Vegan Easy Gluten-Free 6 Ingredients 15-Minute Recipe
This vegan chickpea salad is one of my favorite easy go-to salads for something quick, healthy and satisfying. You only need 6 ingredients, and if you want to scratch the sun-dried red tomatoes, it's only FIVE ingredients!
In summer, when it's way to hot to cook, and almost too hot to eat, I go for a chickpea salad. I have a few I like to make, but right now this vegan chickpea salad with olives is my favorite. It refreshes me perfectly.
This 15-Minute Vegan Chickpea Salad is Easy!
I often have cooked chickpeas on hand – since I cook up a batch most weeks. So this salad comes together in around 15 minutes, depending on what all I add to it. Here's a list of what I typically include, with a couple options.
Canned Chickpeas vs Cooking Your Own
Pre-cooked chickpeas are easy to find in most any market these days. But I prefer cooking my own. I totally understand that opening a can is way more convenient than cooking up a pot of dried chickpeas, but I prefer the taste of the ones I cook up, and they're waaaaay less expensive that way
If you get canned, go for no-sodium and BPA-free cans. Even low-sodium canned beans can have a lot sodium – so be sure to check the package nutrition information.
Main Ingredients for Vegan Chickpea Salad
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Use 2 teaspoons Preserved Lemon in place of the Lemon Juice.
Add 1/4 cup Basil Leaves to the arugula.
Finish it with a spray of Parmesan Cheese, or keep it vegan with Follow Your Heart Dairy-Free Parmesan Style Shredded Cheese Alternative (pictured).
Make Ahead Tips
This salad is even better the next day. So make it ahead for a lunch to take to work, or an on-the-go lunch if you're on the run. The arugula holds up ok overnight, as it's sturdier than, say, baby greens, but it's better if you toss the arugula into the salad just before eating.
Store the chickpea salad as much as 4 days ahead (without the arugula) with great success. Store in the refrigerator in a covered container.
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Simple Vegan Chickpea Salad with Olives
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas, or 1 (15-ounce) can
- 1/2 cup sliced green olives
- 2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cups lightly packed arugula
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup lightly packed basil, thinly sliced, optional
- 1/4 cup dairy-free Parmesan-style cheese, optional
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts, optional
- Toss together the chickpeas, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic.
- Add the lemon juice, olive oil, and arugula. Toss and add salt and pepper to taste.