Quick Lunch: Chicka Chicka Chickpea Salad ♥

Classic Orangette"Where shall we go for lunch?" is the question-of-the-day in many offices. But since I've worked from home for more than ten years now, I know that just around the corner is today's (and yesterday's and tomorrow's) lunch spot, aka, the frig.

But some days there's just no appeal to last night's soup or the weekend's leftover roast chicken or even the ultra low-brow Satisfying Lunch in One Point. I want something fresh and bright and filling and and not-leftover.

Thanks to Orangette, this is my new go-to lunch though with considerably more points. (Chickpeas always surprise me with calorie count. I'm not saying they shouldn't be eaten. They just taste more virtuous than the numbers add up.) Whether I return to my office to browse food blogs or step outside to enjoy a bit of early-spring warmth on the patio, this salad has become a mainstay.

SIDE NOTE I'm also becoming addicted to Great Harvest's tomato herb rolls -- and applaud Great Harvest for finally making smaller-size rolls. This little guy is whole-grain chew and flavor -- all for one point. And as Great Harvest goes, the rolls are relatively inexpensive, $4 for a pack of six.


See Orangette's Inspiration
Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
Serves 2

1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Zest and juice of half a lemon
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan

Mix. Enjoy. That's all there is to it! I use the "ribbon Microplane" for both the zest and Parmesan so they don't melt. Some times I'll add a chopper pepper or cucumber. At night, I've turned in some leftover roast chicken.

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  1. This sounds just fabulous. Just the kind of thing I like to eat when I'm home in the summer.

  2. It looks delicious. I'm a huge chickpea fan too. Can I ask...what is great harvest? Do they have their own stores or do they sell in other stores?

  3. I've been meaning to make this fabulous-sounding salad for a while now - Orangette (and now you) make it sound so good!

  4. hehehe i love the title :-) that is assuming it's a Nell reference. the dish looks quite delish too!

  5. Kalyn ~ Fabulous, indeed!

    Nupur ~ Great Harvest is a franchise bakery. I've listed a bakery locator in this list of favorite St Louis food sources but the one closest to you, I believe, is in Clayton next to Kitchen Conservatory.

    Pille ~ I think you'll like it!

    Amanda ~ Ten points for unintended literary references. Great catch!!

  6. Simple and so yummy - what's not to love? Yay for chickpeas.



  7. Hello! I'll definitely try this! Chickpeas are one of my favorite foods, and this recipe is quick & simple! Thanks!


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