Chopped Broccoli and Chickpea Salad

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This chopped broccoli and chickpea salad is one of my favorite durable salads to meal prep. It’s light and fresh thanks to crisp, crunchy veggies, packed with plant-based protein to satisfy your hunger, and tossed in the best lemon tahini dressing.

Chopped broccoli and chickpea salad in a large bowl
Photo: Gayle McLeod

You’ll always find leafy green salads in my weekly rotation, but salads minus leafy greens are also amazing – because they’re extra durable! That’s important on weeks when I’m meal prepping (and pro tip – you’ll find a whole chapter of durable salads in my Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook). So that’s exactly what this chopped broccoli and chickpea salad is all about.

It’s simple, with just a handful of ingredients, but will consistently surprise and delight you with how delicious it is. Think of it as a blend between my broccoli salad and Mediterranean chickpea salad — but with a fresh twist. And since it’s durable enough to last for several days in the fridge, I’d consider this the perfect grab n’ go lunch or whenever you craving an extra dose of veggies!

Ingredients for chopped broccoli and chickpea salad on a table

Chopped Broccoli and Chickpea Salad Recipe Ingredients

The key here is to chop all the veggies into similarly sized small pieces. This will make it easier to pick up all the yummy ingredients in one large spoonful! Here is what you’ll need.

  • Protein: The chickpeas in this salad provide such a great source of vegetarian protein.
  • Veggies: This is all about the deliciously crunchy combination of chopped broccoli, yellow bell pepper, celery, and red onion. But feel free to swap any of these veggies with another you may like better if they have a similar texture.
  • Nuts: I love to use slivered almonds for added crunch. But any chopped nuts will work here!
  • Cheese: Fresh goat cheese adds a level of creaminess to this salad. If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, you can use crumbled feta instead.
  • Lemon Tahini Dressing: This nutty yet sweet dressing only needs tahini, water, maple syrup, lemon juice, salt, and pepper! If you want it a bit thicker, use less water.

Helpful tip: Make this salad dairy-free by omitting the goat cheese or using dairy-free cheese!

How to Make Broccoli and Chickpea Salad

Add salad ingredients to a large bowl. This includes the broccoli, chickpeas, bell pepper, celery, red onion, slivered almonds, and goat cheese.

Ingredients for chopped broccoli and chickpea salad in a bowl

Make the dressing. Stir together the tahini, water, maple syrup, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

Mixing lemon tahini dressing in a bowl

Stir everything together! Pour the lemon tahini dressing on the salad and stir together, until well combined.

A big bowl of chopped broccoli and chickpea salad

Storage Tips

This broccoli and chickpea salad will keep for 4 to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container. And if you’re making this for a dinner party or summer barbecue, you can prep it the day before (with or without the dressing).

A plate of chopped broccoli and chickpea salad

More Durable Salad Recipes

Durable salads should have a special place in your meal prep rotation, so here are a few recipes that I love to keep on hand. And if you just want more salad ideas in general, I’ve got a full list of easy and healthy salad recipes.

I hope you love this chopped broccoli and chickpea salad as much as I do. If you make it, let me know how it turned out in the comment box below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

A bowl of broccoli and chickpea salad

Chopped Broccoli and Chickpea Salad

5 from 16 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan

Description

This chopped broccoli and chickpea salad has crisp, crunchy veggies, and it's packed with plant-based protein to satisfy your hunger!

