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Chickpea Edamame Salad

I’m crazy about fresh mint, and this Chickpea Edamame Salad that has lemon and mint is something I’d happily eat all summer long!

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Everyone who loves chopped fresh mint in a salad, raise your hand!  My hand is high in the air, and if yours is too, you must try this Chickpea Edamame Salad!  I ate this easy salad combination with chickpeas, edamame, chopped mint, and lots of lemon flavor for a tasty lunch. And then I kept eating it with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to perk up the flavor after it had been in the fridge! This was a great lunch salad, and it would also make an interesting side dish for any type of grilled meat, chicken, or fish.

I found the salad recipe that inspired this one in The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook (affiliate link) but I changed the recipe quite a bit, leaving out radishes in favor of edamame, subbing green onions for red onion, and using far more lemon and mint than the original recipe did. I have lots of mint in my garden, so I used a full cup of chopped mint, but if you’re buying mint from the store you can definitely use less. And if you’re really a mint lover like I am, be sure to check out my post on Cooking with Fresh Mint!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • canned chickpeas
  • shelled cooked edamame
  • green onion
  • chopped fresh mint
  • zest and juice of one large lemon (I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice ) (see notes) 
  • Minced Garlic (affiliate link)
  • Olive Oil (affiliate link)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

What are Chickpeas?

Chickpeas are also called Garbanzo Beans, and they’re a popular legume that’s used all over the world.

What is Edamame?

Edamame are immature soybeans that are low in carbs and nutritious, and they’re often served as an appetizer in Japanese restaurants. Read more about Edamame and how to use them.

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How to Make Chickpea Edamame Salad:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Drain the chickpeas into a colander placed in the sink and then rinse with cold water until no more foam appears.
  2. I used all the zest and juice from a large lemon (and even added a little more lemon juice when I tasted the finished salad.)
  3. Be sure to zest the lemon first, and then squeeze the juice.
  4. In a bowl big enough to hold all the salad ingredients, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  5. Add the chickpeas and stir to coat with the dressing. Let chickpeas marinate while you prep the other ingredients.
  6. I used “cook in the bag” frozen Edamame that made this recipe really easy.
  7. When the edamame is cooked, drain it well in the same colander.
  8. I used 1/2 cup sliced green onion, but you can use less if you’re not that fond of onions.
  9. I used a full cup of finely chopped mint, but again you can use less if that suits your taste better.
  10. Add the drained edamame, sliced green onion, and chopped mint to the salad bowl and stir to combine. 
  11. Taste for seasoning (I added more lemon juice and a tiny bit more salt.) 
  12. Serve right away or refrigerate until you want to eat it.

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More Mint Loving Recipes from Kalyn:

Cucumber Avocado Salad
Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
Spicy Carrot Salad
Cannellini Bean Salad with Mint
Fattoush Lebanese Salad

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Chickpea Edamame Salad

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Chickpea Edamame Salad is flavored with lemon and mint, and this is something I’d happily eat as a side dish all summer long. And I love this salad with plenty of mint!

Ingredients

  • one 15.5 oz. can chickpeas
  • 1 1/2 cup shelled cooked edamame
  •  1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion (more or less to taste)
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh mint (more or less to taste)
  • zest and juice of one large lemon (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 T olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Drain garbanzo beans into a colander placed in the sink and rinse well with cold water until no more foam appears. 
  2. Let beans drain well (I pat them dry with a paper towel if they still seem wet.)
  3. If using frozen edamame, microwave for about 5 minutes.  (You can microwave the desired amount in a glass bowl covered with cling-wrap, or use the microwave-in-the-package kind like I did.)
  4. Zest the lemon using a microplane grater or the finest side of a regular grater, then squeeze the lemon juice.  You need at least 1 T lemon zest and 2-3 T lemon juice.
  5. In a plastic or glass bowl large enough to hold all the salad ingredients, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil, salt, and fresh ground black pepper.
  6. Add the drained chickpeas and stir so the beans are well-coated with dressing.  Let beans marinate in the dressing while you prep the other ingredients.
  7. When edamame is cooked, drain well in the same colander you used for the beans.  Thinly slice green onions.
  8. Wash mint, spin dry or dry with paper towels, and finely chop enough to make 1 cup chopped mint, or less if you’re not that fond of mint.
  9. Add the edamame, sliced green onions, and chopped mint to the bowl with the chickpeas and stir until ingredients are well combined.  Taste for seasoning and add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice as desired.  (I added more lemon juice and a tiny bit of salt.)  Serve right away or refrigerate until you’re ready to eat it.
  10. This still tasted great after it had been in the fridge overnight, but I added a little more lemon juice to brighten the flavor.

Notes

You need at least 1 T zest and 2-3 T lemon juice, plus more juice for seasoning the finished salad if desired.

This recipe was adapted quite a bit from one found in The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook. (affiliate link)

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 7gSugar: 9gProtein: 8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
A salad with chickpeas and edamame is too high in carbs for a strict low-carb diet. However, everything in this salad is a great choice for a low-glycemic eating plan, and this salad would be a perfect salad for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. For South Beach, dried beans and soybeans are both limited for Phase One, so use portion control.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2011. It was last updated with more information in 2021.

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    34 Comments on “Chickpea Edamame Salad”

  1. Really very nice and informative post, thanks for sharing information…

  2. Kerri, so glad you're enjoying it. I need to try some of your versions!

  3. Hi, Kalyn. Longtime lurker, first-time commenter. I just had to get on to tell you how much I love this salad! I have made it a few zillion times now, and I can tell you it adapts like a dream.

    My favorite is actually subbing parsley for the mint and lime for the lemon. (I tried cilantro, too, and am surprised to say that the parsley works better.) Someday I might give this a whirl with some fresh orange juice and tarragon. I bet that would work, too. BIG thanks for the recipe!

  4. Lisa, so glad it was a hit!

  5. I made this for a group of vegan and carnivorous friends this weekend…a HUGE hit. Thank you! I shared the recipe (and leftovers) with everyone!

  6. Corinna, I agree. I thought it was great for several days.

  7. Also wanted to add this was even better after sitting overnight. Big batches!

  8. Corinna, so glad you like it!

  9. What a great salad! Delicious, refreshing,healthy, filling– I'll be making it a lot this summer. Thanks for yet another winner, Kalyn!

  10. Quay Po Cooks, so glad you like it. (And fun hearing from someone in Malaysia too!)

  11. This salad is a winner. It has all my favorite ingredients. I have all the ingredients so I am going to make this tonight. Thanks!

  12. Thanks Britt. I loved it, especially with the extra mint!

  13. Yum! That looks good.

  14. How odd, I got the comment from Kristen in my e-mail first. Traveling Diva, I was not ignoring you, honest! So glad you like the salad!