Pesto Chickpea Salad

I’ve been loving “quick fixes” lately because I’m cooking triple time in preparation for the cookbook. So, at the end of the day the last thing I want is something elaborate, time consuming, and dirty dish-creating. I just want something easy and delicious. Well, this salad takes about 10 minutes to whip up and will satisfy both your stomach AND your taste buds. As a matter of fact, it might be the most excitement your taste buds have seen a while. Pesto is seriously flavorful.

There were at least five brands of pesto at my grocery store, ranging from $1.99 to over $6, all for about the same size container. So, be sure to scour the shelves and get the best deal because that will either make or break the cost of the recipe. And hey, if you’ve got a bunch of fresh basil growing in your yard, make your own pesto! It will be even mo’ bettah!

You can eat this salad several ways. Straight out of the bowl (like I was trying not to do), on a bed of salad greens, stuffed into a pita with some sliced tomato, or even as a cracker dip. It’s good no matter what and fairly addicting, if I do say so myself.

Oh, this can easily be made vegan, too. Just sub the mayonnaise with some vegannaise!

Pesto Chickpea Salad

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Pesto Chickpea Salad

A tangy pesto chickpea salad that's great for eating alone or stuffing into a pita for a quick sandwich.
Total Cost: $3.98 recipe / $1.00 serving
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 15oz. cans chickpeas ($2.54)
  • 1/4 cup pesto ($0.66)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise ($0.33)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice ($0.06)
  • 1/4 small red onion ($0.14)
  • 1/4 bunch fresh parsley ($0.25)

Instructions

  • Empty the cans of chickpeas into a colander and rinse well with cool water. Allow the excess water to drain away. Give it a shake or two to help the water drain off.
  • In a large bowl stir together the pesto, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Add the drained chickpeas. Stir it together and lightly mash the beans.
  • Pull the parsley leaves from their stems and give them a rough chop. Thinly slice the onion or cut it into a small dice. Stir the parsley and onion into the chickpea mixture and serve.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 470.95kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 18.53gFat: 22.9gSodium: 944.48mgFiber: 16.25g
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Pesto Chickpea Salad stuffed in half of a pita and plated

Step By Step Photos

chickpeas in colander to rinse
Rinse the chickpeas in a colander and let the water drain off.

jar of pesto
This is the pesto that I found for only $1.99. It’s super potent so you don’t need to use a lot. I used only 1/3 of this jar and the rest will keep for quite a while in the refrigerator. You can find usually find pesto in a few different places – near salad dressings, near pasta sauces, or near pickled items like artichoke hearts and olives.

stirring open jar of pesto to mix in the oil that sits on top
Be careful when opening your pesto because the oil will all be on top and it will jump out at you… or at least mine did. You’ll need to give the pesto a good stir to mix the oil back in.

mayo, pesto and lemon juice in bowl with spoon
Stir together the mayo, pesto, and lemon juice. The creamy mayo makes a nice companion to the sharp pesto and kind of mellows things out, while the lemon juice freshens it up.

chickpeas and pesto mayo added together in bowl
Stir together pesto/mayo and the drained chickpeas.

mashing chickpeas
Mash up some of the chickpeas as you mix it together. This makes it more like an egg salad or tuna salad texture.

Chopped parsley and onions added to chickpea mixture
Add the roughly chopped parsley and thinly sliced (or diced) onions and stir everything together.

Finished pesto chickpea salad in mixing bowl
TA-DA! You’re done and you’ve got a delicious, healthy meal. Pat yourself on the back.

Small bowl of Pesto Chickpea Salad