Chickpea Waldorf Salad Recipe: A Quick & Easy Lunch
This Easy Chickpea Waldorf Salad Recipe is made with dried cranberries, chopped apples, walnuts, and Greek yogurt. It’s a quick and healthful lunch that’s full of plant-based protein and fiber.
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There are many things I love about a Waldorf salad recipe. The satisfying crunch from the celery and apples. The surprising bite of sweetness from the cranberries and grapes. The creaminess that holds it all together. It has a lot going for it in terms of flavors and textures, which is why it’s one of my favorites. While I don’t follow any particular diet, I am always thinking of new ways I can incorporate more plant-heavy foods like beans, other legumes, and of course veggies into recipes I already know and love. Waldorf salads being one of them, which I may like even more when it’s made with chickpeas.
I think chickpeas have a lot more going for them than just hummus. They’re fit for a soup, like this Curried Chicken and Chickpea Stew that is more than welcome on the snow-filled days of winter, and are a perfect match for Mediterranean flavors such as this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. With the chickpea sandwich craze on the rise, I couldn’t help but play my part in making them a lunchtime staple for the masses.
Usually, I’ll make this Waldorf salad recipe on the weekend, so I have a quick and easy lunch waiting and ready to go during the week. It makes having something satisfying, healthful, and delicious much easier on busy weekdays. Serving it in different ways makes it all the more versatile and satisfying, and here are a few of my favorites.
How to serve up this Chickpea Waldorf Salad Recipe:
- On whole grain bread. Top with a handful of greens for an extra veggie-full sandwich.
- Over a bed of greens. Makes a quick salad topping that’s full of flavor and texture.
- With whole grain crackers. An easy on-the-go lunch idea.
This Easy Chickpea Waldorf Salad recipe is made with dried cranberries, chopped applies, walnuts, and Greek yogurt, this quick and healthful lunch is full of plant-based protein and fiber.
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped Fuji apple (about 1/2 small apple)
- 1/2 cup halved grapes
- 1/2 cup chopped celery (about 1 large stalk)
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl.
- Stir until combined.
- Serve on whole grain bread or over a bed of greens.
- Category: Salad
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 179
- Sodium: 200mg
- Fat: 6g
- Saturated Fat: <1g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 28g
- Fiber: 5g
- Protein: 6g
- Cholesterol: 2.4mg
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What’s your favorite quick & easy lunch?
Have you ever had a Waldorf salad?
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND, is a Nutrition, Culinary & Diabetes Expert, Wellcoach®-certified health and wellness coach, Freelance Writer, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. She's also the author of four books, including a best-seller. She's a nationally-recognized media expert in high demand for print and online interviews, as well as corporate and one-on-one nutritional counseling. Jill's philosophy is that nutrition science should be understandable, realistic and oh so delicious.
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