Give Chickpeas a Chance {My Favorite Simple Recipes}


Chickpeas are vastly underrated.

Packed with protein, vitamins, and fiber, and easy on your budget; chickpeas are one of nature’s finest.

Given that chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) can be served both hot or cold, this legume is a great summer ingredient. Let’s cut straight to a couple ways you can serve chickpeas this summer!

chickpeasGreek Salad

This is my standby chickpea dish. Make a large bowl of it and eat it throughout the week. It’s also easy to edit.

  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Container of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • One large cucumber, diced
  • Small container of feta
  • Half a red onion, diced
  • As many Kalamata olives as you want
  • Fresh parsley to taste
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

Combine and eat!

If you want, you can buy a small container of Kalamata olives (I like the Meijer ones from their deli section) and dump the whole thing in, brine included, and allow the brine to flavor your salad.

Switch it up a bit and make the same salad with dill rather than parsley. Top it with a squeeze of lemon and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. Don’t like feta? How about parmesan? Need more greens? Easy! Rip up some kale or spinach and voila.

Chickpea Tacos

Another fan favorite in my house! Get all your regular fixings for taco night, but sub out your meat with chickpeas.

  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Taco seasoning of your choice
  • Oil (I like avocado oil)

Lightly oil your pan, cook on medium heat and throw in the garlic. Add your chickpeas and get them coated in oil. Sprinkle your seasoning to taste. Cook chickpeas until desired texture is achieved.

You can also pop them in the oven on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes instead of cooking them on the stovetop.

Chickpea… Basically Anything

Chickpea curry, chickpea stir fry, chickpea salad (rather than chicken salad that is). I’m like the Bubba Gump of chickpeas. Want a crunchy snack? How about baking them, allowing them to dry out, and coating them in coconut oil and cinnamon sugar!

I hope you give chickpeas a chance this summer. Share your recipes with us, we would love to hear what you’re cooking.