Ingredients  

Broccoli Salad

  • 1 medium head broccoli, chopped into small pieces (about 4 cups chopped)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 3 ounces crumbled goat cheese

Lemon Tahini Dressing

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons juice)
  • kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions 

  • Add the broccoli, chickpeas, bell pepper, celery, red onion, slivered almonds, and goat cheese to a large mixing bowl.
    A glass bowl of chopped broccoli and chickpea salad ingredients
  • In a separate small mixing bowl, stir together the tahini, water, maple syrup, lemon juice, salt, and pepper
    Mixing a lemon tahini dressing in a bowl
  • Pour the lemon tahini dressing on the salad and stir together, until well combined.
    Chopped broccoli and chickpea salad next to forks

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 596mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 138mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chopped Broccoli and Chickpea Salad, chopped broccoli salad, chopped chickpea salad
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Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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39 Comments

  1. I was so hungry and needed something quick that included broccoli today after work. This recipe hit the spot! So delicious! That sauce just pulled it all together….yum yum! Thank you!

  2. Wow! another amazing and simple salad recipe. Im sure the whole family will love this. Yummy and nutritious. Thank you! We sure enjoy it.5 stars

  3. This salad is fantastic! I had everything chopped up, whisked up the dressing and tasted it before I poured it in and I was not convinced I was going to like it. I thought it was too mild, but I was wrong. It pairs so perfectly with the salad! Which is why you make the recipes and I don’t, lol. I did not add almonds or goat cheese because I didn’t have them. I added about 3/4tsp salt to the dressing and used a red bell pepper instead of yellow. I will definitely make this again!5 stars

  4. This salad is absolutely delicious. I love all the healthy ingredients and they go together so well. The only change I made was ricotta instead of goat cheese because I had it in the house. It’s so good I’m including it with dinner again tonight!5 stars

  5. Delicious, but I’m having trouble portioning this. Approximately how many cups is in one portion?5 stars

  6. Amazing salad! Super crunchy and amazing flavour! I will plan to have this on my salad rotation! Great to pack for lunches as well! The flavour just gets better as it sits. Also added garlic after reading the other reviews and love the idea to add cranberries, especially going into the fall. Definite make again for our family!5 stars

  7. I made this and as always the sauces are tops! I even added black olives and it was a delicious, and nutritive addition.5 stars

  8. Wowza on taste and texture!!! I made this for a lunch with friends and it was SUCH a big hit! What a wonderful recipe! Thank you so much! 5 stars

  9. Made this for 4th of July and people really liked it! I swapped the goat cheese with feta cheese, left the celery out completely and replaced the almond slivers with sliced almonds. 
    I do think though the salad was at its best 1-2h after mixing it with the dressing, later it’s lost a lot of flavor so I recommend eating it fast. 5 stars

  10. Made this tonight and omg soooo yum! Only addition I made was garlic to the dressing as I’m a huge garlic lover 😚!5 stars

  11. Yum!! A great, fresh summer salad to have on hand! I left out the chickpeas and goat cheese and substituted sweet peppers for the bell pepper.

    My stomach doesn’t love beans, and i didn’t have any goat cheese on hand. But, I’m sure the goat cheese would’ve made the salad even more delicious.5 stars

  12. This salad is so delicious.   I recently found you while looking for a gluten free tortilla recipe.  Since then I’ve made about 4 different recipes and all have been 5+.   5 stars

  13. wondering if you could swap out broc for spinach? I love both but have spinach on hand and thinking of trying it this way

  14. I really enjoyed this salad – as did my husband!! Refreshing and delicious. Easy to prepare, and gone in under 3 days!5 stars

  15. This was so good! One thing I tweaked was to blanch the broccoli just a smidgen sorta to tone it down so that the other crunchy veggies could be detected well. Loved the dressing too (and I actually went to the trouble of making some tahini from scratch using your recipe, Lisa). Two thumbs up! Will be making it again. 😊5 stars

  16. Made this today and it was fabulous! I used your tahini recipe (which is a staple in my fridge, along with a few other things!). A tasty, filling salad (we love garbanzo beans/chick peas). I omitted the celery since my husband isn’t a real fan, but that was my only alteration from your recipe. I’ll make this again!5 stars

  17. This is so good! I added dried cranberries too – so quick and easy , I finally gave in and bought Tahini a while ago and it makes such a difference in recipes vs my previous peanut butter :)5 stars