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Greek Chickpea Salad + Mamma Mia!

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A super simple Greek-inspired chickpea salad that is chock full of veggies.  It is a delicious spring/summer side dish and the perfect make-ahead lunch.

Greek Chickpea Salad 6 graphicI am craving salads like mad right now.

Greek Chickpea Salad 2-2Salads with lettuce, salads with pasta (GF now), and of course one of my favorites, chickpea salads.

At this point I am not discriminating.  If you put one of the above salads in front of me, there is a pretty darn good chance that I am going to eat it and love it.

Greek Chickpea Salad 3-2This past weekend I ate lettuce-based salads twice, and prepped this Greek Chickpea Salad for several of my lunches for the week.  It turns out that when you start with beans, add tons of raw veggies, mix in some herbs, and coat everything is a super-simple dressing, deliciousness happens in a matter of about 15 minutes.

This salad is:

protein-packed
savory
crunchy
flavorful
perfectly tangy
simple
and refreshing

Greek Chickpea Salad 4Greek Chickpea Salad
Vegan + Gluten-Free
Adapted from this recipe and this recipe.

Serves 4

Ingredients

15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 English cucumber, peeled, de-seeded, and chopped
1/2 small red onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
20 grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
3 TB extra virgin olive oil
1 TB red wine vinegar
juice of half a small lemon
1 tsp dried oregano
sea salt + black pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Combine chickpeas, cucumber, onion, peppers, tomatoes, olives, and parsley in a large bowl.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and spices until well-combined.

3. Pour the dressing over the chickpeas and veggies, and stir to combine.

4. Refrigerate for at least an hour prior to serving.

This salad is best when eaten within two to three days of preparation.

Greek Chickpea Salad 5-2I chose to serve my Greek Chickpea Salad with several triangles of brown rice tortillas.  If you are not gluten-free, this would be amazing with pita chips or stuffed in pita bread.  And if you want to keep things low-carb, throw it on top of a bed of fresh greens.

Greek Chickpea Salad-2I have made and tried about a million chickpea salads, but this time I knew the one I made just had to scream Greek.  Why, you ask?  Well, I’ve had Greek food on the brain ever since I learned I have been given the opportunity to see Mamma Mia! here in Omaha in just a couple of weeks!

Mamma Mia Fox TheaterOmaha Performing Arts is featuring Mamma Mia! at the Orpheum Theatre on the following nights and times:

Friday, April 24th at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25th at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26th at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

You can purchase your own tickets for the show here.

I feel so lucky to have the ability to experience so many Broadway shows right here in Omaha.  I loved Beauty and the Beast last December, and I have no doubt that Mamma Mia! will be just as good.  Omaha Performing Arts also just announced the following shows in their Broadway Series for the coming year, so get excited if you will be in the area!

Kinky Boots from October 20-25, 2015; Dirty Dancing from November 17-22, 2015; The Wizard of Oz from December 8-13, 2015; Disney’s Newsies from February 16-21, 2016; Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella from March 15-20, 2016The Phantom of the Opera from April 20 through May 1, 2016; and The Book of Mormon from  May 31 through June 5, 2016.

I am definitely most excited about Dirty Dancing and The Wizard of Oz!

I’ll be attending Mamma Mia! with Erin during the opening night performance, and I could not be more excited.  I hope to see you there!

I was provided with complimentary tickets to the Mamma Mia! show, but was not compensated in any other way.  As always, I appreciate your continued support of Clean Eating Veggie Girl.

When you think of Greek food, what do you think of?
What movie would you love to see on Broadway?

