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Chickpea Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

I like to eat chickpeas from the can. It’s true. We have a few cans in the cupboard and when Sam is away in the evenings at the theatre I’ll eat them as a snack. We once had an argument that went like this:
S: Is there anything you want picking up at the shop?
Me: Chickpeas.
S: Just a tin of chickpeas? What are you going to do with them?
Me: ……eat them? You like eating plain rice…so….. suck it. Buy me some chickpeas. Please.

But when I make them as a side dish for other people to enjoy, I understand that maybe they need a little excitement. If you’re not a fan of cilantro then never eat this dish.

Chickpea Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

chickpea and cilantro
Adapted from Heather’s Dish. I like things spicy, so if you’d prefer it a bit more mild, take a look at her original recipe.

15 oz can of chickpeas (the equivalent of 2 cups)
2 cups of spinach, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
juice of 2 limes
3/4 cup of cilantro
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
1/2 teaspoon of salt
dash of cayenne

Add your chopped spinach, chickpeas, onion, pepper and jalapeno into a large bowl. (Clearly this recipe isn’t very hard.)
Then add the lime juice, spices, oil, dijon, garlic and cilantro into a food processor and pulse until it’s smooth. If you don’t have a food processor, put all these ingredients into another bowl (having chopped the garlic really finely) and then just whisk with excessive force. Aka until it’s smooth.
Pour the dressing over the vegetables and stir until everything is evenly coated. Cover and let it sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before eating.

chickpea and cilantro side

I’d love to pretend that I ate this over a bed of quinoa and kale but in reality it was a side dish to some halloumi sandwiches.

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  • Oooh, that looks so good! I really like chickpeas too although I can’t eat them without anything else with them. My friend does that too and although I have tried… just… no.

    • Hahaha yea I know it’s a gross habit. Or, an acquired taste, to put it more nicely πŸ˜‰ x

  • i think i could eat this little dish all day! yum!

  • That looks awesome! I really like refried beans from a can, so back in California one day I was at work and realized I had no lunch so I called Fredrik to bring me something from home and he showed up with a can of refried beans. My boss laughed for like ten minutes but I was like sweet pop them into the microwave and enjoy!

    • I’d totally eat refried beans from a can.I don’t think that’s gross at all! (They’d have to be warm, so I guess they wouldn’t technically be from the can…) Maybe it’s a Southwestern thing. x

  • This sounds really good! I have to keep reminding myself that cilanrto is coriander, though. I looked at the recipe and was like “What’s cilantro?… Oh yeah!”.

    • Thank you! Ah the great cilantro vs coriander debate. One Sam and I have had many a time. But now whichever word is one the shopping list, we know what it means. The first time I tried finding it at the store I nearly had a meltdown. x

  • suck it. πŸ˜‰ when Justin isn’t home, my diet changes completely – corn out of the can? why not.

    • I’ve definitely eaten and enjoyed corn out of a can many a time. Although I’ve been known to grate some cheese into it and sprinkle it with a dusting of chile powder… x

  • Thank you! I wouldn’t expect them to be popular it Italy either. Although I’ve never been to Italy so I only think of some pretty stereotypical food… x

  • This looks so perfect. I made hummus a few weeks ago but this is so on my list now! I want some right now.

    xx Sarah | Loser Girl Wins

    • Ohh- I have a question about your hummus making process! Did you use canned chickpeas or did you boil dried ones? It seems clear that boiling leads to a better flavour but it takes so much more time… (HAhaha I’ve been researching making flavoured hummus lately.) x

  • Thanks for the warning! LOL.. I am not a fan of cilantro so I will never eat this. But I’m sure to those who love cilantro, it would be delicious…!

    • Ha, yea, I love cilantro but I know it can be an overwhelming flavour and if you don’t like it in small doses than you’ll never like this! πŸ˜‰ x