This garbanzo bean salad is a delightful mix of beans, vegetables and fresh herbs in a tangy balsamic lemon dressing. It is very easy to make (less than 10 minutes) and tastes amazing.
Many vegetarian recipes feature garbanzo beans.
What are garbanzo beans?
Garbanzo beans are a member of the legume family. They are also known as chick peas. These nutritious beans play a big part in the Mediterranean diet.
They make a great snack when you roast them, and you can also blend the beans to make nice purees. I love to use them in salads.
Chick peas are low in saturated fat, very low in both cholesterol and sodium (rinse the canned varieties), and contain a high amount of folate. The beans are loaded with fiber and are a heart healthy way to add protein to a meatless diet.
Garbanzo beans also contain a lot of other nutrients and vitamins. With all these health benefits, it makes sense to try and incorporate them as often as you can.
100 grams of garbanzo beans has 164 calories, 9 grams of protein and 0 grams of both cholesterol and saturated fat. This makes them a diet friendly food.
What is the Mediterranean diet?
The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating that is normally found in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. The diet is rich in vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
It features olive oil as the method of cooking and moderate amounts of protein.
Salads like this garbanzo bean salad are popular Mediterranean diet choices. It is so quick to put together and quite versatile, as well.
Making this garbanzo bean salad
This delicious salad starts with a mixture of beans. For today’s recipe, I started with garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) and added red kidney beans and Lima beans.
But one of the beauties of this salad is how easily it can be changed up.
Don’t have kidney beans on hand? Substitute white beans, navy beans or black beans. Edamame also works well in place of the Lima beans.
I chose canned beans so that the salad would be quick and easy to make. I rinsed the beans well to remove much of the sodium content.
Dried beans could also be used but the preparation time would be much longer.
Adding some color to this Mediterranean chickpea salad
I believe that we eat with our eyes first. For me, that means making recipes that feature a lot of color.
Next comes the corn. It adds the color yellow and is a nice compliment to the beans in the salad.
Everything gets mixed into one large bowl along with the greens from spring onions. Look at those colors in this healthy chickpea salad!
Making the chickpea salad dressing
Many Mediterranean bean salads have a lot of olive oil. This does make them taste good but also adds a lot of calories.
Since I wanted to keep the calorie count low, I made a balsamic lemon dressing that is flavored with fresh herbs (I chose rosemary and basil today) and just a small amount of olive oil.
Cumin and coriander as well as sea salt and cracked black pepper rounds out the dressing in a very savory way.
Just a quick whisk and the dressing is ready to pour over the salad!
Tasting this healthy chickpea salad recipe
The flavors of this salad are just amazing. It is a lovely combination of tart and tangy with smokey undertones.
Each bite of this hearty salad is filling, nutritious, and most of all – delicious!
If you are looking for a stand alone salad for lunch or a light bite, this salad has it all. I also makes a great side dish for everything from fish to pork recipes!
One of the best things about this salad is how versatile it is. It can be made in many different ways. The other day I added some mango and a couple of handfuls of a kale/cabbage slaw to it and it turned the salad into a whole new recipe in just seconds.
Nutrition facts for this healthy garbanzo bean salad
This healthy salad is a real powerhouse of nutrition. The garbanzo bean salad calories work out to 111 calories and the recipe makes 12 servings.
The salad is very low in fat and sugar and high in both fiber and protein. It is heart healthy eating at its best.
The salad is gluten free and has 0 WW freestyle points for one serving (or 1 point for 2-3 servings). It’s a great salad for those trying to lose weight since it is low calorie but very filling.
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For the salad:
- 14 oz garbanzo beans, drained
- 14 oz kidney beans, drained
- 1 cup of corn kernels
- 1/2 cup of cooked Lima beans
- 2 radishes, chopped
- 3 baby peppers
- 2 shallots, sliced
- 3 spring onions, sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely diced
For the dressing:
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon of cumin
- 1 tablespoon of coriander
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 teaspoons of fresh basil, chopped
- 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- Drain the kidney beans and garbanzo beans and rinse well (this removes a lot of the sodium.)
- Combine the beans and the rest of the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until well combined.
- :Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
This salad has 0 WW Freestyle points for 1/2 cup and 1 point for up to 1 1/2 cups.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 1.7gSaturated Fat: 0.2gUnsaturated Fat: 1.2gCholesterol: 0.0mgSodium: 430.2mgCarbohydrates: 20.2gFiber: 5.3gSugar: 2.1gProtein: 5.1g