This simple, naturally gluten-free “Garlic Lovers Broccoli and Chickpea Salad” combines some of our favorite ingredients into a one big salad, bursting with flavor!
It’s made with real, whole food ingredients and only 4 main ones: Tender-crisp broccoli, salty and savory sun-dried tomatoes, tangy feta, lotssss of garlic, chickpeas which absorb all the flavors + lots of Italian herbs….
It’s simple but hearty, packed with nutrients , addictively delicious and highly munchable!
Here’s all you need: 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 tender-crisp with the perfect amount of crunch!
This simple but hearty salad is bursting with flavor and addictively delicious! Perfect salad for meal prep or feeding a crowd. Easy to prepare, the broccoli is perfectly "cooked" but crunchy broccoli and so flavorful! Note: "Cook time" is the broccoli resting for an hour after being tossed with the hot garlic oil. Active time: 20 minutes
Prep Time15 minutesmins
Cook Time1 hourhr5 minutesmins
Total Time1 hourhr20 minutesmins
Course: Veggies, Salad, Sides
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family
1 1/2teaspoonsred wine vinegar
1/2teaspoonkosher saltor to taste
4cupsbroccoli floretspreferably cut into bite size florets
3/4cupextra virgin olive oil
4fat garlic clovesminced
Large pinch crushed red pepper flakesor more to taste
1/2cupsun dried tomatoes packed in oilchopped into bite size pieces
1 15ozcan chickpeasdrained and well rinsed
1/2 - 1teaspoonoreganoadd more to taste
1/2teaspoonpepper or more to taste
1teaspoonFresh thyme or more to taste
salt to taste
In a large bowl, stir together the vinegar and the salt
Add broccoli and toss to combine
In a large small saucepan, heat olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, lowering heat as needed. Should take about 1 minute -- remove from heat when garlic starts to brown
Stir pepper flakes
Pour 1/2 to 3/4 of the hot oil over broccoli and toss well, reserving the remaining oil for later.
Cover the bowl with the broccoli and let sit for 1 hour at room temperature.
After broccoli has sat an hour, add the chickpeas, sun dried tomatoes, oregano, pepper, remaining garlic oil, and thyme. Toss well to combine.
Add feta and fresh basil, Toss to combine. Taste and add more of any herb or ingredient to taste. Serve and enjoy!
Stores well in the refrigerator in a sealed container for several days.
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...