{ 22 comments… add one }
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies April 9, 2015, 6:58 am
    I loooove Greek food! And I love that this is sort of like a village salad + chickpeas. Sounds like the perfect complement to a plate of moussaka or pastitsio :) Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Cinnamon Orange FashionedMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 9, 2015, 8:27 am
      You know I couldn't not throw some chickpeas in there, right? ;) It's an obsession...
  • Susie April 9, 2015, 7:47 am
    Um, Yes Please! Can you just come to my house and make me this. Okay, I guess I can since it is so simple! Looks amazing. Greek food always makes me think of olives and relaxing by the ocean! Susie recently posted...Coming Soon! Children’s Guide to ParentingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 9, 2015, 8:28 am
      It is SO easy, so you can definitely tackle it yourself! Though I would totally share if you were around me ;)
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 9, 2015, 8:14 am
    Ommmm! I will gladly eat up that bowl! You have me craving some chickpeas and olives now ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 9, 2015, 8:29 am
      It is SUCH a good combination!! And to think I did not used to like olives ;)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul April 9, 2015, 9:58 am
    This looks delicious!! Do you think we can sneak it into the show as a snack?! :D Thanks so much for inviting me btw!! I'm so excited for our broadway date!! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Fitness MotivationMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 9, 2015, 11:15 am
      Haha, I have a feeling their will be a "no food allowed" rule ... but that is what big purses are for, right? ;)
  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors April 9, 2015, 11:00 am
    This is seriously perfection in a bowl!! I'm obsessed with chickpeas, that might have something to do with it! Sam @ PancakeWarriors recently posted...Pineapple ColeslawMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 9, 2015, 11:16 am
      Yay! Another chickpea lover. Once you have them, you cannot stop. They always look and sound tasty to me ... even during breakfast hours :)
  • Erin April 9, 2015, 11:10 am
    I have been making something incredibly similar- switch out black olive for kalamata, add feta (because I'm obsessed with cheese), etc. The Kellogg cracker chips make excellent little scoopers to go with!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 9, 2015, 11:17 am
      Yum, yum!! I ALMOST added feta, but generally tend to avoid dairy. I'm sure it would be a fabulous addition to this salad for those who are cheese lovers :)
  • Beverley Cheng April 9, 2015, 12:17 pm
    Yum! So healthy and looks amazing. Mamma Mia sounds great - never seen a Broadway show before. You're so lucky! Beverley Cheng recently posted...Gluten Free (Flourless) Banana Protein PancakesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 9, 2015, 1:26 pm
      Ooo, Broadway shows are the best! I hope you are able to see one soon! :)
  • Sonya April 9, 2015, 1:45 pm
    Yum, this looks delish! I am just getting into chickpeas again -- ate them as a kid and despised them...guess it's one of those acquired tastes! Any chance you'll get a set of Mamma Mia! tickets to give away? Omaha has a great line up of shows coming in 2015-2016...might even be season ticket-worthy :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 9, 2015, 2:15 pm
      No tickets to giveaway with this one :( But hopefully in the future, especially for the 2015/2016 lineup. It is looking SO good! Also, I'm so glad you are coming around to chickpeas. It is amazing how our tastebuds can change and grow from childhood to adulthood. Luckily, mine changed for the better ;)
  • Farrah April 9, 2015, 6:05 pm
    I love how protein-packed + colorful this is! <3! Farrah recently posted...Reflections on Family Medicine (Elective)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 9, 2015, 9:02 pm
      Yes and yes to both of those!! It's pretty tasty too ;)
  • Erica April 10, 2015, 5:22 pm
    I love chickpeas! They are super yummy!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 10, 2015, 7:54 pm
      Aren't they? They are definitely one of my favorite sources of protein!
  • Chrissie May 9, 2015, 8:15 pm
    Ok, Hannah - here us what I want to know... do you chop all these veggies by hand? So many of the recipes you post look delicious, but I absolutely despise all the chopping. Are you cheating and using a veggie chopper? ;) If so - I am dying to know which one so I can make some of your recipes faster and easier! Spill the beans, (pun intended) what's your secret? ; ) Thanks!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 9, 2015, 9:39 pm
      Ahh, no secret! I DO chop everything by hand :( Trust me, I do not like it either. I am definitely not one of those people who finds chopping veggies therapeutic!

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