Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad {Garbanzo Bean} #MysteryDish

by Krista on April 29, 2014 · 39 comments

Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad  {Garbanzo Beans} | Side Dishes

A fresh and light Tex-Mex Garbanzo Bean Salad that can be made in less than 5 minutes!

Welcome to another edition of Mystery Dish!!! {Ok..on a side note whenever I start these Mystery Dish posts I always feel a little like a TV game show host}

So.. Let’s recap, shall we? Last month we had some crazy ingredients given to us and this is what the outcome was…

Coconut Shrimp with Thai Chili Ginger Sauce #coconutshrimp #seafood #appetizer #thai #ginger #shrimp

Coconut Shrimp with Thai Ginger Chili Sauce, pretty delicious looking I know! Its even more delicious tasting!

This month proved to be more of a challenge. Partly because I made a recipe earlier this month, Cilantro Lime Quinoa with Black Beans, that I posted and didn’t realize I could have used it for this month’s Mystery Dish. But also, because for whatever reason I was struggling to be creative with the ingredients this time around.

I was forced to put on my thinking cap this month and came up with this beauty, Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad. P.S. in case you didn’t know Chickpeas are the same thing as Garbanzo Beans. :)

Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad #sidedishes #glutenfree #summer #healthyrecipes #vegetarian #garbanzobeans

Jen, over at Yummy Healthy Easy, was our host for this month. She threw down gauntlet and gave us a challenge with these Mystery Ingredients: Garbanzo Beans, Eggs, Flax Seed, Cilantro, Potatoes, Lime, Bread, Quinoa, Popcorn, Dark Chocolate, Ground Turkey, and Asparagus. The challenge… use at least 2 of these ingredients in a dish. But if your like me you try to use more. :) {I used garbanzo beans, cilantro, and lime}

This Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad can be made in less than 5 minutes and has such a light and fresh flavor! It would be a perfect side dish for those summer grilling nights with the fam or the weekend Potluck your next neighbor is planning! :)

To get started, drain and rinse one 15oz. can of chickpeas {also known as garbanzo beans} place in a small bowl.

Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad #sidedishes #glutenfree #summer #healthyrecipes #vegetarian #garbanzobeans

Add 1/2 cup of diced yellow peppers, 1/2 cup of diced roma tomatoes {seeds removed} and 1 /4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro. Toss.

Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad #sidedishes #glutenfree #summer #healthyrecipes #vegetarian #garbanzobeans

Next add in the juice of 1 large lime, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve. 

Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad #sidedishes #glutenfree #summer #healthyrecipes #vegetarian #garbanzobeans

5.0 from 4 reviews
Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad #MysteryDish
 
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Recipe type: Side Dishes, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Snack, Mystery Dish
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 15oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup of yellow pepper, diced
  • ½ cup of roma tomatoes, diced {seeds removed}
  • ¼ cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 large lime
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add chickpeas {also known as garbanzo beans} into a small bowl.
  2. Add diced yellow peppers, diced roma tomatoes {seeds removed} and chopped fresh cilantro, juice of a large lime, olive oil, and salt & pepper.
  3. Toss to coat everything and serve!

Be Sure to Check out the Rest of This Month’s Mystery Dish Recipes:
April-Mystery-Dish-Collage
1. Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake by Culinary Couture 2. Pineapple Cashew Quinoa “Fried Rice” by Blahnik Baker 3. Chili Lime Popcorn by The Pajama Chef 4. Cilantro Lime Hummus by The Weary Chef 5. Gluten Free White Bean Brownies by Yummy Healthy Easy 6. Homemade Popcorn with Cilantro Lime Butter by The Well Floured Kitchen 7. Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad by Joyful Healthy Eats 8. Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomato by Chez Catey Lou 9. Key Lime Pie Popcorn by I Dig Pinterest 10. Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole by I Want Crazy 11. Frozen Pineapple Cilantro Mojito by Baking a Moment 12. Pretzel Caramel Crunch by The Dessert Chronicles

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor April 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

I love all of these mystery dish posts! And I can’t get enough of chickpeas. Awesome salad, Krista!

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Krista April 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Thanks Ashley, its always fun to have the challenge each month. :) Glad you liked this months dish!

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Kathy April 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM

This looks delicious! I am always looking for new side dishes to serve with Mexican meals. I bet it would also be good over a bed of lettuce!

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Krista April 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

oh… would totally rock over a bed of lettuce too! YUM!

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Zainab April 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Love love this salad!!! The tex mex spin is amazing and all that lime and cilantro :) I can even imagine making it a little spicy with some chili powder (because I have a problem) and still being delicious!

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Krista April 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

oh… the chili powder sounds like a good addition or chipotle peppers in adobe sauce if your really brave. {thats the stuff i’m addicted too} :) Thanks for the sweet comments Zainab!

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Matt Robinson April 29, 2014 at 10:32 AM

We love chickpeas and this really is the perfect side dish for one of those nights on the grill. On my to-make list this summer for sure. Thanks!

