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Curry Chickpea Salad

This simple curry chickpea salad is full of flavor and protein. It makes a great healthy lunch or an easy dairy free side dish.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself and my readers in the past couple years, it’s that we love a good chickpea salad. I don’t know if it’s the endless possibilities or the idea that chickpeas are healthy, but they’ve become some of my most popular recipes to date. Personally, I like to think I’m the healthiest eater alive when I’m devouring a bowl full of these nutritious nuggets.

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This particular chickpea salad is basically a knock-off of my curry chicken salad, but I tweaked a few ingredients to bring out the slightly nutty flavor of the chickpeas. I swapped out the cashews for some peanuts (mostly because that’s what I already had). I added more celery and took out a little onion. Plus, I threw in some cider vinegar and olive oil to enhance the flavors of the ingredients a make the mayonnaise go a little further.

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I’ve already tried the salad several different ways – in pita bread, on a bed of spring mix and straight out of the bowl while hovering at the open refrigerator. Of course, you can eat it anyway you want, but I would recommend skipping the fridge grazing because it can make you feel a little desperate. Trust me. If you’re going for the greens, try tossing them with the smallest amount of oil and vinegar before topping with the salad.

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Curry Chickpea Salad

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 3/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup salted cocktail peanuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup light mayonnaise or vegan mayo
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. If desired, slightly mash chickpeas with a fork or potato masher.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients.
  3. Stir until ingredients are evenly coated with mayonnaise.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition
  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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    shannon@Lady's Little Loves
    March 27, 2014 at 9:14 am

    This looks SO good!!! Yuuuuuum!!!!!

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    Cheryl
    March 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Yumm!! Veg friendly 🙂

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    dina
    March 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

    i bookmarked this. sounds great!

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    Amy | Club Narwhal
    April 2, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Melissa, this looks just plain awesome! I love curried chicken salads but never thought to use chickpeas. We are trying to eat less meat and this sounds perfect 🙂

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    May 22, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I’m eating this for dinner right now over spring mix and it’s delicious. I changed a couple things like didn’t use celery (didn’t have any) and used lemon juice rather than cider vinegar, but it’s still very tasty!

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    Heather @ Simple Fresh Natural
    February 6, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I absolutely love this recipe! I will be making it this weekend for yummy & easy lunches for the upcoming week. Thanks for a great recipe!

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