Chickpea Lemon Mint Rice Salad

Chickpea Lemon Mint Rice Salad

Summer & Salads go together.  When it gets super  HOT  outside,  eating salads and keeping hydrated is all I want to do.  Sometimes I crave more than just veggies, fruit and meat in my salad. I want carbs  !! Then I go in for rice, quinoa and cous cous salads and satisfy my carb craving !  I like this salad because it’s simple to make, satisfying and bursting with flavor and fiber which keep me full for a long time.  Another bonus, it can be made ahead of time , bottled like pickles and mixed into rice when you need. Perfect Sunday prep for a busy weekday salad and it’s super simple to make. Chickpeas tossed in olive oil, red onion, lemon and mint flavored with sea salt cumin and curicumin aka turmeric. Curicumin is a powerful antioxidant that is fast becoming a super food and adding it to this salad adds super powers to it ! The salad  mix is lightly sautéed on low flame to lengthen shelf life and improve flavor, but you can choose to just mix the ingredients raw without sauteing if you wish.  Mix this refreshing salad mix to quinoa, couscous, semolina, or any cooked grain of your choice. It’s also perfect for that leftover rice that you don’t want to waste.  Eat it warm or cold !  I  prefer it at room temperature or slightly warmed up. Either way it’s spicy, tangy and refreshingly satisfying !! It’s the perfect picnic salad. the lemon acts as preservative and keeps it fresh outdoors without refrigeration. If you like chickpeas you may want to try my curried chickpea dish !


Diabetic Note : Chickpeas are considered a super food for diabetics. Bursting with fiber and antioxidants they have a low Glycemic Index ( GI ).  Rice is high GI, but when you add lemon to the rice salad it lowers the GI of the dish making this a medium GI dish and diabetic friendly !


 Sauteing the chickpeas salad mix !



 Salad mix without the rice. 


  Mixed in with rice ! Mmmm delish ! 





Chickpea Mint Lemon Rice Salad

Dietary Diabetic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Salad, Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot


  • 2 cups chick peas (( canned washed & rinsed))
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (( juice of 2 lemons) )
  • 1 teaspoon curicumin
  • 1 red onion (sliced thin)
  • 1/2 cup mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


Heat olive oil. Add finely sliced red onion and saute 1 minute
Add curicumin, cumin salt and saute for 2 minutes
Add chickpeas and saute for 1 minute
Turn fire off and mix lemon juice and chopped mint ( this will make 1 jelly bottle of chickpea salad mix )
Add to cooked rice as desired. 2 tbsp of salad mix per 1/2 cup rice


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5 thoughts on “Chickpea Lemon Mint Rice Salad”

  • Need this ! Love the combo & sometimes crave salads with rice. Looks super healthy & loaded with curicumin too ! Thanks ! Bookmarked ! Love the carousel gallery !

  • oooh Looks so yumm & pretty ! My kind of salad . Where do you get curicumin. Apart from online that is. have heard of it ! Want to make some soon !

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