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Quick Chickpea Salad and Why I Love Pulses

A few panty staples and a couple fresh ingredients in this light and summery chickpea salad with tomatoes and cucumbers.

easy chickpea salad

Supposedly it’s “The Year of The Pulse,” which until recently meant nothing to me since I had no idea what a pulse was. But, I have since done a little Googling, and have realized that I’m actually quite trendy since I already love pulses. Yesssss.

So what is a pulse? Here’s the lowdown, according to Tastemade:

“Plants with their fruit enclosed in a pod are legumes. A pulse is the dried seed from the interior of that pod. Pulses include pinto beans, navy beans, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, mung beans, adzuki beans, lima beans, haricot beans, broad beans, and yes, black-eyed peas.”

Which in my opinion means that pulses are pretty much “dried beans.” A food category that has long had my heart. Why? Because dried beans are:

  • Easy to cook no matter your skill level
  • High in protein and fiber, and thus make great plant-based entrees
  • Very inexpensive
  • Great for cooking in a large batch which can become a wide variety of different meals

They also take away any worry about BPA-lined cans, since many canned beans still contain the toxic chemicals BPA or BPS in the lining (though I admit, I keep canned beans in my pantry too).

What’s not to love?

I usually make a pot of dried beans every week. Some get eaten alongside rice and veggies, some get added to salads or blended into dips, and toward the end of the week they tend to become soups or veggie burgers. Having these beans on-hand makes our mealtimes so much easier.

The other day I made this simple Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Cucumbers from a big batch of chickpeas I’d cooked up. Though this recipe only has a few ingredients, the salad is SO good. Light, fresh and summery – yet super satisfying.

chickpea salad with tomatoes and cucumbers

This simple salad is best served when tomatoes and cucumbers are at peak ripeness, since you’ll want each ingredient’s flavor to really shine. With summer around the corner, we’re almost there!

Whether you serve this as a light lunch, a side dish at a summer BBQ, or with a fried egg on top for dinner – I think you’re going to love it and will soon become a Pulse Person too if you’re not already. 😉

Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Cucumbers
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A simple yet flavorful salad that's perfect for summer or anytime you need a delicious vegetarian side dish.
Recipe type: salad
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (a.k.a garbanzo beans)
  • 2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups diced cucumber
  • ½ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  1. Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper together in the bottom of a large bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and toss gently to coat. Serve at room temperature.
  3. Store any uneaten salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.



  • Jane
    May 5, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    This is wonderful! I love beans—all sorts but I do watch carbs. Mixing them up with other veggies is a great way to get their great flavor, texture and health benefits. Making this soon!


  • Amelia Winslow
    May 11, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Let me know how you like it, Jane!

  • Sarah | Well and Full
    May 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    This chickpea salad looks right up my alley! Chickpeas may be my favorite pulse, but I’m also partial to white beans and kidney beans 🙂

  • Amelia Winslow
    May 16, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I hear you! I can never decide on a favorite bean – they’re all so good in different contexts.

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