This olive and lemon chickpea salad is full of plant-based protein and can be served, hot or cold, on its own or over a bed of greens.

Here are some of the plant-based benefits:

Chickpeas provide a hefty 12.5g of fiber (50% DV), and whopping 14.5 grams of protein. This makes them filling and satisfying.

Olives contain lots of healthy fats and antioxidants.

Lemon is a refreshing source of Vitamin C and phytochemicals called limonoids, which have been shown to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.

Check out the recipe below:

Olive and Lemon Chickpea Salad

Yield 2 servings


1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can)

1/2 cup olives sliced

1/2 cup celery sliced thin

1/2  cup bell peppers diced

1 green onion white and green part, sliced thin

1 cup parsley chopped

1 tsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

pink salt to taste

black pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and toss well, until fully mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


For olives, I like to use a mix of Kalamata and green olives. You can use one, both, or any combo of your favorite olives.

Get a printable version of the recipe here.


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