If you’ve followed me a while, you know that my husband and I both love big salads for lunch… so I like to keep the fridge stocked with roasted veggies, quinoa, salad dressings and sauces and already made salads we can put together in minutes into a hearty lunch.
This simple Garlic Lovers Broccoli and Chickpea Salad combines some of our favorite ingredients into a salad bursting with flavor!
It’s made with real, whole food ingredients and just 4 main ones: Broccoli, Chickpeas, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Feta + olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano, fresh thyme and fresh basil.
The flavors by themselves are amazing but the key is in preparing the broccoli. The broccoli is “steamed” in hot garlic oil until it’s “al dente” — so it’s not raw but still has the perfect amount of crunch!
We got this idea from the Garlicky Sesame-Cured Broccoli Salad we’ve been making for years. It is so simple and works brilliantly!
You simply heat up olive oil, simmer for lots of garlic for a minute or two, stir in some crushed red pepper and pour over the raw broccoli, reserving some to add later. You then let the broccoli sit for about an hour and the hot oil steams the broccoli to the perfect amount crunch! And the broccoli is bursting with flavor!
Then simply stir in the chickpeas, sundried tomatoes, oregano, thyme and feta along with the remaining oil.
Super simple, hearty and packed with nutrients, the salad is savory, tangy, crunchy and so yummy!
Can be prepped ahead and stays for days so perfect for meal prep. Would also be great as a salad for brunch, picnic, bbq or party of any kind because in addition to being a total crowd pleaser, it is hearty and won’t wilt.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment if you try.