This Mediterranean Veggie & Chickpea Salad is a fresh and nourishing side dish that is great for any potluck or or to prep for the week!

This Mediterranean Veggie & Chickpea Salad is a fresh and nourishing side dish that is great for any potluck or or to prep for the week!

This Mediterranean Veggie & Chickpea Salad is just begging you to take it to a potluck this spring or summer!!  Dishes like this are my favorite because you can make them a day or 3 ahead of time and it just gets better and better.  I also just recently learned the art of peeling chickpeas!  I don’t eat a ton of legumes because they can make my stomach gurgle, but I realized that when I peel chickpeas, I digest them so much better.  I also find eating them in their whole form like this is better than in a hummus as I can down hummus so fast then of course my stomach hurts!

Being intentional about eating in general has really helped my relationship with food and has helped my weight.  I used to be a card carrying member of the clean plate club and would eat meals super fast. But while I was pregnant I was either sick or filled with acid that my stomach seemed to shrink a bit!  After having Ruth and wanting to get back into shape, I made sure to be intentional about the portions I ate.  Now I easily can only eat half of things and not feel like I NEED to finish my plate! And what do you know… i’m actually 10 pounds lighter than I was before I got pregnant.  And I don’t feel deprived of anything one bit.  Isn’t that nuts!

So all I can say is to eat good food, be intentional, and enjoy every morsel.  Starting with this salad of course!

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Mediterranean Veggie & Chickpea Salad

  • Author: Kelsey
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Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Drain the can of chickpeas and rinse them with water, then peel the skins off.  I find it easiest to put them in a bowl of water and rub them together between your hands to help remove the skin! Then place them in a bowl.
  • Add chopped celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and parsley to the chickpeas.
  • In a small bowl or jar combine balsamic vinegar, oil, oregano, dill and garlic powder.  Whisk or shake the dressing then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add dressing over the veggies and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
  • Salad is good in the fridge up to 5 days.
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