Chickpea salad

Well, we’re finally back home. After an amazing time away we’re back to the routine! Yippieee!!!! Kids in school, adults back to work, lunch boxes, meal planning (I’m working on it and I hope to publish the first post soon).

chickpeas, tomatoes, turkey breast in a bowl on a  wooden cutting board

This chickpea salad is a super easy peasy salad we ate often when we were in Spain. My kids call it “Grandpa’s chickpea salad” because my dad likes it… Not very sophisticated but that’s the true story…

With just 4 ingredients (chickpeas, tomatoes, deli turkey breast and olive oil) you have a meal ready in no time that can save you from one of those I-don’t-want-to-cook or I-have-nothing-ready-for-dinner-and-it’s-way-too-late-to-cook!

chickpeas, tomatoes and turkey breast in a small grey bowl

Plus, this chickpea salad is super healthy and nutritious!! Chickpeas are rich in protein, folate, fiber, iron, phosphorus and “the good fat” (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids). And they have a low glycemic index and low glycemic load which helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, which is especially important for people with type 2 diabetes. Tomatoes are a good source of fiber, vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, E and K, and contain several antioxidants such as lycopene and beta-carotene. The deli turkey breast might not be the healthiest ingredient of all, but when eaten in moderation is the “healthiest” of the deli meats and it adds some more protein to the salad.

chickpeas, tomatoes and turkey breast in a small bowl

You can play with the ingredients and add cheese, substitute the turkey breast for ham if you prefer, or change the tomatoes for cucumber which is what I did this morning when I realized that it was my kids’ lunch and we had used all our tomatoes last night for our salad!!

chickpeas, tomatoes and turkey breast in a small grey bowl
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Chickpea salad

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course


Super easy, versatile and healthy salad that you can put together in less than 10 min.


  • 28 oz (2 cans) cooked chickpeas
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 8 slices turkey breast
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt


  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  2. Dice the tomatoes and cut the turkey breast in small squares (same size of the tomato dices).
  3. Put everything in a big bowl and add extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  4. Mix everything and eat!


  • You can prepare it ahead of time and leave it in the fridge without the salt and olive oil.
  • This is a very versatile salad: you can add other ingredients such as cheese or cucumber and you can also substitute the turkey breast for ham if you prefer.

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