July 20, 2012

no-cook summer chickpea salad

Oh hey, it's me.

Truth be told, this recipe was never going to make it to the internets.
It was a salad that I threw together one night a few weeks ago when husband was gone, and I wanted something healthy and fast and super easy, probably to balance all the cookies or chocolate almonds I had eaten that day (just a guess), and girls were coming over soon to swoon with me over Jef  watch the Bachelorette.

So I made this salad. It was really good. But I didn't really think much more about it until my sister-in-law came over, starving, and finished up the rest of it, and loved it so much that she asked me for the recipe and then made it like 5 times in the next two weeks. And told me I had to post it.

So here I am. And here it is. I think it's perfect for summer. It's crunchy, light, slightly sweet, and has avocado, which automatically makes anything at least 52% better. And you really you don't have to cook a thing. If you buy those ready-to-eat edamame from Trader Joes, you literally just have to cut up a couple of veggies and stir some dressing together and shovel this into your mouth straight from the mixing bowl. I have really good manners.

(P.S. I love you, T. Thanks for liking my food.)

Summer chickpea salad
Serves  2-3
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup shelled, ready-to-eat edamame
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1 ear of corn on the cob, kernels removed
1 green onion, sliced
1/3 cup chopped tomatoes, optional (I added them mostly for color)
1/2 of an avocado
2 T. chopped cilantro

Note: If you are making this salad ahead of time, or would like to save some for the next day, I'd recommend leaving out the tomatoes and avocado until just before serving.

1 T. white wine vinegar
1 T. sugar
Juice from 1/2 lime
3 T. olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

red chili flakes, optional

Combine vinegar, sugar and lime juice in a small bowl. Add olive oil slowly while whisking. Add salt and pepper and chili flakes. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

Combine all salad ingredients in a medium bowl and gently stir. Pour dressing over the salad and toss. Serve cool or at room temperature.


  1. Fabulous. It's so colourful and totally summery. Avocado makes everything better. Plus, I love the addition of edamame, corn & chickpeas.

    ❀ It's Carmen

  2. I love this recipe! And I can tell by your humor that you and Tab are related. Thanks for sharing!