There are few things I love more than cooking out and sitting in the sun with family and friends. I’ll admit that I love picnic food…a LOT! Hot dogs, baked beans, and mac and cheese- I am here. for. it. It is so easy to stuff myself full with foods I know aren’t doing much for me nutritionally, so this summer I’ve vowed to do myself a favor and be the person to bring a healthier side.
Behold- picnic perfect chickpea salad! This salad is easy to throw together quickly, is super cheap to make and is way more fun than your traditional side salad with iceberg lettuce.
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp lemon juice (about a half of a lemon)
1 Garlic clove pressed or minced
1 English Cucumber halved and sliced
1 Can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 Medium red onion thinly sliced
1 Avocado sliced
4 oz Feta cheese, crumbled
Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl: 3 Tbsp olive oil, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 pressed garlic clove, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper and whisk to combine.
Combine remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl, add dressing and toss to coat.
If you like tomatoes, halve some cherry tomatoes and toss those in too. Remember to go easy on the cilantro, or skip it if it’s not your thing.
Hi there, I’m Christine!
I live in Pittsburgh, PA and am passionate about health and wellness. I have a doctorate in health science and work in population health. I love dogs, margaritas, and any sort of activity that gets me moving. On the weekends you can find me cheering on my Pitt Panthers or watching Netflix with my pup, Marlo.