Sometimes I wish computers came with a scratch and sniff button so that you could smell how wonderful this salad is.  It’s tangy and so delicious!  All the components work so well together and every bite is just bursting with flavor.  This salad is great for lunch or dinner and perfect for potlucks and get togethers.


  • 1 (15 oz) can no salt added chickpeas or garbanzo beans, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup organic edamame (frozen works well, simply thaw beforehand) *see notes
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup organic dried cranberries (make sure you check the label as dried fruit is often sweetened with sugars)
  • 2 tbsp sunflower or grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary
  • black pepper to taste


  1. In a small bowl mix together oil, vinegar, sea salt, garlic, cumin, Italian seasoning, rosemary and black pepper.  Stir the dressing well and set aside.

    Ingredients in bowl

  2. In a large bowl mix together chickpeas, edamame, peppers, carrots and cranberries.  Toss with dressing and stir to evenly coat.
  3. Refrigerate salad for 1 hour before serving to let flavors set in.

Nutritional Info:

Makes approximately 3 1/2 cup.

Serving size 1 cup.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 295, Cal. from Fat: 92.5, Total Fat: 10.5g, Sat. Fat: 1g, Carbs: 38g, Fiber: 8g, Sugars: 10g, Protein: 13g, Sodium: 156mg, Chol: 0mg


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE use organic edamame.  Any soybean product that is not organic is a GMO and is not clean or good for your body!

This is one of those salads that the longer it sits, the better it gets.  If you make this for a potluck or get together it’s best to make it the day before and let it sit overnight.

Any leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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