Garlic Lovers Broccoli and Chickpea Salad

This simple but hearty salad is bursting with flavor and addictively delicious! Perfect side salad for meal prep or feeding a crowd.

Garlic Lovers Broccoli and Chickpea Salad

Just 4 main ingredients + loves of garlic and herbs, highly munchable and crowd pleasing!

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.

Recipe

 
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Garlic Lovers Broccoli & Chickpea Salad
 
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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
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Recipe type: Salad, Sides, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1½ teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, preferably cut into bite size florets
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 fat garlic cloves, minced
  • Large pinch crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • ½ cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 15oz can chickpeas, drained and well rinsed
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon oregano (add more to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh thyme or more to taste
  • ½ -1 cup feta, crumbled
  • ½ cup fresh basil, torn
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the vinegar and the salt
  2. Add broccoli and toss to combine
  3. 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
  4. Stir pepper flakes
  5. Pour ½ to ¾ of the hot oil over broccoli and toss well, reserving the remaining oil for later.
  6. Cover the bowl with the broccoli and let sit for 1 hour at room temperature.
  7. After broccoli has sat an hour, add the chickpeas, sun dried tomatoes, oregano, pepper, remaining garlic oil, and thyme. Toss well to combine.
  8. Add feta and fresh basil, Toss to combine. Taste and add more of any herb or ingredient to taste. Serve and enjoy!
  9. Stores well in the refrigerator in a sealed container for several days.

3 thoughts on “Garlic Lovers Broccoli and Chickpea Salad

  1. LOVED this! Super quick & easy to make! I used herbs de Provence as a substitute for all the fresh herbs because I was short on time and added harissa, it turned out delicious. Thanks for sharing 😀

  2. This was a delicious way to get veggies and fiber in! Omitted the garlic due to food intolerances and it was still great!

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