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Italian Chickpea, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

A classic Italian-style salad with cherry tomatoes, olives, chickpeas, peppers, cucumbers, lots of basil and Ciliegine or Bocconcini, which are small mozzarella balls. You can use cashew or plant-based mozzarella cut up finely if dairy is not part of your diet style.


  • Serves4-6
  • Cooks in
  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Plant Protein

    Recipes with plant protein-rich ingredients.  Examples of plant-based high protein foods include; quinoa, teff, millet, wild rice, oats, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum, wheat, nuts, seeds, hemp seeds, peas, beans, lentils, legumes, soy, tofu & tempeh, broccoli, brussels, spinach, kale, mushrooms, nutritional yeast.

  • High Fibre

    High fibre foods are an important part of a healthy digestive system. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are high in fibre.

  • Vitamins Minerals


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  • 1 can chickpeas - 1 ½ cups | 15oz | 425g
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes - cut in half
  • 1 bell pepper | capsicum - fine diced
  • 1 cucumber - diced
  • 1 cup olives - pitted
  • 1 cup Ciliegine mozzarella*
  • 1 cup herbs - cilantro, basil, parsley, chives
  • ½ red onion diced
  • ½ - 1 tsp salt | dulse
  • 2 tbsp vinegar - white balsamic | sherry
  • 1 tbsp olive oil - optional



Italian Chickpea, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad


DRAIN & rinse chickpeas.


WASH all the veg. Slice cherry tomatoes in half. Dice peppers, cucumbers and red onion about the same size as chickpeas.


MIX all ingredients in a bowl except the basil. Taste and adjust vinegar & salt to your tliking


SERVE garnished with basil and balsamic on the side and extra virgin olive oil if using.


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*SWAP CILIEGINE Mozzarella for Bocconcini or buffalo mozzarella diced or use a plant-based cashew mozzarella.


DAIRY-FREE | PLANT-BASED use a plant-based mozzarella or cheese or Tofu Feta or nuts like almonds or walnuts.


SWAP CHICKPEAS for cooked lentils, cannellini beans, pinto, adzuki, black beans, red beans, navy beans, black-eyed peas.


SWAP | ADD  – carrots, radishes, celery, tomatillos, baby zucchini, cooked green beans, peas, edamame, red onion


ADD nuts or seeds.


THERAPEUTIC DIETS – Adapt the recipe and ingredients according to your healthcare provider. Please remember to read food ingredient labels. 

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