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Chickpea Cucumber Feta Salad

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When it’s too hot to eat, make this Chickpea Salad….

You know when you’re a week into record breaking hot days, and you simply don’t even want to turn on the grill? You don’t really want to COOK anything? On those days I make this Chickpea Cucumber Feta salad. Chilled sliced grilled chicken, hummus, tzatziki, and pita complete the meal without heating up the kitchen. Dining Al Fresco, delicious.

I love that it’s filling, and fast to make, and full of flavour, and flexible. Phew… that’s a lot of love. But no honestly, I always have enough ingredients on hand to make this for dinner. Basic Pantry and fridge staples, that are economical, seasonal, and easy to prepare.

Can I substitute something for the red peppers?

Remember when I said this was a flexible recipe? It truly is. The only things I would say you can’t substitute or leave out is the Chick Peas, cuz, well, it IS Chickpea Salad. I like the red peppers for the sweetness they add, orange or yellow will also work. Green pepper has a very different flavor and isn’t as sweet. If you really don’t want to use peppers of any kind, radish gives a nice crunch and a pop of color.

Basic salad recipes include:

  • Cooked Chick Peas, canned or pressure cooked
  • English cucumber
  • Sweet Red Bell Pepper
  • Onion
  • Feta Cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dill

Substitutions and add in options:

You can basically leave out any ingredient that you don’t like. You can even substitute vinaigrette dressing for the mayo. Here are some changes and additions I have tried and recommend

Salad Add Ins:

  • Sliced olives, Kalamata, or any black olive
  • Tomatoes; halved cherry tomatoes, diced Roma or oil packed Sun Dried
  • Diced avocado
  • Capers, drained and coarsely chopped
  • Grilled chicken; diced
  • Grilled shrimp

Substitutions for dill:

  • Italian Parsley, chopped
  • Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • Fresh Oregano

Now, are you ready to make a delicious salad? Let’s go.

Chickpea Feta Salad

Refreshing Mediterranean salad features crisp cucumber, sweet red pepper, salty feta, savoury red onion and tender chickpeas in a homemade creamy dill sauce. Enjoy dinning Al Fresco with this no cook main dish salad.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 18 oz canned chick peas rinsed and drained
  • 1 whole English cucumber peeled and diced
  • 1 whole sweet red pepper seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • fresh lemon juice to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a medium size mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Stir well to combine. Check for seasoning and adjust to taste.
  • Place salad in the fridge for at least 20 minute to allow flavors to meld. Can be made ahead up to 2 days. Mix well before serving.
Keyword Chick Pea Salad
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By on July 8th, 2020
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