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Chickpeas Salad with Sesame and Garlic Dressing

May 30, 2011


Eating healthy is easy if you have flavorful and variety of recipes.   I normally start with what ingredients I like and rest just follows. This recipe, crunchy Chickpeas Salad with Sesame and Garlic Dressing, is perfect for summer lunch and would be wonderful for side dish for summer picnics or barbeques. 



For Salad

1 15 oz Can of Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) or 1 and ½ Cups.

2/3 Cup Diced Cucumber

2/3 Cup Diced Tomatoes

½ Cup Diced Celery

½ Cup Bell Pepper (you can use red, orange or yellow)

2/3 Cup Chopped Water Cress

¼ Cup Chopped Fennel Bulb

1 -2 Tbsp Raw Sunflower Seeds


3 Tbsp Tahini

3 Cloves Garlic (minced or pressed)

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1 Tsp Red Wine Vinegar

¼ Tsp Black Pepper

Salt to Taste


*Dice all salad veggies approximately same size as chickpeas.

  1.  I a mixing bowl, add Chickpeas, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Celery, Bell Pepper, Fennel, and Water Cress.
  2. Toss everything together.
  3. In another mixing bowl all ingredients for dressing and whisk everything together.  This will be very thick so add water gradually to thin the dressing to until it is pasty. Be careful to not add too much water as after adding dressing veggies in salad will also release water.  You don’t want to make it too runny.   You can also use raw Sesame Oil to liquefy the dressing instead of water.
  4. Pour dressing over the salad and again toss everything together until dressing is well distributed.
  5. Now not that the salad is not nutty and crunchy, sprinkle sunflower seed over the salad.

Grab a spoon and enjoy 🙂    Great for lunch or as a side dish.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2011 9:05 pm

    I love chickpeas, this salad with garlic ans sesame dressing sounds fabulous, thanks for sharing with hearth and soul hop.

  2. sara permalink
    June 4, 2011 4:17 pm

    Great recipe! I didn’t have a bell pepper or sunflower seeds, but the salad was still very tasty!

    • June 5, 2011 12:20 am

      I am glad you enjoyed the salad…. it is great summer salad 🙂

  3. June 2, 2011 9:47 am

    This looks like an awesome summer salad recipe – probably great for barbecues as well! I like the sound of the tehina in the dressing.

  4. May 31, 2011 7:26 pm

    Hi Meghna! I can’t keep up…everything you post I want to make! Help!!!! Just kidding…this is certainly one I am going to attempt this weekend as it looks so cool and refreshing, and unique, which I really love. Thanks for another wonderful post and equally beautiful picture.

  5. May 31, 2011 5:34 pm

    Oh my goodness this is gorgeous! Tahini is one of my favorite ingredients.

  6. May 31, 2011 4:05 pm

    Loving everything about this! Bookmarked to make soon… hopefully tomorrow 😉

    New to your blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  7. May 31, 2011 8:49 am

    looks beautiful!! i love chickpeas in salads and this is the second chickpea recipe i have come across today!

  8. May 31, 2011 4:41 am

    This looks yummy….you have a lovely blog…I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that

  9. May 31, 2011 1:07 am

    This is another wow recipe one more idea to eat my salad. Pictures are gorgeous as always.


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