Easy Chickpea Spring Salad with Citrus Dressing_3

Spring is in the air, and this season I’m looking to get more vegetarian and vegan sources of protein. I love having beans incorporated into my lunch meals, so this chickpea salad is great for taking in a packed lunch. 1 cup of this salad boasts 7.4 grams of plant protein! Add some additional veggies on the side like raw carrots, celery or cucumber and it would be a healthy and filling meal.

The dressing is sweet with a citrus kick, as I used fresh orange juice in the dressing. There are so many ways you could do variations of this salad as well. This is the basic recipe, but the add in options are pretty endless. What I think would go best would be: chopped avocado, chopped fresh parsley, corn off the cob and feta cheese (you wouldn’t need to add additional salt if you added cheese). You could also easily cub out the chickpeas for white beans, dark kidney beans, navy beans or black beans.

Easy Chickpea Spring Salad with Citrus Dressing_2

I liked the hint of sweet onions in this, but if you aren’t a fan of raw onions, using chopped green onions or chives would be a milder option. But in all honesty, this recipe was delicious as is, and so easy. This was done in 10 minutes, start to finish.

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