Protein is filling this delicious Chickpea Salad with Cucumber and Sun-Dried Tomatoes!
Chickpeas! These are the global favorite among beans. Okay, I don’t know if the title of The Wichita Eagle article, “The world’s most popular bean”has any real basis. But given the amount of hummus regularly consumed by my family and friends, it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch. Did you know it is a staple in Greece and the Middle East? Why has the chickpea, sometimes called the “garbanzo bean”, suddenly hit the international stage?
Here’s why: A single cup of cooked chickpeas offers 12 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein. That means it completely meets about half of your daily fiber requirements. It is even a good quarter of the way toward meeting your protein requirements. On top of that, it meets a quarter or more of your daily folate, iron, phosphorous, copper, and manganese requirements. All that, and it’s low in fat and sugar content.
The amount of benefits in this recipe is almost overwhelming! The cucumber provides hydration and tomatoes lower your risk of certain cancers.That’s a pretty amazing amount of nutrition packed in a single cup serving. So enjoy this chickpea salad with cucumber and sun-dried tomatoes.
What do I need to make this recipe?
Chickpeas are filled with protein and fiber.
Sun-dried tomatoes are high in lycopene, which plays a big role in sun protection.
English cucumbers are rich in vitamins C and B, as well as phosphorus.
Dill is rich in magnesium and vitamin A.
Red onion contains quercetin, which protects against allergies.
Along with those ingredients, you will need olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.
How to make a Chickpea Salad with Cucumber and Sun-Dried Tomato
- 14 oz chickpeas, 1 can, drained & rinsed
- 8 oz sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 1 English cucumber, quartered & sliced
- 1 bunch dill, chopped
- ¼ red onion, chopped
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- salt, to taste
- ground black pepper, to taste
- Combine all ingredients together, then add salt and pepper to taste.