Chickpea Salad

By SmartyPlants | December 3, 2020
Makes 2 sandwiches
This salad is great as a sandwich or on crackers as a snack. It's creamy and tangy and comforting!


Our Favorite Hummus 1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup celery, diced
1 tablespoon capers, drained
1 sprinkle sea salt, to taste
2 turns freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. First, make Our Favorite Hummus according to the recipe and instructions below. Next, add the garbanzo beans to a bowl and mash with a fork or a potato masher until they are mashed, but not mushy. Feel free to leave a few garbanzo beans whole. Add 1/2 cup of Our Favorite Hummus and the remaining ingredients and mix well. Give it a taste and adjust the salt and pepper.

  2. Add a dash of Dijon mustard if you like it a bit tangy! Serve on toasted Ezekiel bread or with whole grain crackers.

Recipe Notes

Topping Ideas—baby spinach, sprouts, tomato, cucumber, avocado, sliced banana peppers.

For the Our Favorite Hummus:


1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup tahini
4 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 handful fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish
1 sprinkle smoked paprika, for garnish


  1. First, try to remove all or most of the skins on the garbanzo beans by placing them in a clean dish towel and gently rubbing them with your hands, being careful not to break them up too much—only because things can get messy. Then, pick the skins off as many garbanzo beans for which you have the patience. I usually get about 90% of them removed. This step is not necessary, but it will make your hummus extra creamy.

  2. Next, add your garbanzo beans, tahini, water, cumin, salt, garlic, and lemon juice to a food processor and blend until smooth. The longer you blend, the creamier! You may have to pause and scrape down the sides once or twice as you go. If it seems too thick, add a bit more water. Depending on the thickness of your tahini, you may need to add 2-4 more tablespoons of water.

  3. Taste and adjust the salt and seasonings. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and a sprinkle of smoked paprika.

Recipe Notes

Serve with our Baked Pita Crunchers, cucumber rounds, baby carrots, or your favorite veggies.

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