Italian Garbanzo Bean Salad

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Veggie loaded, Italian-dressed, Garbanzo bean salad. Nutritious, flavorful, and simple to make!

The BEST EVER Italian Chickpea Salad packed with veggies and the best Italian dressing ever!! Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

My toddler is in the “why” stage where absolutely everything I say is followed by the question, “why?”

My husband got me a gift for our anniversary and after trying to explain to him several times why he’d given it to me I finally said, “Because he loves me.” To which he (clearly confused) responded, “why?” So I responded, “because I’m awesome!” To which he finally dropped the “why” and asked me, “how?”

He always knows how to boost my self-confidence, that’s for sure.
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When I was making this salad he asked me why I was making it. “For us to eat” I responded. To which he asked “why?”

After answering about 100137409712 10 more questions, he also asked me why I added each ingredient to the salad and I (maybe not so patiently) answered him about each ingredient.

He also asked me why I was so slow at making him this salad to eat. #pleasesendhelp

This salad does require a bit of veggie chopping, but the effort is WELL worth the final dish! The preparation takes some time, but luckily the base of this salad (BUSH’S Beans) couldn’t be easier to prepare — just open the cans and then drain & rinse the beans.
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I’m really excited to be bringing you this Garbanzo Bean Salad and two additional recipes this year using BUSH’S Beans. I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with them quite a bit this year and I’m so excited to keep sharing recipes using their beans. They’ve really got beans for every dish and every taste — in regular bean varieties they’ve got vegetarian, organic, and reduced-sodium. As far as baked beans go, they use their Secret Family Recipe to create one-of-a-kind, delicious, slow-cooked beans (making them America’s favorite) that have bolder flavors and varieties.

Today I’m focusing on BUSH’S Garbanzo Beans for this salad which are definitely the “star” of this recipe.

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This salad is vegetarian, but trust me, you will not miss the meat! The beans have tons of protein making this salad super substantial. Pair those beans with tons of vegetables and healthy fats from the avocado and you’ll be amazed just how filling this salad is. Enjoy!

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Italian Garbanzo Bean Salad

5 from 12 votes
Veggie loaded, Italian-dressed, Garbanzo bean salad. Nutritious, flavorful, and simple to make!
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Italian Garbanzo Bean Salad

5 from 12 votes
Veggie loaded, Italian-dressed, Garbanzo bean salad. Nutritious, flavorful, and simple to make!
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword garbanzo bean salad
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 -8 as a side
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon EACH dried basil, dried oregano, salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar

Salad

  • 2 cans (16 ounces EACH) BUSH'S Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) BUSH'S Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) corn, drained (or 2 ears of fresh corn)
  • 1 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large ripe avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 of 1 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 of 1 full bunch flat leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • Optional: salt and freshly cracked pepper

Instructions

  • Start by preparing the dressing. Pour all of the ingredients into a mason jar, place the lid on the jar, and then shake vigorously until ingredients are incorporated. Place in the fridge while you prepare the salad.
  • Drain and rinse the garbanzo and black beans; shake in colander to rid of any excess water. Place in a large bowl. Add the drained corn or cut the corn off the cob and add to salad.
  • Chop the English cucumber (peel first if desired), dice the red pepper, chop the avocado, dice the red onion, finely chop the parsley. Add all of these ingredients to the salad.
  • Remove the dressing from the fridge and give it a good shake. Pour over the salad* and toss to coat. If desired, season with salt and pepper. Toss.
  • You likely won't use all of the dressing (unless you love a ton of dressing) so store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy dressed salad immediately.

Recipe Notes

*Only pour dressing on the salad amount that will be consumed immediately. If you want to have leftovers, do not add dressing (or avocado) to that part of the salad as it doesn't store well.

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35 Comments

  1. I love garbanzo beans and most of bush’s beans. When I was hungry last night I threw together something that was a lot like this recipe, but not as fancy since it was just me eating it and I didn’t need any pictures. Sometimes that is so fun to just make something to eat without the stress of blogging about it. I love your toddler’s questions. He sounds so cute. I remember those days with my children; now it is my grandchildren. Patience is definitely a virtue! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this, turned out great! Really nice flavor and great tip about not using the dressing until ready to to be consumed. I used fresh basil from my garden instead of dried basil.

  3. Love this salad!! It’s so fresh and it definitely delivers on taste. I was curious about the nutrition info as I couldn’t seem to find it. Please let me know!

    1. 5 stars
      I use my fitness pal and plugging in all the ingredients has it come to 204 calories per serving. I also used good seasoning Italian dressing instead of making my own. Same ingredients

  4. 5 stars
    I use my fitness pal and plugged in all ingredients itโ€™s about 204 calories per side serving. Also I used the Italian seasoning dressing packets- itโ€™s basically all the ingredients in the dressing that was given.

  5. 5 stars
    Just made this. Omitted the parmesan from dressing for a vegan meal. So,so delicious!! Will definitely make again.

  6. 5 stars
    HOLY. MESS. I found this recipe on google and frankly, didn’t expect much. It looked pretty and, ?, healthy for my diet. I made it last night, kept the dressing on the side, and just put a bowl together for a snack before dinner. I was thinking I would only make it halfway through before it got ugh and boring. THIS IS DELICIOUS. Like, also gonna have it with my dinner delicious. Packing some for lunch tomorrow delicious. Not sad a about my diet delicious. So. Freaking. Good.
    #happyhappyhappy

  7. This is a wonderful appatizer and is super healthy and the taste is so delish and flavorful I can’t even put it in words and is the perfect salad for my child he loves gerbonzo Beans. Five stars

  8. Sounds like the perfect salad to me! I picked yours over everyone elseโ€™s because it contains all the amino acids and I have a difficult time getting food in these days Because I am sodium restricted, I cook my own beans up and will withhold most of the sodium. I am not worried about calories, but sodium and nutrition are important to me. I tend to look for that at the bottom of recipes.
    Thank you so much for your recipe! I am excited!

  9. Took forever to find the recipe hidden among all the ads and video ads slowing down my computer and distracting my reading. You can’t even type a review without video change overs of different advertisements interrupting your typing!

    Chelsea’s apron isn’t the only thing that’s messy!

  10. 5 stars
    Perfectly balanced flairs, colors and textures in this salad. The dressing is great on other veggies and salads as well! I find myself making this salad about every other week as a go to staple recipe.

  11. 5 stars
    Iโ€™m late to the party!๐Ÿฅณ I made this today for lunch and it is so delicious. I canโ€™t think you enough for the recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    Salad looked great and then I took all the ingredients to my son house and made it and ol’ man was it Greatttt! Thank you so very much.

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