Tomato Cucumber Salad with Chickpeas & Mint. This delicious version of tomato cucumber salad features the additional bright flavors of lime & mint plus the healthy addition of protein-rich chick peas.
Tomato cucumber salad is a summer-fresh classic side dish and this simple recipe is just that. With the addition of some protein rich chickpeas, this delicious salad can also be a complete lunch all on its own.
Mint is always in profusion in the small herb garden just outside my kitchen door during the summer, so I chose some of it to add a bright fresh note to the salad. Practically any fresh herb that you like or have on hand will do as a substitute though; basil, chives, oregano, tarragon or oregano would all be great choices. If you want to add a little salty element to the salad, especially of serving it as an easy lunch dish, a sprinkle of feta cheese when serving is also good.
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- 1 cup canned , low sodium chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 medium ripe tomatoes , diced
- 1 1/2 cups chopped cucumber
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- Juice of 1 lime
- zest of one lime , finely minced
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- a pinch of salt and pepper to season
Add all of the salad ingredients to a large bowl, then prepare the dressing.
To prepare the dressing, simply whisk all of the ingredients together well and pour over the salad ingredients.
Toss together well and chill in the fridge for at least a couple of hours, tossing occasionally.