A delicious Chickpea and Edamame Salad — enjoy as a light meal or as a delicious side dish.
A few weeks ago I stopped in our local warehouse store to pick up our weekly supply of diapers. As usual I was out shopping on very little to eat and was walking around the store starving. I figured I would grab something to eat at the store to munch on driving home. Since I wasn’t in the mood for a hundred count box of Ho Ho’s I stumbled upon this fresh chickpea salad that look like it would satisfy my hunger. This salad was so good I nearly ate the entire thing driving home.
Since then, I have recreated this salad at home and is now a salad I have made and ready to dive a fork into whenever I need a few bites of something while I am chasing the twins. It is light, refreshing and full of dried herbs such as basil, oregano and rosemary that really compliment this salad well.
The best part about this salad; it is so simple to whip up. It is perfect for a summer picnic in the park with some fresh fruit, sparkling water and a warm baguette.
Chickpea and Edamame Salad
Serves: 4-6 servings
- 2 (15.5oz each) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) rinsed and drained
- ¾ cup edamame (soy beans)
- ⅓ cup red pepper, chopped
- ⅓ cup green pepper, chopped
- ¼ cup carrots, diced
- 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
- In a large bowl combine chickpeas, edamame, red pepper, green pepper, carrots, dried cranberries, minced garlic and set aside.
- In a small bowl combine grapeseed oil, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, oregano, basil and rosemary. Whisk until blended.
- Pour dressing over chick peas and gently toss.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Chill for at least 30 minutes for flavors to blend.
- Serve chilled.
You can find shelled edamame in the produce section. I find it more economical to purchase frozen edamame, cook them quickly and they easily pop out of the pods.