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Easy Mediterranean Pesto Chickpea Salad

Looking for a healthy lunch option that's easy to make and uber satisfying? Try this beautiful chickpea pesto salad full of mediterranean flavors. Also wonderful for parties and picnics!
Course Gluten Free, Grain Free, Healthy, Salad, Vegetarian
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword easy, pesto chickpea salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 344 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • For the pesto:
  • 3 cups organic spinach
  • 5 large basil leaves
  • juice from 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Roasted Salted Blue Diamond Almonds
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1-2 tablespoons water, to thin pesto
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the salad:
  • 2 (15 oz) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor or a high powered blender add in pesto ingredients: spinach, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, almonds, parmesan cheese, garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon of water. Process for 1 minute until pesto is smooth, add another tablespoon of water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Next make the salad by adding chickpeas, tomatoes, diced onion, and olives to a large bowl. Fold in pesto to evenly coat. Sprinkle crumbled feta on top and serve. Garnish with fresh basil ribbons. Serves 4 as a meal, or 6 as a side salad.

Recipe Notes

To make vegan/dairy free: Leave out the parmesan cheese!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Mediterranean Pesto Chickpea Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 130
% Daily Value*
Fat 14.4g22%
Saturated Fat 2.4g15%
Carbohydrates 40.2g13%
Fiber 12.3g51%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 14.5g29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.