Christmas in July Chickpea Salad

Happy Hump Day friends! 

I am doing my first post for the Recipe Redux. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing community of healthy food bloggers. The theme this month is "Fresh from the Garden". Sadly, I live in an apartment so gardening isn't much of an option for me. I have attempted (and failed) to keep some potted plants alive on my porch but have decided to leave it up to the farmers at the Kalamazoo Farmers' Market for my organic, local, and seasonal goods. 

The first time I made this salad, I couldn't get Christmas out of my head. It may have been all of the "Christmas in July" sale ads that were playing on the TV in the background or maybe it's the beautiful bold colors that this salad is made of...either way, this salad got named the "Christmas in July" salad. 

This salad is perfect for the Recipe Redux theme this month. It is comprised of local ingredients all found at our local farmers' market (minus the pantry staples). The summer heat has (finally!!) hit us in west Michigan so this no-cook meal makes the perfect light meal or side dish. The chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber. Each color in this salad is packed with a different nutrient...that's the beauty of eating the rainbow. 

I hope you enjoy this salad along with all of the other "Fresh from the Garden" recipes found on the Recipe Redux this month. 

Christmas In July Chickpea Salad

Serves 2-3

Note: Herbamare is a seasoning made of salt dried herbs. If you cannot find it, you can use salt and pepper. 

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped

1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced

1/4 cup red onion, finely diced

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/8 teaspoon mustard

1/8 teaspoon herbamare (see note)

1/8 teaspoon coriander

1. In a medium bowl, mix together chickpeas, parsley, pepper, and onion.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, mustard, herbamare, and coriander. 

3. Pour dressing over bean mixture and toss to combine. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.