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18 July 2013

Chickpea Summer Salad

Now that the summer has finally arrived and doesn't seem to be in any hurry to disappear, it's time the BBQ was dusted off, the patio chairs were set out and the fresh foods were spread across the table to be enjoyed under the sunshine.
This chickpea salad is quick and easy to create and very versatile in the way that you can edit it with ease to suit your taste. I've sent the Mr off to work with it a few days this week as a lighter alternative to his sandwiches pork pies and pasties.



400g chickpeas (cooked)
Cherry tomatoes (about 8)
Feta (30g crumbled)
Chorizo (50g cubed)
1 tbsp chilli powder
2 tbsp lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dry basil/ handful of fresh, chopped
Fresh Gourmet Crispy Onions
Black pepper

Slice the tomatoes in half and place in a bowl with the lemon, olive oil, and chilli.
Add the chickpeas, chorizo and basil then toss to spread the flavour evenly.
Spread the feta over the top followed by a few crispy onions and add black pepper to taste.

In the picture above I added a layer of green leaves as a base for extra texture but this is optional.
We received 4 packets of the Fresh Gourmet salad toppings, that have been a huge hit in the US and are now available in the UK, to try and I feel the crispy onions compliment this dish nicely. I'm saving the croutons to make some soups in early Autumn once the weather has cooled down a little as they will be just perfect for that.
The resealable bags are really useful and keep the product fresh in between use.
What is your favourite salad?

*We received a selection of Fresh Gourmet products for the purpose of providing a recipe. The recipe is our own*



  1. I love beetroot and goats cheese salad. Great when the weather is warm.

  2. Picking a lot of home grown salad from the garden especially tomatoes and being a vegetarian this chickpea salad looks great will give it a go

  3. This sounds delicious! I'll be trying this soon, thank you! :)

  4. Nice to see some quick & easy savoury recipes, this looks yum.

  5. I also love chickpeas. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Ah, summer, where did you go?

  7. Shouldn't be too long before we can break this out again.

  8. Definitelyl going to try more chickpea recipes.

  9. With the sunshine and blue sky I am starting to make salads again and this recipe sounds lovely! Thanks!

  10. This would be perfect to have on Boxing Day with a cold meat platter

  11. I love all types of salad but must admit to never putting chickpeas in them

  12. What a great idea! Chickpeas are underused

  13. I always do a basic chickpea salad, as an accompaniment to when we do a Raclette - I just do chickpeas, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and shredded basil - delicious! So fresh tasting! Cheap and quick to rustle up with lamb steaks etc

  14. Love chickpea salad and always looking for nice variations for my lunchbox - will have to try this one!

  15. beef tomatoes, olives and feta salad with garlic olive oil and chunks of homemade bread!


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