Chickpea Pesto Salad

This Chickpea Pesto Salad is a quick and easy main dish salad takes less than 10 minutes to make.


Ten minutes – 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 – and you’re ready to introduce your taste buds to this full-of-flavor, I’m-gonna-miss-you-summer, super-healthy Chickpea Pesto Salad!

So easy to make, so tasty, and so good for you.  Perfect.

One note: I tried making this salad with canned chick peas for convenience sake, and, I just want to tell you, “No.” Pull out your crock pot, or your Instant Pot to make the garbanzos. It’s worth the extra few minutes of your time. Those dry and crunchy canned chick peas just don’t work here.

That pot full of oh-so-tender, melt-in-your-mouth beans will be just begging to be bathed in luscious basil dressing.

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Chickpea Pesto Salad

Full of flavor and nutrition, this Chickpea Pesto Salad may just become your favorite summertime salad!


Garbanzo (Chickpea) Pesto Salad

A quick and easy main dish salad takes less than 10 minutes to make. This dish tastes best with crock-pot– or Instant Pot-cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans).
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
YIELD 4 servings
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  • Place drained chickpeas in a mixing bowl.
  • Gently mix in onion, olives, and tomatoes.
  • Place garlic, basil, parsley, oil, dressing, lemon juice, and salt in food processor and process until mixture is thoroughly combined and basil and parsley are chopped very, very fine.
  • Stir basil mixture into chickpeas.
    Serve immediately.


The amount of salt needed in this dish will depend on the amount already in the chickpeas.

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