Chickpea, Mango and Cucumber Salad

by jenna on June 12, 2010

I’m still on a mission. A mission to create seven chickpea and lentil recipes by Tuesday. And my fourth is the best yet.

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This is the perfect light summer salad. Not going to lie—I pretty much threw things together last minute without a plan but I’m shocked at how delicious it turned out!
Chickpea, Mango and Cucumber Salad
Serves 1

1 mango, peeled and diced small
1/2 of a cucumber, peeled and diced
1/2 cup chickpeas
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
pinch of sea salt
pinch of black pepper
pinch of cayenne
Combine the mango, cucumber and chickpeas in a bowl. Set aside.
In another small bowl or jar, combine the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and cayenne. Stir well. Pour over chickpeas.
Top with the walnuts.

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Miss my previous three recipes? Here they are:

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It’s time for wine.
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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

Thats what I love most about chickpeas. Oftentimes, you really can just kind of throw random things together, only to have it come out tasting simply marvelous.

I’ll be trying this combo for sure…yum! :D

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Amanda@Thegrainsofparadise June 12, 2010 at 11:35 am

Wow! What a clever and delicious combo!

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Marina June 12, 2010 at 11:54 am

I really like this combo!
I should try some of yours chickpea recipe, they are great for this weather!

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Kate June 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm

The photo of the salad looks great… but don’t think your tummy will appreciate the fruit/veggie combo together.

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Ellie June 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Yum looks amazing! I’m totally going to have to try that

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Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies June 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm

That salad looks so delicious.

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Kaz June 12, 2010 at 1:41 pm

That looks so good! I bought a mango and some chickpeas at the grocery store the other day on a whim, but already ate the mango. Now I’m kicking myself!

I think I may try your recipe with maybe some grapes or a tangerine that’s been lurking in my refrigerator. I’m thinking any juicy, tart fruit would work in this case? Hmm…thanks for the inspiration!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Yum….anything with mango is SO good in the summer months!

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Luisa June 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

That looks great! I have the same tablecloth and dishes. I thought I was looking at my own table for a minute.

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 12, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I love sweet and savory salads – delicious!

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Lily-Margaret June 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Hey Jenna, those recipes are looking yummy. I have a great chickpea tagine recipe that you might like to try!

Check it out here: http://lilymargaret.blogspot.com/2009/09/curried-chickpea-carrot-and-potato.html

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Bethany @ More Fruit Please June 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Just by looks alone this is my favorite so far!

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Erin June 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Yum! Chickpeas and lentils are too of the most versatile foods. So good.

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Lisa @ bakebikeblog June 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

What a great summer salad! PS – LOve that you are having a wonderful few birthday days :)

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Marilou @ Mostly Healthy June 12, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Mango & Cucumber = Love at first sight :)

Probably the 2 “freshest” food combined together .. Hm!

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Nora@LiveLifeEatRight June 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm

You had me with the title of this post! This looks so refreshing, especially in the summer months! I love your thoughts and this combo! Hope your birthday was amazing!!! Best, Nora

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Heather (Heather's Dish) June 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

i never would have paired all of those ingredients, but it sounds amazing!!! ‘specially the mango :)

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eatmovelove June 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm

This is why I would suck at being a chef unfortunately…because these things seem simple – but “real” cooks throw together all the seasonings and spices or dressings to make the simple, easy things more appealing…

Me? I would have dumped 1/2 a jar of rich spaghetti sauce on the combo and called ita day…:0

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runnerforever June 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm

What a great summer recipe!

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Clearly Composed June 12, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Happy Birthday to you from the next county north. Smiles from Mendocino!! :)

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing June 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I haven’t tried a sweet variaton on chickpeas but I love the idea!! Looks gorgeous too :).

Glad your big bday weekend is going so well :).

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Lauri June 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Chickpeas + Mango = Sounds YUMMY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY from the East coast!!!

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Emily June 13, 2010 at 5:10 am

Delish! Made it last night and added a handful of dried cranberries on top to add some texture. Easy, healthy, and yummy!

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jassy June 13, 2010 at 5:45 am

hi…congrats on your new recipe!

anything with mangoes is always delicious…i love mangoes butmy stomach doesn’t that’s why i can only eat this in small doses:)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 13, 2010 at 7:06 am

This sounds so light and refreshing! I love mangoes in salads.

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) June 13, 2010 at 7:40 am

This looks fabulous, and so easy too! Love it!

xo
Kris

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Charlotte June 13, 2010 at 7:52 am

Pairing chickpeas with mango sounds super delicious! Keep on truckin’ for sure… I sincerely appreciate the honesty and integrity within your blog entries, not to mention the sheer excellence of your food coverage :).

Smiles from Canada,
Charlotte

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Alex June 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm

This looks great! I’ve been craving Chana Masala but dread making anything hot. I will definitely be adding this to the recipe list for the week.

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Amanda June 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

I am usually weary of trying dishes like this but I took the plunge and I was pleasantly surprised. This dish was excellent :D

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