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Tomato, Onion, and Artichoke Chickpea Salad

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A fresh, filling, and flavorful Tomato, Onion, and Artichoke Chickpea Salad that is both vegan and gluten-free. It makes for the perfect main or side dish contribution to a spring or summer gathering!

Tomato_Artichoke_Chickpea_Salad 4 graphicI have not mentioned it here on the blog before, but I am a bit of a reality TV junkie.  Whether it be The BachelorTeen Mom, 19 Kids and Counting, etc. (I could go on and on), a large number of my favorite television shows are based on reality.  Or, should I say, “reality?”  Trust me, I am well aware that there is a fine line between what is real and what is portrayed on TV.

One of my favorite television shows that started me off on my reality TV obsession was Jon and Kate Plus 8.  I remember watching it throughout college while it was regularly on the air, and my college roommate and I would even watch the DVDs of the seasons before we went to bed some nights.  As a result, there is just something about that show that brings me comfort.

Tomato_Artichoke_Chickpea_SaladEven though the show is no longer (I do still enjoy Kate Plus 8), I still find myself rewatching the seasons some nights before I go to bed.  They take me back to the good ‘ole college days and nights when I would watch the show at home with my mom.  I tend to have a million things on the brain each night, which makes it hard for me to wind down enough to feel tired.  For some reason, that show just does it for me.

Tomato_Artichoke_Chickpea_Salad 2A couple of weeks back, I was watching an episode from one of the earlier seasons.  In that specific episode, Kate was seen making a tomato and onion salad that she deemed a “family favorite.”  I thought it sounded delicious, but wanted to turn the salad into a protein-packed, filling meal.

Tomato_Artichoke_Chickpea_Salad 5I believe that her Tomato Onion Salad recipe appears in her cookbook, Love Is in the Mix, but I also found it on several websites thanks to my good friend, Google.  My Tomato, Onion, and Artichoke Chickpea Salad is based on her original recipe, but has been “Hannah-fied” with the addition of two of my favorite foods: chickpeas and artichokes!

Tomato_Artichoke_Chickpea_Salad 8Whether you serve this salad as a side dish or for a main meal, you are going to love how fresh, filling, and flavorful it is.

Tomato_Artichoke_Chickpea_Salad 3Tomato, Onion, and Artichoke Chickpea Salad
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free
Adapted from Kate Gosselin’s Tomato Onion Salad

Serves 4 to 6


6 medium tomatoes, sliced
1 small sweet yellow onion, thinly sliced
14.1 oz can quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained
15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 TB balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp coconut or white sugar
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped


1. Combine tomatoes, onions, artichoke hearts, and chickpeas in a 9 x 13-inch glass dish.

2. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar.

3. Pour marinade over the tomato/onion/artichoke/chickpea mixture.  Top with fresh basil.

4. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours.  Serve.

5. Store leftovers in the fridge.  This salad is best when eaten within 2 to 3 days.

Tomato Artichoke Chickpea SaladIf you are not gluten-free, I would definitely serve this with pita bread or chips.  I, unfortunately, could not find any gluten-free pita chips.  I’m sure they exist somewhere in the universe.  Or heck, I could be a little less lazy and make my own.

Tomato_Artichoke_Chickpea_Salad 6But this time I decided on these lentil chips.

Tomato_Artichoke_Chickpea_Salad 7They were a pretty perfect dipper for this salad.  Next time I am definitely adding hummus into the mix, too!

What is your favorite spring/summer salad?  Please share the links in the comments.

