Behind The Butter

Chickpea, Mango and Cucumber Salad

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

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.

Miss my previous three recipes? Here they are:

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! 😀

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

    Wow! What a clever and delicious combo!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Ellie
    June 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm

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

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

    That salad looks so delicious.

  • 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!

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

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

  • 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.

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

    I love sweet and savory salads – delicious!

  • 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:

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

    Just by looks alone this is my favorite so far!

  • Erin
    June 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm

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

  • 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 🙂

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

    Mango & Cucumber = Love at first sight 🙂

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

  • 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

  • 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 🙂

  • 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

  • runnerforever
    June 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    What a great summer recipe!

  • Clearly Composed
    June 12, 2010 at 6:45 pm

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

  • 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 :).

  • Lauri
    June 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm

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

  • 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!

  • 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:)

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

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

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

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


  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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 😀