This delicious Turmeric Roasted Chickpea Salad with Mint Dressing is hearty and full of flavors with a perfect blend of roasted chickpeas and broccoli with fresh vegetables!
Turmeric Roasted Chickpea Salad with Mint Dressing is perfect for kicking off the New Year. It is healthy and hearty and a welcome change from all the indulgent foods that were eaten over the past holiday.
I must say that I miss the holidays because I got to spend quality time with my family and friends. But I’m so happy to start a new year with new goals, new desires, and a feeling of growth!
On a lighter note, this salad is great for detoxifying. It is vibrant and colorful, with fresh tomatoes, avocados, cucumber, flavorful broccoli, and roasted chickpeas.
It is hearty, yet it doesn’t leave me feeling heavy and weighed down physically or mentally.
Instead, I feel energized and ready to claim my blessings, hahaha! Seriously, I feel like I could eat this salad every single day!
Scroll down for the detailed recipe, but I suggest you don’t skip the information included in the blurb.
Chickpeas’ Nutritional Value!
Chickpeas are considered a complete protein source because they include all nine necessary amino acids essential for normal body function. Additionally, “Chickpeas are also a fantastic source of non-animal protein,” so they are perfect for vegetarians and vegans.
Chickpeas are also a good source of vitamins and minerals. These include choline as well as iron, magnesium, potassium, and folate. Chickpeas are also dense in vitamins A, E, and C, which is why they have so many health benefits, including:
Promote Weight Loss
Because chickpeas are filling, they may help in weight loss. Chickpeas’ protein and fiber may suppress your appetite, lowering your calorie consumption at meals.
In one study, people who ate chickpeas on a daily basis were 53 percent less likely than those who didn’t consume chickpeas to have a BMI over 30 and a smaller waist circumference.
Improve Heart Health
Chickpeas are cholesterol-free and naturally low in salt. Polyunsaturated fats are also abundant in them. Polyunsaturated fats, in particular, aid in the regulation (and reduction) of cholesterol levels, lowering the risk of heart disease.
Chickpeas are high in fiber, which helps to prevent constipation and maintain good gastrointestinal (gut) health.
Prevent Iron Deficiency
Chickpeas are a good source of iron, with 1 cup providing around 26% of the daily requirement (164 grams).
Iron is necessary for the production of red blood cells, as well as for physical growth, cognitive development, and muscle metabolism, among other facets of health.
If you do not consume enough of this essential vitamin, your body may be unable to form healthy red blood cells. As a result, iron deficiency, a disorder marked by symptoms such as weakness, exhaustion, and shortness of breath, may develop.
As a result, chickpeas are an excellent choice for vegans and vegetarians who are at risk of iron deficiency.
Chickpeas also contain vitamin C, which may aid in the absorption of iron by the body.
May Improve Brain Health
As a result of their outstanding nutrient composition, chickpeas may promote brain health and cognitive function.
This is largely due to the fact that they’re high in choline, a nutrient that aids brain function.
Chickpeas also have a high magnesium content, which is important for nerve function.
Furthermore, research suggests that a number of minerals present in these legumes, such as magnesium, zinc, and selenium, may aid in preventing depression and anxiety.
May Prevent From Certain Chronic Diseases
Chickpeas may help you avoid a variety of chronic diseases.
● Cardiovascular Disease
Chickpeas are an excellent source of many minerals, including potassium and magnesium, which may promote heart health by reducing high blood pressure, a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Chickpeas’ soluble fiber has also been demonstrated to lower triglycerides & LDL (bad) cholesterol, linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
● Manage Blood Sugar
Chickpeas may assist you in a variety of ways in managing your blood sugar levels. Chickpeas contain resistant starches, meaning that they slow down digestion, lowering the chances of a blood sugar spike.
They have a low GI (glycemic index), which is a measure of how quickly your blood sugar increases after having a meal. Intake of a variety of low GI foods has been demonstrated to help with blood sugar regulation.
Additionally, the fiber and protein in chickpeas may help in blood sugar regulation. Fiber reduces carb absorption, resulting in a steady rise rather than a spike in blood sugar levels. Consuming foods high in protein may also contribute to the maintenance of normal blood sugar levels.
According to several studies, eating chickpeas on a regular basis may help lessen your risk of some cancers.
This is because this legume can help your body produce butyrate, a fatty acid that can help reduce colon cell inflammation, lowering your risk of developing colon cancer.
How To Make Roasted Chickpea Salad?
Start by roasting chickpeas and broccoli.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil.
Place chickpeas and broccoli florets in a large bowl.
Toss with oil, turmeric, cumin, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper.
Place seasoned chickpeas and broccoli on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Roast for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the mint dressing.
Place salad dressing ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
Next, assemble the salad.
Divide chickpea and broccoli into 2 bowls. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocados.
Drizzle with ½ of the mint dressing and serve. Refrigerate remaining roasted chickpea and broccoli and dressing. They will keep for about 1 week.
Tips For Making The Best Roasted Chickpea Salad
- Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Tasting and modifying until you get a flavor balance you like is the secret to crafting a wonderful salad. There could be a need for additional salt or lemon juice. Before serving, don’t be scared to taste your chickpea salad.
- Overripe avocados should not be used. They should be ripe but still firm.
- I have used mint leaves for garnish, but you can use any type of lettuce.