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  • Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie May 4, 2015, 7:48 am
    I need to eat this by a pool with a good book in my other hand! Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted...Weekend Recap: First Time for EverythingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2015, 10:12 am
      That sounds pretty perfect to me!! I might add in a lemonade or an adult beverage too ;)
  • Looks so fresh and summery! I don't think I've actually tried an artichoke before...except for in a spinach artichoke dip. I'm adding that to the list of veggies I need to try. :) Pinning! Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut recently posted...Did You Know Link-Up #16: Fueling for RacesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2015, 10:14 am
      Oh my gosh, artichokes are SO good! Obviously they are amazing in spinach artichoke dip, but I love them in other salads, on sandwiches, and in soups too!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine May 4, 2015, 8:37 am
    O I could eat artichokes everyday! I love them so so so much! Their flavor is just so unique!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2015, 10:15 am
      I hear you!! They are definitely a very underrated food. More people need to start cooking with/eating them!
  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors May 4, 2015, 9:34 am
    Yum this is perfect for me - all my favorite flavors - this would be so good in the summer, even by itself without the chips!! Thanks for sharing!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2015, 10:17 am
      Yes, it is great all on its own! I also think it would be super tasty served over a bed of greens :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul May 4, 2015, 10:08 am
    Girl you are killing it with these salads! YUM!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2015, 10:18 am
      Haha, thank you!! I'm glad you are :D
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien May 4, 2015, 10:16 am
    How easy is this?! I bet it gets even better as it sits! Perfect for a partayyy with all the lentil chips.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2015, 10:19 am
      Yes, yes, and yes! I love a good recipe that simply requires throwing everything into a bowl and letting it all hang out for awhile. Easy peasy :D
  • Alissa Apel May 4, 2015, 1:04 pm
    That's a perfect salad for this time of year. My youngest LOVES tomatoes. I bet he'd like this salad a lot. People say that kids are picky eaters. Mine eat almost anything. Alissa Apel recently posted...Strength Stack 52 Complete Pack ReviewMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2015, 2:12 pm
      I sure hope my future children are the same way! I think if you raise them eating healthy foods and a large variety of food then they will eat them not knowing any different.
  • Jen@jpabstfitness May 4, 2015, 1:14 pm
    looks delicious! One of my kids favorite summer dips is hummus topped with cucumber,tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. Jen@jpabstfitness recently posted...May GoalsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2015, 2:14 pm
      YUM! That sounds like my kind of dip!! You have some smart kiddos :)
  • Ashley May 4, 2015, 1:39 pm
    Oh my goodness, this sounds awesome! I can never turn down chickpeas and with those fresh tomatoes and basil? Perfect for summer! Ashley recently posted...How To Set Up A DIY Mimosa BarMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2015, 2:17 pm
      I literally cannot wait until tomatoes are perfectly ripe this summer. I imagine I'll be making this again and again with tomatoes from the farmers market!
  • Beverley Cheng May 4, 2015, 2:36 pm
    Ahhh I used to watch Jon and Kate with my mother when I was younger! I used to love the show so much until it got super weird, and dramatic and all about the money. Kind of sad really. Love the salad - I need to start adding artichokes into my salads because theyre sooo GOOD. mmm Beverley Cheng recently posted...Mexican Enchilada CasseroleMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2015, 4:08 pm
      Yes, I definitely miss the old Jon and Kate days! And major YES to the artichokes. They are awesome in salads!
  • Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street May 4, 2015, 8:32 pm
    Sounds SO good for summer! Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street recently posted...Creating Curb Appeal with Colorful PlantsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2015, 9:24 pm
      I agree! There is just something about salads that are perfect for summer!
  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables May 4, 2015, 9:18 pm
    You know, I never think to use artichoke in recipes, but I LOVE the taste! They add such a yummy tang to recipes. I need to get some for my next salad! Thanks for the inspiration!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2015, 9:25 pm
      They are SO good! I love the min dips, salads, on sandwiches, AND in soups! You should definitely try 'em out in some new ways :)
  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 4, 2015, 10:58 pm
    I love your creative process on this one. The inspiration is awesome. :) Looks delicious!!! Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted...Baseball is HardMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 5, 2015, 7:29 am
      Thanks so much, Laura! I hope you give it a try :)
  • Mae @ My Wife's Muffin May 5, 2015, 6:16 am
    I'm always looking for great meatless recipes! This sounds delicious and since I love chickpeas so much I think I'm going to have to give this a try! Mae @ My Wife's Muffin recently posted...Apple of My Eye Coleslaw (Apple Coleslaw with Greek Yogurt, Cinnamon, Honey Dressing)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 5, 2015, 7:30 am
      YES for being a fellow chickpea lover! If you love chickpeas, this should definitely be your kind of salad.
  • Sarah @ The Chef Next Door May 5, 2015, 9:06 am
    This looks so delicious and perfect for summer! I'm slightly addicted to chickpeas. :) Sarah @ The Chef Next Door recently posted...Blood Orange Olive Oil CakeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 5, 2015, 9:15 am
      You and me both! They are so good! I love adding them to my meals whenever possible.
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health May 5, 2015, 10:38 am
    Wow, Hannah! This looks so good! All of the flavors sound so flavorful and I love that it's nutritious enough to eat for a meal. And I'm addicted to reality TV too. My husband lectures me all the time about it but it's my guilty pleasure. It's a great way to distract our brains and just relax! Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...5 Ingredient No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein BarsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 5, 2015, 4:44 pm
      Thank you Sarah! And I'm so glad to hear that I am not the only reality TV junkie out there ;) You are right.. it is the perfect way to escape from the day and relax. Often times it also makes me feel better about myself and my life ;)
  • Camesha | Mama Motivator May 5, 2015, 11:20 pm
    This looks delicious and so refreshing for summer! Camesha | Mama Motivator recently posted...10 Things I Hope I’m Teaching My KidsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 6, 2015, 9:29 am
      It is perfect for summer and definitely very refreshing. I plan to eat this on warm days this year when I don't feel like cooking and getting my kitchen hot.

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