing side dish for your summer picnics or BBQ!  You could also serve this alone or pair it with a toasted baguette or bread to make a great appetizer or snack.

Summer Chickpea Black Bean Salad recipe that is low in fat and high in protein and makes an amazing side dish for your summer picnics or BBQ! You could also serve this alone or pair it with a toasted baguette or bread to make a great appetizer or snack.

Ahhh the week before Memorial Day where everyone is either checked out already or scrambling to try to come up with a menu for your weekend parties or get-togethers.  I’m not a huge BBQ or burger person (I know…) so I am all about the side dishes when it comes to cook-outs.  I might throw a hot dog or cheeseburger on my plate so that it looks more “even” but most of the room will be taken up with the sides.  This recipe for Summer Chickpea Black Bean Salad is one of my new favorites because it doesn’t involve a whole lot of work, tastes amazing, and has all the pretty colors going for it.  Bonus.

Gluten Free Summer Chickpea Black Bean Salad recipe that is low in fat and high in protein and makes an amazing side dish for your summer picnics or BBQ! You could also serve this alone or pair it with a toasted baguette or bread to make a great appetizer for Memorial Day..

This Summer Chickpea Black Bean Salad recipe is extremely versatile, as it makes a great side dish or a quick and healthy snack during the day. It also makes a wonderful salad topper that pairs perfect with a grilled chicken breast or fish!  It is gluten-free and clean-eating friendly.  If you are big on carbs, you will love my Classic Italian Pasta Salad or Creamy Potato Salad.

Also, this Summer Chickpea Black Bean Salad is very adaptable – add yellow or green peppers in place of the red, cucumber in place of the celery, halved cherry tomatoes, some grilled corn, avocado – oh, the possibilities!  It is very accommodating to what you may have on hand or ingredients that need using up.  This recipe is the best when refrigerated overnight so the wonderful flavors have time to meld.  I could eat this all day!  I think you should definitely give it a try for these future summer days.

Gluten Free Summer Chickpea Black Bean Salad recipe that is low in fat and high in protein and makes an amazing side dish for your summer picnics or BBQ! It is a great healthy appetizer or snack.

Summer Chickpea Black Bean Salad
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
 
Summer Chickpea Black Bean Salad recipe that is low in fat and high in protein and makes an amazing side dish for your summer picnics or BBQ!
Ingredients
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped (I had some yellow peppers on hand and added a handful chopped up)
  • 2 ribs celery and leafy tops, chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, minced or grated
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped (use parsley if you don't like cilantro)
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine chick peas and black beans with onions, peppers, celery, garlic, red pepper flakes and cilantro in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.
  2. Dress salad with vinegar and oil mixture, salt and pepper. Taste and add more salt/pepper if needed.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving. It tastes better after doing this!
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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

12 Responses to “Summer Chickpea Black Bean Salad”

  1. May 24, 2016 at 3:55 AM #

    I need to pin this recipe cause I definitely want to make it this Summer! I´m a huge fan of chickpeas!! 🙂

  2. May 24, 2016 at 11:06 AM #

    I am also all about the side dishes at a cookout! I am ready for Memorial Day seeing this. Lovely and filling…thank goodness all beans, seriously. : ) Have a great holiday!

  3. May 24, 2016 at 12:14 PM #

    wow, really very nice and delicious salad. i like to eat salad specially in summer. i eat lunch with salad. and i enjoy to eat salad. I like this salad of black bean. black beans are also very useful for us.thanks for nice sharing.

  4. May 24, 2016 at 2:08 PM #

    I’m sold! I’m ready to spoon this in a collard leaf and make a wrap with this! Looks so good!

  5. May 24, 2016 at 3:26 PM #

    I love summer sides dishes! I think I could totally make an entire meal out of picnic sides alone. I’m loving this chickpea salad, and the little dash of red pepper flakes sounds like a great addition. Pass me that bowl! 🙂

  6. May 25, 2016 at 10:20 AM #

    I love bean salads! And this one looks outstanding — you’ve really outdone yourself. Look at all the flavors you’ve packed into this beauty! Really good — thanks.

  7. May 25, 2016 at 10:31 AM #

    This sounds like an awesome side dish. I could even eat it for dinner. Love all the healthy ingredients and the vibrant dressing.

  8. May 25, 2016 at 10:53 AM #

    This salad does look perfect for Memorial Day. I can’t wait!

  9. May 25, 2016 at 5:09 PM #

    This black bean salad is sooo right up my alley! I would happily eat this as a side (or heck dinner!) anytime!!

  10. May 26, 2016 at 5:22 PM #

    I have to admit that I’m all about the sides too. Like forget the burgers and hot dogs haha I just want a plate full of sides…including this black bean salad!

  11. May 26, 2016 at 7:14 PM #

    Mmm, what a perfect summer side! The flavors sound delicious!

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