Chickpea Delight Salad with Zesty Lemon Dressing Recipe
We’ve all heard about omega fats and why they’re so important to get in our diets, but what if you don’t want to eat fish to get them? It may sound like fish is the only way to get these vital fats, but thankfully you can get them from plant-based sources too! Enter my chickpea delight salad with zesty lemon dressing.
This healthy and refreshing salad is full of plant-based protein and essential omega-3 healthy fats, which we all need for brain, heart, hormonal health and more. It is so refreshing too!
I make this quick bean salad recipe often for me and the boys, usually as part of lunch. Try it for yourself as it is so delicious and takes under 5 minutes to make!
These humble legumes are so amazing! Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, have been eaten in Middle Eastern cuisine for thousands of years. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also super good for you.
Chickpeas are an excellent source of plant-based protein, making them a very popular addition to vegetarian or vegan diets. They’re also a great source of fiber, which helps keep your digestion robust and healthy. Thanks to chickpeas’ protein and fiber content, they also help keep your appetite under control, help you feel full longer and reduce your calorie intake at mealtime.
Chickpeas are also a great source of important vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, and folate— which is especially important during pregnancy! They’re also an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which is why I included them in this recipe. ;)
Omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent heart disease and cancer, as well as help keep conditions like eczema and arthritis under control. Omega-6 fatty acids help promote healthy brain function, good bone health, and help keep your skin and hair healthy and strong. 
Stay Cool with Cucumbers!
Cucumbers aren’t just for laying over your eyes during a day at the spa! These amazing fruits (yes, they are fruits) are a refreshing and healthy addition to any diet because they’re packed with important vitamins and nutrients.
Cucumbers are very low-calorie and have high water content. Eating water-rich produce like cucumbers, watermelon and bell peppers is a delicious way to help keep you hydrated! Staying hydrated also helps keep you regular and prevent constipation; thanks to their high water and fiber content, cucumbers are especially helpful in keeping you regular.
Cukes are also a great source of antioxidants that help fight the free radicals that can make you sick. They’re also a great source of nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C and potassium.
Enjoy These Cool Beans Any Season
Magic beans may be the stuff of fairy tales, but chickpeas are pretty magical in their own right.
My chickpea delight salad with zesty lemon dressing is an amazing source of healthy fats including those all-important omega-3s and 6’s, as well as fiber and protein. I love eating this as part of my lunch, but it would also make an amazing addition to a meal with friends and family.
If you try this recipe, make sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see! Don’t forget to share this recipe on Pinterest with your family and friends too. :)
“Omega-3 Fatty Acids: An Essential Contribution.” The Nutrition Source, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 22 May 2019, www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/fats-and-cholesterol/types-of-fat/omega-3-fats/.