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Quick and Easy Spicy Tomato Salad with Chickpeas

Spice up your salad or side dish with a Tomato Chickpea Salad that will keep you full and help with your digestion.
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I didn’t always eat chickpeas, how about you?

Ten years ago, I didn’t like chickpeas. I had never paid any attention to them because my mom never cooked with them. But when I met my husband, he invited me to dinner at his house and his mom served us a wonderful soup made with chickpeas. At first, I thought they were peeled hazelnuts!

These little beans have tons of vitamins and countless nutritional benefits. I started to research chickpeas after this discovery, wondering how I could use them in my own recipes. Today, I even eat chickpeas by themselves. Do you like chickpeas?

Why should you incorporate more chickpeas into your diet?

Simply because this bean, which tastes almost like a chestnut, is absolutely packed with fiber and protein. The tomato in this salad will support heart health and its a low-calorie ingredient. A good way to introduce chickpeas into your daily diet is to throw them into a quick salad, like this spicy tomato chickpea salad!

What goes into this simple salad?

Chickpeas can help improve digestion and are high in protein.

Tomatoes contain lycopene, which supports heart health.

Dill has vitamin C, which is important for tissue growth and repair.

Garlic can support blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

Red onion contains quercetin, which helps reduce inflammation.

Along with those ingredients, you’ll need:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • coriander
  • cayenne pepper
  • salt

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Quick and Easy Spicy Tomato Salad with Chickpeas

Spice up your salad or side dish with a Tomato Chickpea Salad that will keep you full and help with your digestion.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 214kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 15 oz organic chickpeas, 1 can
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 stems fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 thin slice red onion
  • tsp ground coriander
  • 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Drain chickpeas from 1 15oz can. Place in a salad bowl.
  • Dice 2 plum tomatoes and a slice of red onion. Add to chickpeas.
  • In a skillet on low heat, add 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.
  • Mince 1 large garlic clove and add to the skillet. Stir constantly. Add 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Sauté till garlic begins to brown.
  • Add the sautéed garlic with spices to chickpeas and tomatoes.
  • Chop fresh dill and add to the salad, along with a pinch of salt (or to your taste).

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 336IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg

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