Pantry Cooking | Chickpea Salad

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You know those times when you search through your fridge only to come up empty? Yeah, me too! In an attempt to avoid these moments it's important to have a few pantry cooking recipes up your sleeve. For a new cooking series, I'll be sharing some of my favorite & most delicious pantry recipes. Today's panty cooking recipe is my insanely satisfying & crowd pleasing chickpea salad. It's the perfect pantry meal to provide healthy carbs and protein in a pinch. 

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The best thing about this meal, and most pantry meals, is that it allows for customization and creativity in the kitchen. If you don't usually keep canned chickpeas on hand, I highly recommend adding them to your grocery list. The uses you'll find for them will amaze you. For today I created an easy & delicious mediterranean style chickpea salad, but you can easily adjust the ingredients to whatever you have stored away. A few of my other favorite flavor combinations to use are jalapeño & cilantro, mozzarella & roasted red peppers, and beets with goat cheese & orange juice. That last one may sound a bit strange, but it is actually delicious. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 chopped small onion 
  • 1/4 cup mixed pitted olives
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 3-4 chopped marinated olives
  • Juice of half a lemon 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • Parsley to taste

Method: 

  • Rinse and dry canned chickpeas
  • Toss chickpeas with remaining ingredients 
  • Adjust olive oil & lemon to add more liquid if desired
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour prior to serving for best flavor

How do all of you feel about the idea of pantry cooking? Is this something you do in your everyday life? I'd love to hear a few of your go to favorites when it comes to stocking up your pantry. 

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