Easy | Servings: 6 | Ready In: 10 minutes | Yield: 4 cups
Healthy chickpeas replace tuna in this easy vegan recipe. A quick, oil-free dressing is made from tahini, Dijon mustard, and capers. Mediterranean “Roman” flavor comes from a colorful mix of sun-dried tomatoes, bell pepper, olives, and more. This plant-based, gluten-free, salad is a snap to make, and it gets even better the next day.
- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ¼ red onion, diced
- ½ red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- ¼ cup Kalamata olives, chopped
- ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
- 2 tablespoons capers, drained and loosely chopped
- 2 tablespoons of the caper brine
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
How it’s Done
To make the Chickpea “Tu-No”: Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place into a medium bowl. Use a fork to mash the chickpeas into a consistency resembling canned tuna.
To make the Roman Chickpea Salad: Dice the red onion, bell pepper, and celery. Chop the olives, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and capers. Add all to the bowl with the mashed chickpeas. Add 2 tablespoons of the caper brine, along with the tahini, Dijon, and black pepper. Stir well to combine.
Serve on toasted bread or enjoy with lettuce and tomato.
Yield: 4 cups
Chef Katie’s Tips
Canned Bean Tip: Always drain and thoroughly rinse canned beans before using. This removes any of the canned flavor and makes them more digestible.
Make a Day Ahead: This salad tastes even better after it sits for a day.
Add Fresh Herbs: You can add other fresh herbs for even more healthy flavor. Tarragon, parsley, and fresh mint would add bright flavors.
Low-Sodium: If you’re concerned about sodium from the caper brine and olives, you can cut back on these and use some fresh lemon zest and juice for salt-free flavor. Check for canned chickpeas with “No Salt Added”
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Serving size: 1/6 of a recipe (3.3 ounces).
Calories From Fat (32%) 38.46
% Daily Value
- Total Fat 4.55g 7%
- Saturated Fat 0.52g 3%
- Cholesterol 0mg 0%
- Sodium 166.1mg 7%
- Potassium 303.62mg 9%
- Total Carbohydrates 15.68g 5%
- Fiber 4.68g 19%
- Sugar 3.68g
- Protein 5.29g 11%
- Calcium 17.37mg 2%
- Iron 56.7mg 315%
- Vitamin A 496.63IU 10%
- Vitamin C 1032.81mg 1721%