Celery and Chickpea Salad

This recipe is so simple, I kind of feel like this post is about like writing out the recipe for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

After making all those cupcakes this weekend (and obviously tasting the frosting multiple times, just, you know, to make sure it was still good), attending the wedding, and going to a party at our friends’ house, my body was craving something other than sugar and fat. I love hearty salads like this because they make me feel so healthy, and of course they’re delicious, too.

The amounts are completely adjustable. Taste and add lemon juice, salt, or cumin as you see fit. Use 1/2 cup garbanzos and 2 stalks of celery to make an individual portion, or 3 cups of garbanzos and 12 stalks of celery to feed a crowd! The longer it sits, the more the flavors combine and mellow, so if you can wait an hour, you’ll be rewarded (but most of the time, my schedule is too packed to wait, so don’t worry…it’s still good right away).

(inspired byCooking with Amy)

2 cups garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
8 stalks of celery, very thinly sliced
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
a few pinches sea salt

Toss the garbanzos and celery together. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and cumin and mix well. Taste and add more seasonings as necessary. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.


3 Responses to “Celery and Chickpea Salad”

  1. 1 Debi October 27, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Totally in the mood for this at 9:30am! I also think my son would try this as he loves celery. Sometimes simple is best.

  2. 2 GirlonRaw October 27, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Hey I know what you mean about your body just craving something fresh and hearty after all those cupcakes. I am staying with my family right now and my mum keeps feeding my pregnancy cravings with yummy vegan cupcakes and delicious frosting, but now I just want salad, salad, salad! I have bookmarked this and intend to make it pronto! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3 Tasha October 27, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Whenever I have little control of what I will be eating (after parties, family dinners and such), I always need and crave fresh tasting, healthy foods like this. Two of my husband’s favorite ingredients are celery and chickpeas, so I know this will be a big hit.

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