Chickpeas with Apple Salad Recipe - Healthy and Flavorful

Chickpeas with Apple Salad

Chickpeas with Apple Salad Recipe - Healthy and Flavorful
Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 4


Chickpeas with Apple Salad
Chickpeas with Apple Salad

Chickpeas with Apple Salad is a delicious and nutritious dish that combines the earthy flavors of chickpeas with the sweet and tangy taste of apples. This recipe is perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish for dinner.


Chickpeas with Apple Salad is a modern twist on traditional chickpea salads. The addition of apples and raisins adds a refreshing and sweet flavor to the dish, making it a popular choice for those looking for a healthy and satisfying meal.


How to prepare

  1. Drain the chickpeas and rinse them under cold running water.
  2. Peel, core, and roughly chop the apples.
  3. In a bowl, mix the apples with apple juice and raisins; let them marinate for a while.
  4. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the butter and fry the diced bacon until crisp.
  5. Add the diced onion and continue frying for 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Add the chickpeas and fry them until heated through (about 10 minutes).
  7. Season to taste and serve with the apple salad.


  • Add chopped walnuts or pecans for extra crunch.
  • Substitute the bacon with grilled chicken or tofu for a vegetarian option.
  • Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a tangy flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to drain and rinse the chickpeas thoroughly to remove any excess salt or preservatives.

- Marinating the apples in apple juice and raisins adds extra flavor to the salad.

- Frying the bacon until crisp adds a crunchy texture to the dish.

- Season the dish with freshly ground black pepper for added flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Chickpeas with Apple Salad can be served as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish, or enjoyed on its own as a light lunch.

Cooking Techniques

Frying the bacon until crisp and sautéing the onions adds depth of flavor to the dish.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use canned or cooked chickpeas instead of dried chickpeas.

- Substitute the apples with pears or grapes for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

Chickpeas with Apple Salad can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Just add the apple salad right before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Chickpeas with Apple Salad in a large bowl or on individual plates, garnished with fresh parsley or mint leaves.

Pairing Recommendations

Chickpeas with Apple Salad pairs well with a crisp white wine or a light beer.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chickpeas with Apple Salad contains approximately 300 calories.


Each serving of Chickpeas with Apple Salad contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chickpeas with Apple Salad contains approximately 10 grams of fats.


Each serving of Chickpeas with Apple Salad contains approximately 15 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Chickpeas are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium, and vitamin B6. Apples are rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber.


This recipe contains dairy (butter) and meat (bacon), which may be allergens for some individuals.


Chickpeas with Apple Salad is a nutritious dish that is high in proteins and fiber, making it a healthy choice for a balanced meal.


Chickpeas with Apple Salad is a flavorful and nutritious dish that is easy to make and perfect for a light meal or side dish. With the combination of chickpeas, apples, and bacon, this salad is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was immediately drawn to it. It was a warm summer day and I was visiting my dear friend Maria, who was known for her amazing culinary skills. As soon as I walked into her kitchen, I was hit with the delightful aroma of spices and herbs.

Maria greeted me with a warm smile and a hug, and as we caught up on each other's lives, she began preparing lunch. I watched in awe as she effortlessly chopped vegetables, cooked meat, and mixed various ingredients together. Everything she did seemed so natural and fluid, like she was born to be in the kitchen.

As the meal started to come together, Maria pulled out a large bowl and began to assemble a salad. She started by mixing together chickpeas, apples, red onions, and fresh herbs. The colors and textures of the ingredients were so vibrant and appealing, I couldn't wait to taste it.

I asked Maria about the salad and she explained that it was a family recipe that had been passed down through the generations. She told me that the combination of sweet apples, tangy onions, and earthy chickpeas was a perfect balance of flavors and textures.

I watched as Maria dressed the salad with a simple vinaigrette made from olive oil, lemon juice, and honey. She tossed everything together with a gentle hand, making sure that each ingredient was evenly coated with the dressing.

Finally, Maria plated the salad and sprinkled it with toasted nuts and seeds for added crunch. The finished dish was a beautiful and enticing mix of colors and flavors, and I couldn't wait to dig in.

As I took my first bite, I was blown away by the complexity of flavors in the salad. The sweetness of the apples paired perfectly with the earthiness of the chickpeas, while the tangy onions and bright herbs added a burst of freshness to each bite.

I asked Maria for the recipe, knowing that I had to recreate this dish at home. She graciously wrote it down for me, detailing each step and ingredient with care. I thanked her profusely and promised to make the salad for my family soon.

When I got home, I wasted no time in gathering the ingredients for the chickpea and apple salad. I followed Maria's instructions to the letter, chopping, mixing, and dressing the salad with the same care and attention to detail that she had shown.

As the salad came together, I couldn't help but think about the wonderful time I had spent with Maria and the valuable lesson she had taught me about the importance of good food and good company. I knew that this recipe would become a staple in my own kitchen, passed down to my children and grandchildren in turn.

And so, every time I make chickpeas with apple salad, I think of Maria and the special bond we share over a love of cooking and sharing delicious meals with those we hold dear. It's a reminder of the power of food to bring people together and create lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come.


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