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Krista April 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM

It really would be.. I’m thinking like a tequila lime chicken or big juicy chipotle seasoned steak… sound good? Thanks for stopping by Matt!

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Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy April 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

This is GORGEOUS!!! I swooned when I saw your picture! This is such a flavorful and beautiful salad. I’m sure all my boys would eat this! Another slam dunk Mystery Dish! Pinned!

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Krista April 29, 2014 at 2:33 PM

awww. thanks Jen. P.S. I love the word ‘swoon’! :)

Thanks for picking some awesome ingredients this month, was definitely a challenge! You did a great job!

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Christine @ idigpinterest.com April 29, 2014 at 1:08 PM

This looks fresh and light and just plain wonderful! What a beautiful creation, Krista!

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Krista April 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Aww.. thanks so much Christine.

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Allie | Baking a Moment April 29, 2014 at 6:56 PM

I had a bit of a tough time with the list this month too, Krista! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one ;) But I love what you came up with- it looks so fresh and satisfying. Gorgeous!

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Krista April 29, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Thanks Allie, I bet whatever you came up with was amazing. Ending over to find out!

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Kelly April 30, 2014 at 6:02 AM

This is such an fantastic salad! I love chickpeas and the tex mex spin and can just imagine how fresh this tastes with all the cilantro and lime. Awesome job with the ingredients this month Krista :)

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Krista April 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Thanks Kelly. It was actually pretty fun to make, I was just kinda winging it and throwing stuff in. Turned out awesome, so glad you like it and thanks for the sweet comments!

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Sherri@ The Well Floured Kitchen April 30, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Simple and refreshing, the perfect side dish. I love it!

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Krista April 30, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Simple and fresh is totally the way to go, especially as we head into spring! :) Thanks Sherri!

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Melanie @ Carmel Moments April 30, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Ahhh….mystery dish time rolls around again. I love seeing what you girls come up with. So fun!
Happy Wednesday Krista!

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Krista April 30, 2014 at 9:07 AM

You should totally sign up to be one of the guest posters!!! We would love to have you and I KNOW you would do awesome Melanie. You are so creative in the kitchen! :)

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Chris @ Shared Appetite April 30, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Oh you overachiever, you! Using 3 mystery ingredients instead of just 2 :) This looks great. I’m a fan of anything with the words “Tex-Mex” in the title and it looks nice and healthy too!

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Krista April 30, 2014 at 9:47 AM

haha… I know, right. Normally I try to do alot more than that but this month laziness and time was the enemy! Glad you liked it Chris!

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tahnycooks April 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Give me some grilled chicken and my dinner is complete with this beautifully colored salad! Love this recipe!

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Krista April 30, 2014 at 8:29 PM

I know right! :) Perfect and so easy, glad you liked it Tahny!

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sarah k @ the pajama chef April 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

what awesome flavors krista! yum.

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Krista April 30, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Thanks Sarah!

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Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE April 30, 2014 at 9:05 PM

I actually have a can of garbanzo beans right now…and this seems like a great way to use them! I like that this is both flavorful, and quick to whip up. Totally would be a great side dish to grilled chicken?? Fun that you guys come up with stuff from a selected list. Awesome job!! Thanks for sharing, pinned :)

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Krista May 2, 2014 at 1:38 PM

You totally need to try this then, it seriously is the easiest thing ever! Combes together in like 5 minutes! If you ever want to join in on the fun let me know, we have guest bloggers each month!

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Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods April 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Krista, this sounds simply delicious! Way to go…get that thinking cap on and you come up with a beautiful healthy dish :D I love the colors!

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Krista May 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Awww.. thanks Cindy you always make me smile!

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Sophie Harriet May 1, 2014 at 4:50 AM

Oh wow – words cannot describe how delicious this looks! Undoubtedly chickpeas are the ingredient I use most in the world – salads, hummus, you name it! Can’t wait to try this scrumptious recipe! Thank you so much for another great idea! This blog is such an inspiration! x

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Krista May 2, 2014 at 1:41 PM

They are seriously so good aren’t they? I love them in salads too! :) So glad you liked it and thank you so much for your sweet words, totally made my day Sophie!

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Heather @ Sugar Dish Me May 2, 2014 at 7:07 AM

My family flips over bean salads!!! This looks great Krista!!! Pinned!

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Krista May 2, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Awww.. yeah! Well I hope they love this one, thanks for the pin Heather!

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Robin May 2, 2014 at 11:37 AM

This looks delicious! Will have to make this soon.

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Krista May 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Thanks Robin! Hope you like it! :)

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vanessa May 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Yum! I could live off of chickpeas. Lol. I love them and eat them by the handful. This salad looks delish!

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Krista May 3, 2014 at 8:27 AM

haha.. I know they are so good right? I still need to try and bake them and eat them as a snack. Thats coming up next. hehe!

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