Tested till perfect Chickpea Salad with Basil Pesto

Chickpea Salad with Basil Pesto

Take advantage of the abundance of late-summer basil to prepare a batch of pesto (see below). Use it in a dressing, toss it with hot pasta, spread it on a pizza crust or mix it with mayonnaise for a sandwich spread.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: August 2003

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  • Portion size 4


  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupbasil pesto
  • 1 tbsp 1tbsplemon juice
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) 1can (19 oz/540 mL)chickpeachickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 1/2sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 1/2sweet green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup 1cupsliced celery
  • 1 cup 1cupdiced cucumber
  • 1 cup 1cupcherry tomatocherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupdiced red onion
  • 4 oz 4ozchunk salami or Black Forest ham, diced
  • 4 4leaves red leaf lettuce
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In large bowl, whisk Basil Pesto with lemon juice. Add chickpeas, red and green peppers, celery, cucumber, tomatoes, onion and salami; toss to coat. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.) Spoon onto lettuce-lined plates.

Additional information : Basil Pesto:
2 cups (500 mL) packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup (50 mL) pine nuts or walnuts
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
1/3 cup (75 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced

In food processor, finely chop together basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, salt and pepper. With motor running, add oil in thin steady stream. Stir in garlic. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.)

Makes 1 cup (250 mL). per 1 tbsp (15 mL): about 70 cal, 2 g pro, 7 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 1 g carb, 1 g fibre, 2 mg chol, 94 mg sodium. % RDI: 5% calcium, 4% iron, 3% vit A, 2% vit C, 2% folate.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 323 pro 13g total fat 16g sat. fat 4g
carb 33g fibre 7g chol 22mg sodium 736mg

% RDI:

calcium 12 iron 23 vit A 17 vit C 97
folate 44
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