Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Garbanzo Beans and Basil

I found a recipe on Kalyn’s Kitchen that looked so good I just had to try it.  I adapted it a bit to work with what I had on hand and it turned out delicious.  I loved that it was super easy to make and that my whole family gobbled it up.  I served this salad with the Balsamic, Basil, and Garlic Chicken Breasts along with fresh berries for a healthy and delicious meal.  Thanks for the inspiration Kalyn!

Combine the white balsamic vinegar, canola oil, olive oil, garlic, sugar, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, in a large bowl; whisk until well combined.  Add the garbanzo beans to the bowl with the vinaigrette then stir until evenly coated.  Set aside for flavors to mingle while you chop the veggies.

Once you have chopped all of the vegetables, add them to the bowl with the garbanzo beans and the vinaigrette. Mix until well coated  Let the salad sit for about 15 minutes so the veggies soak up the vinaigrette.  Add the feta cheese and fresh basil right before serving.  Enjoy.

Side Note:  If your red onion is strong in flavor, dice it then soak it in ice cold water for a few minutes to remove some of the strong flavor.

 

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Garbanzo Beans and Basil

Yield: 6-8

Prep Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients:

White Balsamic Vinaigrette:

2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp sugar
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Salad:

1/2 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced
Several cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tbsp red onion, diced
2 tbsp feta cheese
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Directions:

Combine the white balsamic vinegar, canola oil, olive oil, garlic, sugar, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, in a large bowl; whisk until well combined. Add the garbanzo beans to the bowl with the vinaigrette then stir until evenly coated. Set aside for flavors to mingle while you chop the veggies.

Once you have chopped all of the vegetables, add them to the bowl with the garbanzo beans and the vinaigrette. Mix until well coated Let the salad sit for about 15 minutes so the veggies soak up the vinaigrette. Add the feta cheese and fresh basil right before serving. Enjoy.

Side Note: If your red onion is strong in flavor, dice it then soak it in ice cold water for a few minutes to remove some of the strong flavor.

Adapted recipe by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe inspired by Kalyn's Kitchen

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16 Responses to “Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Garbanzo Beans and Basil”

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    Diane — August 1, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    This is the sort of salad I love but I cannot convince Nigel that feta is yummy! Thanks for the onion tip. Keep well Diane

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    • jessica replied: — August 17th, 2012 @ 7:33 am

      I make this for my family and have two who can’t eat cheese. I make the salad and serve the cheese on the side so everyone can enjoy. It is a family favorite year around.

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    melissa@IWasBornToCook — August 2, 2012 @ 4:24 am

    Some of my favorite ingredients are here – this looks like a great way to use up my garden
    cucumbers!

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    Paula — August 2, 2012 @ 4:42 am

    This would definitely work with spring onions, as well! Yummy.

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    Kim in MD — August 2, 2012 @ 5:25 am

    This is my kind of salad! I love the addition of the chick peas!

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — August 2, 2012 @ 5:27 am

    Definitely will be trying this. Looks so good. I do something slightly similar with red peppers instead of the tomatoes.

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    Jenn's Food Journey — August 2, 2012 @ 5:29 am

    Minus the beans, my mom used to make this salad almost every night in the summer when I was growing up…. it helped that we had cucumbers and tomatoes growing in our garden every summer :)

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    Kalyn — August 2, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    So glad you enjoyed it!

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    Susan — August 2, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    I love all these wonderful summer salads that everyone is finding! Our cukes and tomatoes are comin’ on strong – here’s a great salad to add to the dinner roster! Thanks, Pam and Kalyn!

    PS – Great hint about the strong onions!

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    Roz — August 2, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    I’m loving this beautiful, fresh veggie-filled salad for these hot days of of summer!

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    Ridwan — August 2, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    Refreshing, simple and Yummy colorful salad !!

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    Construction Equipment Texas — August 2, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    so fresh and light… I could eat this every day! I love anything with feta!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — August 2, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    Looks like a nice light salad for a hot summer day.

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    Lynda — August 2, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    I love salads like this Pam! Such crisp, fresh flavors are perfect summer fare.

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    Joanne — August 3, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    Such a fresh flavored salad! Perfect for summer.

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    Irica — August 7, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    This looks amazing! I found your blog by chance and very happy I did! Will be attempting this tonight.

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