Chickpea and Pea Shoot Salad with Basil Lime Vinaigrette. This fresh and healthy salad is bursting with flavor and crunch. You will love the light Basil and Lime dressing! Make this salad as a side dish or as a light lunch.
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Every Saturday morning there is a Farmer’s Market here in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. And every Saturday morning I sleep right through it.
It’s just so hard to make it there at 9 am. Saturday is my day to sleep in while Aldo takes care of our son in the morning. So while my intentions are good, sleep is even better.
But once in a while, when I plan ahead and have a pep-talk with myself the night before, I actually wake up and make it there. And whenever that happens, I am so glad. It is so worth it.
One of my favorite vendors at the farmer’s market is the guy selling microgreens. He usually has radish, broccoli, clover, amaranth sprouts. But last weekend he also had something new – pea shoots. He gave me a sample to try and I loved their fresh, bright, flavor.
What do pea shoots taste like?
Pea shoots have a lovely crunch to them, and taste very subtly like peas. I bought a bunch – I knew they would be GREAT in a salad and in many other pea shoots recipes.
Pea shoots can be eaten raw or lightly sauteed. I chose to go with raw for this salad – I wanted to keep all their nutrients and keep the salad as fresh as possible. To use the pea shoots in a salad, just trim off the tougher end parts (the ‘bottom’ if you think of them growing from the ground) and then chop the rest up into 1-2 inch pieces.
If this is your first pea shoots recipe, you’re in for a treat.
This Chickpea and Pea Shoot Salad is absolutely perfect for summer. It is light, bright, healthy, tasty, and doesn’t require any cooking.
The salad has a wonderful Basil Lime Vinaigrette dressing that tastes so fresh and goes perfectly with the hearty chickpea and light veggies in the salad.
The salad itself is crunchy which is such a nice change from the boring lettuce or spinach salads that people tend to default to. And it doesn’t take any more work than a regular salad! Just chop up some carrots, cucumbers, red onion, and pea shoots, throw them in a bowl with chickpeas and add the dressing.
This Chickpea and Pea Shoot Salad is wonderful if it’s eaten immediately, but also really good the next day, when the Basil Lime dressing has had a chance to impart its flavor onto the rest of the ingredients. So it’s a good thing this recipe makes a large salad – it is great as leftovers.
If you ever see pea shoots at the store or at a farmer’s market, I really urge you to buy them and give this salad a try. You will not be disappointed.
But if you just can’t find pea shoots, then this salad is actually really darn good even without them. The crunchy Cucumber-Carrot-Onion-Chickpea combo with Basil Lime Dressing is super tasty. So give this salad a shot either way.
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Chickpea and Pea Shoot Salad
Basil Lime Dressing
Chickpea and Pea Shoot Salad
- 1 15-oz can chickpeas , drained and rinsed
- 1 large cucumber (about 8 inches, or 1/2 lb) , seeds removed and diced
- 2 medium carrots , peeled and diced
- 1/2 small red onion , diced
- 2 cups pea shoots , stems chopped off and discarded
- Prepare the dressing: in a small bowl, combine the chopped basil leaves and minced garlic. Add the lime juice and apple cider vinegar. Add the olive oil, salt, sugar, and pepper. Allow to sit while preparing the salad.
- In a large bowl combine the chickpeas, diced cucumber, diced carrots, and diced red onion. Add the dressing and stir well. Add the pea shoots and stir again. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator up to 24 hours before serving. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
- This recipe will make 4 larger servings or 6 smaller side salad servings.
- You don't need to measure the exact amount of pea shoots - just grab a large handful.
- You should have roughly the same amount of chickpeas, chopped cucumber, and chopped carrot.
Have you ever had pea shoots before?? If so, please leave a comment below and tell me how you cooked them!