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Healthy Kitchen Recipes: Chickpea and Black Bean Jewel Salad

Getting in enough protein every day can be difficult, especially if you are vegetarian, or trying to limit your meat and fish consumption. 

Beans and lentils are a great and tasty way to load up your body with nourishing protein! This recipe is a chickpea and black bean jewel salad that is easy to make! This salad will have your mouth watering with all of its fresh flavors from different herbs like mint and cilantro.

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Chickpea and Black Bean Jewel Salad

Makes roughly 6-8 portions

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  • Water 2 cups
  • Salt 1⁄2 tsp., plus more to taste
  • Cilantro, fresh, minced 1⁄2 cup
  • Mint, fresh, chopped 1⁄2 cup
  • Green onions, whites, thinly sliced 1 cup (about 2 bunches)
  • Green onions, greens, chopped 1⁄4 cup
  • Black beans, cooked, or canned, 15 1⁄2 oz. drained and rinsed
  • Chickpeas, cooked, or canned, 15 1⁄2 oz. drained and rinsed
  • Red or yellow bell pepper, chopped 1 ea. into 1⁄2” squares
  • Cherry tomatoes, quartered 3 cups
  • Persian cucumber, chopped into 1⁄2” squares 1 ea.
  • Nuts, toasted and roughly broken 1⁄2 cup
  • Lemon juice 1⁄4 cup, plus additional as needed
  • Cumin seeds, lightly toasted, ground 1⁄2 tsp., plus additional as needed
  • Garam masala 1⁄4 tsp.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil 6 Tbsp.


  1. Heat a medium-size heavy saucepan over medium-high heat and add freekeh. Toast in the dry pan, shaking or
    stirring, until freekeh becomes fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Add 2 cups of water and salt and bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, 20-25 minutes or until water has been absorbed.

  4. Turn off heat and uncover. Place a clean dish towel or paper towel over the pot and return lid. Let sit at least
    10 minutes. Uncover an allow freekeh to cool another 10 minutes.

  5.  In a large bowl, combine freekeh, with all other ingredients. Taste and add more lemon juice if desired.

  6. Serve right away or let sit for up to 1 hour before serving.

August - Chickpea and Black Bean Jewel Salad

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