- To make a salad, only use fresh vegetables. Instead of garlic powder, we recommend using fresh garlic cloves.
- Fresh lemon juice tastes considerably better than lemon juice from a bottle. You can, however, utilize bottled lemon juice if you are short on time and have no other options.
- I used canned chickpeas, but you can use dried chickpeas if you prepare them ahead of time.
How To Prepare This Salad Ahead Of Time And Store?
- The salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days if the dressing is kept separate until serving. If dressing is added, the salad should be eaten within two days.
- Chickpeas can be prepared up to a week ahead of time. Allow to cool completely before storing them at room temperature.
- The broccoli can be roasted and refrigerated up to three days ahead of time.
- The mint dressing can be prepared ahead of time.
- This recipe isn’t meant to be frozen.
Substitutions And Additions Options
- BBQ Tofu Skewers can be used instead of chickpeas
- Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top for added crunch.
- Other vegetables, such as asparagus or cauliflower, can be roasted in addition to broccoli.
- Toasted pine nuts, pistachios, or sliced almonds can be added to the salad as well. If you are allergic to nuts, you can use pumpkin or sunflower seeds.
- More fresh herbs can be added. Fresh oregano would also be wonderful in this salad with the other ingredients.
Check out this list of my other delicious chickpea recipes:
- General Tso Chickpeas
- Chickpea Taco
- Chickpea Curry With Quinoa
- Vegan Chickpea Burger
- Chickpea Salad Wraps
It is packed with protein, antioxidants, fibers, vitamins, and minerals.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Is Turmeric Good For You?
I deliberately used turmeric on chickpeas because of its healing properties. Turmeric is known to be one of the most healing food on this earth. There are over 6000 peer-reviewed articles written about the benefits of turmeric.
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin that has all these healing benefits:
Why Do You Roast Chickpeas For Salad?
I roasted chickpeas for getting extra crispy bits. You can skip this step if preferred.
Why Are My Roasted Chickpeas Chewy?
For a variety of reasons, your roasted chickpeas may not be crunchy. They may be undercooked or contain an excessive amount of oil. They develop a lovely crispy exterior when cooked at a high temperature with minimum oil.
How Long Do Roasted Chickpeas Last?
Chickpeas roasted can be kept in an airtight jar for up to 4 days at room temperature. Because they lack preservatives, they may become moldy after that.
What Can I Make With Roasted Chickpeas?
You may eat them as a snack, add them to this salad, or make any of the following recipes with them:
- Couscous Salad
- Mediterranean Chickpea Salad.
- Chickpea Shawarma Wraps
- Caesar Salad
- Carrot Ginger Dressed Rainbow Kale Salad
- Panzanella Salad
- Carrots and Chickpeas Tahini Noodles
- Bright Spring Salad
- Toss them in pasta
- Whirl them into hummus
Is It Possible To Substitute Canned Chickpeas With Homemade Chickpeas?
Yes! Use your own cooked chickpeas if you want. To prepare this, you’ll need 1 1/2 cups of cooked chickpeas.
Is It Ok To Eat Chickpeas Every Day?
Chickpeas are well-known for their high fiber and protein content. Daily consumption of a little number of chickpeas in moderation is acceptable. Chickpeas have been shown in studies to significantly lower harmful cholesterol—chickpeas aid digestion due to their high fiber level and vitamin and mineral richness.
Can You Eat Chickpeas Straight From The Can?
Because canned legumes are already cooked, you can eat them right out of the tin – or toss them into your food. They’re delicious hot or cold. Chickpeas are a common ingredient in everyday meals.
Do Chickpeas Cause Gas?
Beans, lentils, and chickpeas are known for giving people gas and bloating because they have a lot of fiber in them. Despite this, you might not need to completely avoid them at all because they provide several other health benefits too.
Do I Need To Wash Canned Chickpeas?
Drain and rinse canned chickpeas to reduce the sodium (salt) level by roughly half. They can be made less gas-producing and easier to digest by rinsing in cold water well prior to consumption.
How Long Will Fresh Mint Last In The Fridge?
In a jar, add the mint stems cut side down, and fill it with water. The jar’s screw-on lid will help maintain the mint’s freshness. Refrigerate for up to 5 days; it will be at its freshest for the first 3 days.
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- Energy: 321 kcal / 1342 kJ
- Fat: 15 g
- Protein: 12 g
- Carbs: 38 g
- Preparation: 15 min
- Cooking: 20 min
- Ready in: 35 min
- For: 6 servings
For The Roasted Chickpeas And Broccoli
- 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, or 1-15 oz can, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 teaspoons olive, or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika, or add to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of Cayenne pepper
For The Mint Dressing
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup lime, or lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup Mint leaves, chopped or 1 tablespoon dried
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For Roasted Chickpeas And Broccoli
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil.
- Place chickpeas and broccoli florets in a large bowl.
- Toss with oil, turmeric, cumin, paprika, salt and cayenne pepper.
- Place seasoned chickpeas and broccoli on baking sheet in a single layer.
- Roast for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, place salad dressing ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
To Assemble Salad
- To assemble, divide chickpea and broccoli into 2 bowls. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocados.
- Drizzle with 1/2 of the mint dressing and serve. Refrigerate remaining dressing will keep for about 1 week.