If you are looking for a light and filling salad, you've found it! This chickpea and pepper salad pairs well with your favorite protein or is fantastic on its own.
A light lunch or dinner that will satisfy
This chickpea and pepper salad and full of fiber and good fats. It will satisfy you and fill you up, while not spending lots of points or calories.
Chickpeas are the stars of the show
Chickpeas make up about half of this recipe. They are a wonderful source of both protein and fiber, both of which will fill you up. Protein and fiber also help keep your appetite under control. They also work together to slow digestion, which is what promotes fullness. As an added bonus, protein may increase the levels of appetite-reducting hormones in the body.
Protein and fiber work synergistically to slow digestion, which helps promote fullness. In addition, protein may increase levels of appetite-reducing hormones in the body.
Chickpeas are also a wonderful source of plant-based protein. If you are vegetarian or vegan, this is a fabulous dish to get a hefty dose of protein.
If you want to learn more about how awesome chickpeas are, please click here.
Variety is the spice of life; there's lots of room for variety with this chickpea and pepper salad
This salad is only as limited as your imagination! You can certainly make it the way that it's written up here. But if there are ingredients that you don't like, remove them. Other veggies that you do like, add them.
When I first made this, I would put shrimp in it. But that limited the time that I had to eat it. So now I make the salad and add my protein in. Shrimp, chicken, lunch meat, tofu are all protein add-ins that would pair well with this salad.
If you want some grains in this salad, quinoa or bulgur, brown rice are all wonderful choices. A mixture of these grains would work too. They are full of fiber and some have protein as well.
What to serve with your chickpea and pepper salad
If you are wondering what to serve with this delicious salad, cheddar bay biscuits would be a fabulous choice if this is a stand-alone meal. I will warn you though if you are making them, double the recipe. My family devours them every time I make them.
This BBQ chicken recipe would pair wonderfully with this chickpea and pepper salad. And if you have leftover chicken, you can chop it up and throw it in the salad the next day as well.
This recipe is perfect to make a huge batch and have it for lunch during the week. You can mix up the protein each day, use it as a side to another lunch, or just eat it on its own. Planning ahead is key to success. One of the ways that I've been successful is using iTrackBites. It's a super-easy way to plan ahead and track your eating.
- cost: iTrackBites costs $36 for the year (using this link for 40% off makes it $36 – use COACH_SMILEY to save!!), WW is $20+ for the month, and it's the same formula and less options
- choices: I can choose PointsPlus, Freestyle, or any other plan I want with iTrackBites. Even with the new WW changes, they only offer 3 plan options (not PointsPlus).
- logs: You can export your tracker data by the week, month, or quarter with iTrackBites. WW does not give you access to quarterly data.
- accuracy: I've found inaccurate info in the WW app due to members submitting and not paying attention to the right numbers. With iTrackBites, I know if I see the green check, it's been verified as accurate. This puts my mind at ease!
BLUE PLAN: 3 Points
GREEN PLAN: 6 Points
PURPLE PLAN: 3 PointsPrint
2 cups chickpeas
2 bell peppers
4 Tbsp Trader Joe's Greek Goddess dressing
4 Tbsp Trader Joe's Avocado Tzatziki
Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Put them in a large bowl
Dice the peppers and tomato into bite-sized pieces.
Dice the onions into small pieces.
Dice the avocado into bite-sized pieces.
Chop the cilantro into small pieces.
Combine all the vegetables and cilantro in the bowl. Pour the dressing and dip on top, squeeze the lemon on top and stir to combine.
Refrigerator for an hour to let the flavors combine.