Chickpeas, those tiny, unassuming legumes, often hide in the shadows of more popular ingredients like quinoa, kale, or avocados. Yet, this unpretentious powerhouse of nutrition deserves its own spotlight due to its versatility and numerous health benefits.
Whether you're a dedicated foodie or just a curious kitchen explorer, incorporating their nutty flavor and tender yet slightly chewy texture is a fantastic way to ramp up your salads, curries, soups, snacks, and dinners.
So, if you're ready to embrace the world of chickpeas and savor the delightful creations they can become, here are 19 healthy chickpea recipes to try today.
- Sweet Pomegranate Chickpeas With Optional Tuna
- Spinach Salad With Toasted Chickpeas and Pomegranate Vinaigrette
- Spiced Chickpeas
- Moroccan Soup With Lentils, Chickpeas, and Couscous
- Spicy Chickpeas Shirataki Noodles
- Easy Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
- Simple Homemade Hummus
- Roasted Eggplant With Tomato and Feta
- Cilantro, Lime, Chickpea, and Feta Salad
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
- Mojito-Style Chickpea Salad
- Asian-Inspired 3-Bean Salad
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies
- Chickpea Orange and Celery Salad
- Garbanzo and Pea Soup With Ginger Carrot Broth
- Blue Cado Tostada
- Chickpea and Cucumber Salad With Dried Cherries and Cheese
- Chickpea, Tomato, and Basil Salad
- Kale, Cucumber, and Chickpea Salad
The enticing fusion of rich chickpeas, tangy and sweet pomegranate, and optional tuna make this Mediterranean-inspired meal an ideal choice for a quick and nutritious lunch or a light dinner.
If you love a refreshing spinach salad, you'll love adorning the next one with crispy toasted chickpeas. Drizzling a tangy pomegranate vinaigrette makes it an even more delightful side dish.
Whoever thinks chickpeas are boring should give this spiced version a try. Combining onion, garlic, cumin, ginger, and chili powder takes chickpeas to a level you never thought was possible!
This Moroccan-inspired soup features a hearty combination of earthy lentils, creamy chickpeas, and delicate couscous, and all simmered in aromatic spices. It's a satisfying option for a chilly autumn evening.
Red pepper flakes, garlic, parsley, and lemon juice help spruce up the chickpeas for this Japanese-inspired noodle dish. Don't hesitate to whip this up for a quick and tasty lunch.
You don't need meat in your chili when you incorporate protein-rich chickpeas. The beany, mildly nutty flavor of chickpeas blends swimmingly with other chili ingredients black beans, onions, and tomatoes.
This hummus is crafted from a velvety blend of chickpeas, sesame oil, garlic, and lemon juice. The result is a smooth, flavorful dip for your favorite crunchy veggies or warm pita bread.
When roasted eggplant is adorned with succulent tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese, the result is a combination of smoky flavors, tangy sweetness, and creamy richness. It's the perfect appetizer for a summer gathering.
The herbaceous freshness of cilantro combined with creamy feta, earthy chickpeas, and citrusy lime creates a protein-packed salad that showcases the beauty of Mediterranean flavors. It's excellent for picnics!
Who knew you could make cookie dough dip with chickpeas? This alternative to traditional cookie dough is perfect for dipping with graham crackers or fruit slices at parties or movie nights.
This chickpea salad features crisp cucumbers, zesty lime juice, and fragrant mint leaves, thus mimicking the invigorating flavors of a classic mojito cocktail. It's fantastic for summer grills or picnics.
This salad showcases kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and crisp green beans tossed in a tantalizing dressing infused with sesame oil, hot sauce, and rice vinegar, resulting in a flavor-packed lunch.
Just as you can create a cookie dough dip with chickpeas, as mentioned above, you can go ahead and make cookies as well! These soft, scrumptious cookies are fantastic for potlucks.
This chickpea orange and celery salad will surely elevate your salad game. The earthiness of chickpeas, the citrusy sweetness of oranges, and crisp celery can complement a variety of meals.
This harmonious blend ties together creamy garbanzo beans and sweet peas with the aromatic warmth of ginger and the earthy notes of carrots. You'll get a truly comforting evening soup.
This tostada entails crispy, flaky tortillas topped with creamy chunks of avocado and, surprisingly, blueberries! It's the perfect dinner party appetizer for guests who appreciate bold flavors and culinary creativity.
In this dynamic dish, the crispness of cucumbers unite with the hearty texture of chickpeas, while the dried cherries add a burst of sweetness, and the cheese provides a luscious finish.
A more straightforward dish is this chickpea, tomato, and basil salad. But straightforward doesn't mean plain. All three elements intertwine and play up with each other's natural flavors and qualities.
Another powerful trifecta is kale, cucumber, and chickpeas. The cucumber's crispness with the robustness of kale and the heartiness of chickpeas results in an invigorating mixture of textures and flavors.