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Simple Chickpea Salad (Vegetarian, 15 Mins)

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Salad is ready #lemon #salt |

Sometimes it’s good to go back to basics. Basics like this simple chickpea salad.

There are times when we just need recipes with simple ingredients and easy to follow instructions.

Simple recipes that always work.

What we don’t want is complex dressings and a load of dirty utensils, bowls and equipment that mess up the kitchen.

We want a salad recipe where the ingredients are the star. And we have one.

Simple Chickpea Salad

In fact, simple is an understatement. The only dressing we need here is lemon juice, as the combination of the other flavours just works so well.

We have chickpeas, we have kidney beans, we have feta cheese and tomato. We have onion, ginger and garlic. Did I mention how well they go together?

Salad ingredients #olive oil #onion |
Onion is frying in the pan #garlic #ginger |
Ingredients are in the mixing bowl #cayenne pepper #chickpeas |

Chop, chop, slop!

Prepping this salad is simple as well. First we’re going to dice our onion, garlic and ginger, and give them a gentle fry together. That’s the only ‘cooking’!

Then we’re going to chop the rest of our veggies and mix everything together in one big salad bowl. Finally we’re going to add a dash of lemon juice and let the flavours do their work.

That’s it – told you it was simple, right?

Salad is in the bowls #kidney beans #feta cheese |

Get the habit!

If you’re looking for something as simple and nutritious as this chickpea salad, then you’re probably looking to eat healthy. We’re always on the lookout for new and interesting recipes to spice up lunch time, and this one has become a new go-to recipe.

We suggest learning and practising several ‘go-to’ recipes until you can make them with your eyes closed (note – please don’t ever really close your eyes while chopping with a sharp knife).

Once we’ve learned these recipes, there are a couple of benefits.

1 – lunch or dinner is sooooooooo much quicker!

2 – we don’t wonder or feel overwhelmed by choosing lunch or dinner. We know exactly what we’re having.

3 – we can keep a stock of staples at home for our favourite recipes – that way we’ll always be able to make them and won’t have an excuse to fall back on the instant noodles we just know are hiding somewhere in the depths of the cupboard.

4 – if you’re vegetarian then this recipe is an excellent source of ‘complete’ protein – it’ll keep you feeling full for longer, too!

Hauke is eating salad #pepper #kidney beans |

Any others?

A couple of our other favourite ‘go-to’ recipes should be mentioned as well.

If you like chickpeas then the Amazing Chickpea Salad must be on rotation.

If you like kidney beans then the High-protein Kidney Bean salad should be eaten, often.

And if you like tomato and feta, make sure you learn how to make these Speedy Greek Pitas.

So there we go! A few of the best recipes we use week in and week out to make sure we stay at the top of our nutrition game. Eating well has never been so easy.


Salad serving #cherry tomatoes #spring onions |
Salad is ready #lemon #salt |
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5 from 7 votes

Kidney Bean Chickpea Salad

This simple chickpea salad is the first step to eating better by building powerful eating habits with simple yet delicious ingredients!
Course Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Awesome, High Protein
Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 lunch bowls
Calories 483kcal



  • Dice the onions, garlic and ginger.
  • In a pan on medium heat add olive oil. Now in goes the onion, garlic and ginger. Add the cayenne pepper. Fry for roughly 5 minutes. Don’t let that stuff burn.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas and kidney beans. Quarter the cherry tomatoes. Finely chop the spring onions. Add everything into a salad bowl.
  • Now, into the bowl goes the onion mix. Squeeze in the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and bam!
  • Enjoy 🙂


Have this salad for lunch just like that or with some bread, quinoa or rice on the side. It’s also an excellent side dish on the dinner table. In that case it serves roughly 4 people.
Adapted from Nupur, author of the ‘The Indian Veggie’. Beautiful recipe idea!


Nutrition Facts
Kidney Bean Chickpea Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 483 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 2149mg93%
Potassium 908mg26%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 546IU11%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Calcium 386mg39%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About Hauke Fox

I'm always on the lookout for these damn smart recipes. You know, those that only take a few minutes to put together and taste delicious. Vegetarian Cooking at home is a way to take back control over what I eat. I don't like what many companies do to animals and the environment with their products.


  1. 5 stars
    Nice and easy, a good way to reduce calorie intake while eating a variety of food. I like it!

  2. Hi, could you please tell me what you would use to replace the kidney beans as i cant eat them.

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