Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad {Garbanzo Bean} #MysteryDish

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

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.

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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.

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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


Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad #MysteryDish

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Snack, Mystery Dish



  • 1 15oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup of yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup of roma tomatoes, diced {seeds removed}
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 large lime
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  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:
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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  1. 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!

    1. 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!

    1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

    1. 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! 🙂

  3. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

  4. 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

    1. 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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