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Chickpea Yum Yum Salad

I love the simplicity of this salad bowl because it's packed with veggies and yumminess! This salad is the perfect nutrient-dense salad that packs up perfectly for a lunch on the go and it's kid-friendly too!
Jan 9, 2020 | Joy McCarthy

I love the simplicity of this salad bowl because it's packed with veggies and yumminess! There are no leafy greens in this salad and I did that on purpose because I was making this for my daughter, Vienna, and I specifically chose all of her favourite veggies! 


chickpea yum yum salad

This recipe is... 

  • Packed with gut-friendly fibre 
  • Rich in vitamin A, C, folate, magnesium, potassium and iron
  • Packed with colourful phytonutrients (aka healthy plant compounds to fight disease and keep your immune system healthy )
  • Plant-based, gluten-free and dairy-free
  • Kid-friendly and picky-eater-approved
  • A great make-ahead recipe 

I make this salad on weekends because it keeps really well for quick and easy healthy lunches during the week. 

Chickpea Yum Yum Salad

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  • 1 can (398 mL) organic chickpeas
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs (mint, basil, or dill) chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Pinch of sea or pink salt
  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Set aside.
  2. In a salad bowl, combine chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, yellow pepper and herbs. Pour olive oil and lemon over top. Mix to combine and then sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  3. Enjoy immediately, or refrigerate for up to 1 week.


Serves 4-6

I also did a recipe video you can check out here. 

important note!

Please make sure you always use organic chickpeas, whether you use dried or canned. Otherwise, they may likely be contaminated with glyphosate, the main ingredient in the common weed killer, Round-Up, which is considered a likely carcinogen (cancer-causing) by the World Health Organization. You likely heard in 2018 there was a report released on popular brands of hummus and their glyphosate levels were shocking! 

When I buy hummus, I always buy the organic version of Sunflower Kitchen' Hummus especially because my daughter is a hummus monster. Alternative, you can make your own hummus with organic chickpeas!

If you are looking for more yummy recipe inspiration, you can find 100+ real food recipes in my newest cookbook, The Joyous Cookbook. I've created all of the recipes with everyone in mind, including those cooking for one, for two or for their family. If you don't have your copy yet, you can find out where to get one over here. 


I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

Joy xo

Virginie   •   January 14, 2020

My husband mentioned last that we have 4 cans of chickpeas and asked what the plan was with them. Guess I figured it out haha, thanks!

Joy McCarthy   •   January 14, 2020

Kelly   •   January 14, 2020

Thank you for sharing the link about the glyphosate levels!!!

Joy McCarthy   •   January 14, 2020

Joanne Nimigon   •   May 14, 2020

How do you keep your herbs fresh. I spend a lot of money on fresh herbs but they don't last long. What's your secret?

Joy McCarthy   •   May 14, 2020

Erin M.   •   May 14, 2020

These are some of my son’s favourites too! Can’t wait to try it!! Absolutely going with dill as my herb of choice!! Thanks for sharing.

Joy McCarthy   •   May 14, 2020

Brittney   •   May 30, 2020

Such a quick and easy recipe. I loved making this last weekend. It was so filling and tasted amazing👌👍

Joy McCarthy   •   May 30, 2020

Debbie K   •   June 2, 2023

Yum Yum indeed. Can't wait to make this TODAY. Thank you!


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