Welcome to Vibrant Occasions Catering, your go-to caterer in Arkansas, known for delivering exceptional culinary experiences. Today, we are excited to share our mouthwatering Chickpea Salad recipe – a nutritious and flavorful dish that is perfect for any occasion. Join us as we explore the origins, outstanding qualities, and occasions perfectly suited for serving this sensational salad. This recipe was first presented on an episode of THV 11’s The Vine but in case you missed it, we have all the mouth-watering details and recipe for you below.

Chickpea Salad, also known as garbanzo bean salad, has a rich Mediterranean heritage. Originating from the Middle East, this delightful dish has made its way across many cultures due to its versatility and health benefits. At Vibrant Occasions Catering, we ensure our recipe stays true to its roots while adding our creative flair. Our Chickpea Salad showcases a harmonious blend of fresh vegetables, protein-packed chickpeas, and a flavorful dressing. 


Here’s why this recipe stands out:


  1. Nutritious and Satisfying: Packed with fiber, protein, and essential vitamins, the combination of chickpeas and vibrant vegetables offers a wholesome and satisfying dish.


  1. Bursting with Fresh Flavors: The crispness of diced tomatoes, red onions, red bell peppers, celery, and refreshing cilantro create a symphony of fresh flavors that will leave your taste buds craving more.


  1. Versatile and Customizable: Our Chickpea Salad can be tailored to suit various dietary preferences by adding or substituting ingredients such as cucumbers, olives, or feta cheese for an extra twist.


Here are a few examples of various occasions to serve this dish:


  1. Outdoor Picnics or BBQs: This salad is perfect for outdoor gatherings, offering a light and refreshing option alongside grilled meats and other summer favorites.


  1. Office Luncheons or Corporate Events: Impress your colleagues or clients with a healthy and delicious alternative during office luncheons or corporate events. It’s a crowd-pleaser that accommodates different dietary needs.


  1. Family Potlucks or Social Gatherings: Bring a vibrant, flavorful salad to family potlucks or social gatherings. Its simplicity and fresh ingredients ensure it complements a wide range of dishes.


Chickpea Salad Recipe




– 2 cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed

– 1 diced tomato

– 1/2 cup diced red onion

– 1/2 diced red bell pepper

– 1/2 cup diced celery

– 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


For the Dressing:


– 1/4 cup olive oil

– 1 ½ tsp. ground coriander

– 3/4 tsp. ground cumin

– 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt

– 3/4 tsp. ground black pepper

– 1 ½ tsp. minced garlic

– 1 ½ tsp. white wine




  1. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the dressing. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the drained and rinsed chickpeas, diced tomato, red onion, red bell pepper, celery, and fresh cilantro.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently stir to combine.
  4. Let the salad sit for a couple of hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.


At Vibrant Occasions Catering, we take pride in sharing exceptional recipes like our Chickpea Salad, which boasts both nutrition and incredible flavors. This versatile dish can elevate any occasion, whether it’s a casual picnic or an elegant corporate event in Arkansas and beyond. We encourage you to try our recipe and experience the irresistible flavors our Vibrant Occasions Catering cuisine has to offer.


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