Gluten-Free Middle Eastern Chickpea & Rice Salad

This hearty, whole-foods salad utilizes fresh summer produce and the crisp flavors of the Mediterranean.

Tomatoes, red peppers, and red onion add fresh flavor and color to this dish, which can be served as a filling entrée salad or a simple side.

Serves 10

What You Need:

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Peel of 1 lemon, cut into strips
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 minced garlic clove
2 red peppers, cut into wide strips
3-1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
24 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup pitted kalamata olives
1 cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup finely diced red onion

What You Do:

 

  1. Preheat broiler. In a bowl, combine lemon juice, lemon peel, olive oil, and garlic. Set aside.
  2. Place red peppers on baking sheet and broil until skin bubbles and starts to turn black. Remove peppers from broiler and place in a covered bowl for 5 minutes. Remove outer skin, and dice peppers.
  3. In a large bowl, combine rice, beans, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, parsley, onion, and peppers and toss with lemon juice dressing.

 

Chef’s Tip: Depending on your preference, you can include the lemon peel in the salad or discard.

Photo courtesy of Kim Lutz

More Recipes

Vegan Sugar Cookie Dough

The perfect sugar cookie base for making the classic variety, or customizing it with your own flavor combinations. This super adaptable dough is great for holiday baking, or any time you fire up the oven.
Read More »

Vegan Almond Cheese

This rich, complexly flavored, dairy-free cheese is perfect for your next wine and cheese soirée.
Read More »

Vegan Pesto Pasta

This can be adapted to the season and your pantry. If you have loads of basil, use all basil and no spinach; if you don’t have much, use what you have and add more spinach.
Read More »

Vegan Chunky Monkey Shake

Chocolatey goodness with the perfect touch of banana and toasted cashews makes this a treat that’s good-for-you.
Read More »

Easy Vegan Tomato Soup

Miso, chickpeas, and maple syrup add exotic flavors to this classic soup.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »