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Chickpea and Dill Salad

Having made a hummus recipe recently it dawned on me that I haven’t used chickpeas much for a while even though they are a great addition to meals.  Chickpeas do not have an excessively strong flavour but are very healthy and are great to use in all sorts or dishes from salads to burgers.  Firstly I wanted to give you all a little information about the humble chickpea and you will see why I love it so much.

* Chickpeas contain phytoestrogens a plant form of oestrogen which is weaker than the oestrogen that we produce yet works wonders in the body.  These can help work against oestrogen dependant cancers.

* Contain selenium which helps detoxify some cancer causing compounds from the body.

* They also contain folate which helps prevent cancer cell formation.

* Chickpeas are high in fibre so they are great for bulking up stool, reducing blood cholesterol levels and helping balance blood sugars.

* Chickpeas are rich in nutrients that are needed to form and maintain healthy bones.

* Improve heart health by reducing the level of fat in the blood.

* Chickpeas help keep you regular and reduce constipation.

* Although high in calories chickpeas are a bulking agent so can help in weight management.

* Rich in iron these are great if you are anaemic (the iron here is not like that in meat but is a nonheme iron so it is best combined with vitamin C to help it’s absorption by the body.

* Chickpeas are a great source of protein.

You are looking at a cup serving of chickpeas per person for the best benefits.

Here is my simple Simple Chick Pea Salad

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Ingredients

1 tin chickpeas (400g)

1tbs dill

1-2 tsp lemon juice

40g Feta

90g cucumber

1 spring onion chopped

1 large tomato

Olive oil

1tbs dijon mustard

1/2tsp honey

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Strain and rinse the chickpeas and throw into a bowl.

Cube the feta and toss this in too.

Chop up the cucumber, spring onion, tomato and dill and add to the mix.

In a separate bowl combine the lemon juice, Dijon, honey and oil and stir well until it looks like this:

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Add to the salad, stir and serve.

Enjoy.

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. This dish looks yummy and healthy. I will be trying the recipe.

  2. Chickpeas are a wonderful thing to add to a salad for some protein punch. Really like the look of this.

  3. Oh lemon juice, chickpeas this sounds delicious. I could see myself making this.

  4. I love chickpeas but not keen on salad but it does look lovely and colorful.

    1. They can be used in many dishes and are great in curries if you prefer.

  5. This salad looks yummy! I love chickpeas and often add them to curry or pasta dishes for that extra bit of nutrition.

    1. They are great for bulking up a dish and go with so many dishes.

  6. Love chickpeas but always stuck for recipe ideas
    This sounds delicious
    Thankyou

    1. Thanks Margaret, I am writing another with chickpeas very soon.

  7. I love chickpeas but I’m not a fan of hummus so this is a great way for me to use them!

    1. Enjoy. I hope to have more yummy recipes coming up.

  8. This sounds amazing! My partner loves dill, will definitely have to give this a go!

    1. I do love this salad it’s simple yet tasty.

  9. I will have to give this a try as I am always looking for new salads to make x

  10. I’m not really a salad person, although this one looks nice and easy to make x

  11. This looks delicious, really colourful. Have you tried cooking your own chickpeas, rather than from a tin? They are so much nicer that way (in my opinion!) annoying as they take so long!!

  12. This salad looks so yummy, I love chickpeas. Thanks for the recipe, I will make it this week!

  13. Oohh I’ve seen some really lovely salads on my blog travels tonight! This looks fab! H x

  14. Dill and feta go SO well together, and I love the idea of adding some chickpeas for some extra protein.

  15. I didn’t realise how healthy chickpeas are for you! I’m sure they’re free on slimming world too. Time to explore me thinks!! Thanks for the inspo xx

  16. I am loving this salad, so easy to make and so delicious looking

  17. It does not surprise me that Chickpeas are so good for you, I am obsessed with the stuff!

  18. Got to love chickpeas, looks like a lovely salad x

  19. I love chickpeas! They always remind me of hummus and they’re so healthy

  20. This is a great combo. I absolutely love using chickpeas in recipes and I think this would be a great as a side or a meal.

  21. Myself and my youngest daughter are veggies so are always looking for delicious tasty recipes that we can try! This actually looks yummy and really easy to prepare!

  22. I love chickpeas and they are so full of nutrients! This salad looks and sounds like a great way to use them

  23. This sounds like a perfect salad for lunch, I’m always looking for new ideas 🙂

  24. I absolutely love chick peas and eating them in a salad like this looks great for lunch time. I’m not too much of a fan of dill, is there another herb that I could use? xxx

  25. This looks delicious. I love chickpeas and as a vegetarian find them to be quite an important part of my diet.

  26. I love this salad..so healthy and tasty.

  27. I love chick peas too and this looks really tasty yet very simple! Thank you x

  28. One of the most enticing salad recipes I’ve seen. Hats off to the chef !

  29. Doesn’t that salad have the most amazing colours? We love chickpeas – they are such essential store cupboard ingredients and come in so handy for bulking up meals when we don’t quite have enough.

  30. I love chickpeas and they sound perfect in your lovely salad.

  31. Looks tasty, i really like chick peas

    1. They make a great healthy addition to many meals 😉

  32. Mmmm, chickpeas! I’ve never tried them with honey and mustard; what a great idea! It sounds delicious.

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