Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Frugan: Quite Possibly The Best Chickpea Salad.

So, the name is quite lofty eh? ... but trust me, this chickpea salad is fantastic. I scored a huge head of iceberg lettuce for $.50 yesterday which was the perfect wrap; crunchy like a cracker and totally satisfying. I know iceberg lettuce doesn't have much nutrition, but I like to use it instead of crackers for dips and spreads Try it sometime!
This salad uses my Low Fat Vegenaise Alternative. If you use regular vegenaise, the calories will be much higher so you might want to cut back on the amount of mayo? If you have't tried my mayo recipe, what are you waiting for? It is really good!
Last week, I was browsing blogs and I came across someone who mentioned using black salt in their chickpea tuna recipe. For the life of me, I can't remember who it was, so if it's YOU let me know so I can link back to your blog! ...  anyway... so the idea of black salt in chickpea salad sounded so good I had to try it.

And it is. So. Good.

Vegan Georgia! Thanks for the idea!

Chickpea Salad
2 c cooked and drained chickpeas
½ c celery
2 c shredded carrots
¼ c onion, minced
2 T mustard
½ t black salt
2 T relish
½  c mayonnaise
Ground pepper
2 t marjoram
½  t chipotle
2 T nutritional yeast
½ t lemon pepper
Pinch garlic powder
Salt/Pepper to taste

Mash the chickpeas a bit with a fork, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Let salad sit for an hour ( or even better, overnight ) before serving

Curried Chickpea Variation :
Remove relish, marjoram and chipotle
Add ½ c raisins, 1 T curry powder, ½ c cilantro and ½ c toasted sunflower seeds and 1 T apple cider vinegar

If it's too cold for salad, here's several chickpea recipe that will warm you up!

What are your favorite ways to use chickepas?


  1. "So, the name is quite lofty eh? ... "

    hey if it is, it is!! i read that black salt had a slight sulfer smell/taste to it. so a lot of vegans/people used it for an eggy flavor. is that what it did?

  2. Melody, this sounds absolutely delish! I need to put chipotle on the list. Also, I made your chocolate hummus on Sunday and finished it off yesterday...it was excellent!

  3. this is a winner by just looking at the spices inside i have everything on hand and will soak some chick peas tonight

  4. DD... yep it gives it a great eggy flavor... and it's weird I like it cuz I have always hated eggs.. but I love black salt in Indian dishes and tofu salad, so it was really good here too.

    Aime... so glad you like the hummus.

    Taymer.. yay! You'll love it!

  5. Oh I'm definitely making this. I already think chickpeas are one of the most perfect foods. This salad looks great. I'll try your vegenaise recipe, too!

  6. I'm so making this right now to have with lunch. i knew those leftover chickpeas would become something great! hehe.

    black salt is the best...can't wait to get to dig in!

  7. That was me!! :) I posted the black salt suggestion on January 16. So glad you tried it & liked it!

  8. This sounds sooo good! Love the curried variation too.

    I like iceberg lettuce too, even though it's mostly water; it's got a lovely sweet crunch, and as long as someone doesn't rely on it for veggie nutrition, what harm?

    I'm off to find black salt; I've been looking for it for a while. I bought black lava salt by mistake thinking it was the same as the eggy black salt. Thanks for all the great recipes.

  9. Love all the condiments in there, like relish. I love bean salads.

  10. ok, I kid you not. I just ran to the kitchen to make this so it could sit in the 'fridge while I went for my run and could eat it for lunch after.

    Had to make a few changes due to what was on hand. No relish but added a dill pickle spear, finally chopped, had to sub oregano for the
    marjoram and celery seed for actual celery but even so?

    Wow! you are brilliant! this is so delicious and flavorful and light and just...yeah. thank you!

  11. Thanks Vegan Georgia!!

    DGMGV.... I'm so glad you liked it!

  12. Because you used black salt, I totally believe you when you say this is the best. I LOVE BLACK SALT!!

  13. Oooh yum! I love chickpeas, this sounds delicious!

  14. What are your favorite ways to use chickpeas?

    Hummus Za'atar: http://bit.ly/hYWh5M

    That recipe is inspired by a huge old Jewish cookbook that my huge old Jewish father-in-law gave me.

  15. i just made this....again. ;) this time to take to a family bbq. Can't wait to share with the omni's! thanks again and again for another really tasty and super easy to whip together addition to any meal!

  16. I just made this recipe and it IS absolutely fantastic!! Thanks for sharing your talent!!