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Savory Sitter: Easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Hi! Heather the babysitter here bringing you another babysitter friendly snack. This easy Mediterranean chickpea salad is one of my favorite babysitter recipes yet. Even though it’s fun to have sugary treats on occasion, it makes me very happy to see kids gobbling up super healthy, nutritious food that we just made together!  This salad is easy, healthy, quick and completely delicious.

There are certain food items that I recommend having on hand at all times. In fact, write a column about this on my blog, Three More Big Bites, called Perfect Pantry [1]. Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo beans, made the list because they are  useful for so many things such as, salads, hummus, pasta..etc. And especially if you’re going to have a babysitter in the house, it’s great to have some go-to items on hand.

In this salad, the chickpeas are the star, complimented beautifully by the Mediterranean flavors of the vegetables and feta. The babysitter should do all of the chopping, but it’s fun to let the kids crumble the feta  in and combine the salad ingredients together. This salad makes for a  great protein-rich snack or meal!

Easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes


1 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3 small cucumbers,  chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

1. In a large prep bowl, combine the first six ingredients.
2. Add the lemon juice and olive oil and toss together to combine and coat thoroughly.
3. Season to taste with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.

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[1] Perfect Pantry: http://threemorebigbites.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/perfect-pantry-garbanzo-beans/

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