Chickpea Salad

This simple and inexpensive recipe can serve as a vegetable side dish or as the main dish for a meatless meal. Each serving is low in calories, sodium and unhealthy fats, but high in fiber. Fiber helps lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes and is essential for good health. Since foods containing fiber keep you feeling full longer, they may help in weight reduction. It is recommended that adults eat 25 to 30 grams of fiber each day.
Chickpea Salad
1 15.5 ounces canned, no-salt-added or lower-sodium chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1 cup chopped, fresh tomatoes
1 cucumber, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 small red or yellow onion, sliced
1/2 cup chopped, fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
Add all the ingredients into a large bowl. Stir to combine and serve. Serves 4
Nutritional Analysis—Calories: 168; fat: 4.5g; sodium: 48mg; carbohydrates: 25g; fiber: 6g; sugars: 4g; protein: 7g

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