Simple Vegan & Gluten-Free Recipe Chickpea & Walnut Salad

This Chickpea and Walnut Salad recipe is super easy to make and is alternative to the better known apple cranberry walnut salad and pear and walnut salad. It’s a combination of some of my favourite fresh vegetables in just one bite. It’s packed with protein, and it is very rich in flavour. This recipe is also a perfect side dish because the flavours compliment all dishes.

Chickpeas are known for their richness in vitamins and minerals, especially fibre. It offers plenty of health benefits such as: improving digestion, and it can help you manage your weight properly.

As it’s incredibly high in protein, it’s a great substitute for meat in vegan diets. I recommend this nutritious ingredient when you’re transitioning into a vegan diet.

I added pomegranate because it’s so flavourful and, at the same time, it has anti-inflammatory factors.

You can also add vegetables of your choice as this recipe is quite versatile.

Tasty vegan and gluten-free recipe chickpea & walnut salad

Chickpea walnut salad Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas
  • Onion
  • Walnuts
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Salad Leaves of your choice
  • Salt
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Alternatives

  • Chickpeas
    • Cannellini beans – It’s the best alternative, but it’s not amazing
  • Onion
    • Leeks can do the job as well
  • Walnuts
    • Pecan nuts work just as well
  • Pomegranate Seeds
    • You can skip this, but it really does add lots of flavour
  • Salt
    • Low sodium salt
  • Balsamic Vinegar
    • Lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

1.) This recipe is so simple and very easy to make. I used canned chickpeas to keep it simple. Rinse and drain them, and you will be ready to go!

2.) Grab a bowl and toss in 1.5 cups of chickpeas, 0.5 cups of walnuts, 0.5 cups of pomegranate seeds, 1 small onion sliced and a bunch of salad leaves of your choice.

3.) Add a pinch of salt to taste and a light spray of balsamic vinegar for extra flavour. Mix all the ingredients.

4.) Enjoy as a side dish or have it as a main.

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Chickpea Walnut Salad

This Chickpea Walnut Salad recipe is super easy to make. It's a combination of some of my most favourite fresh vegetables in just one bite. It's packed with protein, and it is very rich in flavour. This recipe is also a perfect side dish because the flavours compliments all dishes.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 439 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1.5 cups Chickpeas
  • 1 pc Onion
  • 0.5 cups Walnuts
  • 0.5 cups Pomegranate Seeds
  • 1 bunch Salad Leaves
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions
 

  • This recipe is so simple and very easy to make. I used canned chickpeas to keep it simple. Rinse and drain them, and you will be ready to go!
  • Grab a bowl and toss in 1.5 cups of chickpeas, 0.5 cups of walnuts, 0.5 cups of pomegranate seeds, 1 small onion sliced and a bunch of salad leaves of your choice.
  • Add a pinch of salt to taste and a light spray of balsamic vinegar for extra flavour. Mix all the ingredients.
  • Enjoy as a side dish or have it as a main.

Nutrition

Serving: 2gCalories: 439kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 17gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 45mgPotassium: 686mgFiber: 13gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 692IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 5mg
Keyword chickpeas, walnut, salad, vegan
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Sources & Resources

Nutritial information for Wallnuts – U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170187/nutrients
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10 Comments

  1. Ruth

    This simple salad recipe is great. II always get overwhelmed when I see a recipe with so many ingredients but this one is perfect. I will definitely try it! Has all the ingredients I love

    Reply
  2. Jean

    5 stars
    I like how easy it is especially when you have only little time to prepare a meal.

    Reply
  3. Evie

    I love the pairing of ingredients and the quick turn around. We’ve tried a chickpea salad before, but weren’t sold. I think the pomegranates might be the trick here, such a combination of flavors.

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  4. Areil

    Sounds like it tastes great. I just will have to leave the onions out. Thanks.

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  5. Leena

    5 stars
    This salad looks incredible! Walnuts and pomegranate what an awesome combination, it sounds Devine. I will be trying this out with my dinner this evening x

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  6. Elise Ho

    5 stars
    Goodness. This is such a simple thing to make and sounds absolutely wonderful. I would 100% for sure at the pomegranates. I think I’ll make it this weekend or maybe even today.

    Reply
  7. Headphonesthoughts

    5 stars
    I love chickpeas. I would love to try out this salad it looks so good.

    Reply
  8. Life Between the Dishes

    Looks simple and delicious! A perfect combo for a quick and easy lunch 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  9. Tina Smith

    This recipe looks delicious. I think everyone in my household will love it.

    Reply
  10. Hyacinth

    This salad looks so good. I really enjoy chickpeas and hummus but I have to admit I don’t eat them too often. I think that this will help me try something a little different.

    Reply

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