Are you a working mom? Looking for an easy-to-prepare, healthy lunch that won’t leave you hungry? Try this chickpea salad with tomato and cucumber. You can put it together in under 10 minutes, maybe 5 if you’re a fast chopper.
One of the things that’s great about this salad is you most likely will have all of the ingredients on hand. And, no matter what season it is…summer or winter…everything is available at the grocery store too, and it’s not crazy expensive if the veggies are out of season.
The one ingredient you may not have is the Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger dressing. I ALWAYS have a bottle or two on hand because it’s so versatile. One thing I like to do with it is marinate chicken…oh yes, you heard that right. It makes the best marinade for grilled chicken, which I use for a lot of my Mexican food dishes – like fajitas, grilled chicken nachos. My friends always comment on it when I grill out for football games or get togethers. I digress…back to the salad.
Here’s what you need:
- One pint of cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- One English cucumber
- A few thin slices of red onion (you can dice them up too…no rules to follow here)
- A couple of splashes of the sesame ginger dressing.
Chop up the veggies, add the dressing and BOOM – you have lunch. A couple of other ingredients you could throw in there that would taste really good would be:
- Chopped Kalamata olives
- Crumbled feta cheese
- Fresh basil
Here’s another tip for ya. If you’re taking this salad to work – or packing it for a picnic – here’s a suggestion on how to package it up. First, put your dressing and the chickpeas on the bottom of your container. Chickpeas are fairly substantial legumes, so they won’t get mushy if they’re in liquid for a while. Then pile on your onion, cucumber and tomato. If you do decide to add the olives, I would put them on the bottom with the chickpeas. And the cheese and basil, keep those on top so they don’t get gross.
Also, if you’re looking for a healthy snack you carry to work, check out my rosemary garlic roasted chickpeas for a health snack idea. Delicious, and figure friendly too!