Healthy Meal Prep Idea: Greek Chickpea Salad

by Kaitlynn Fenley
two pyrex dishes filled with a mix of vegetables and quinoa

Healthy meal preps are a great way to prepare a nourishing, quick meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I love meal prepping this Greek Chickpea salad to bring to work for lunch or to have for a quick dinner after a long day. This meal prep also includes an easy recipe for my favorite homemade greek salad dressing.

Why Healthy Meal Preps are Great

I love meal prepping for three main reasons.

  1. Convenience: It is so satisfying to come home after a long day of work, and to open up the fridge and see a nourishing dinner already made! We work long days as entrepreneurs, and often we don’t feel like cooking. Having a prepped meal is usually healthier and cheaper than going out though, so we like to prep fun meals like greek chickpea salad for dinner.
  2. Bring it to work: This is a money-saving, huge benefit of meal prepping. If Jon and I dined out for lunch every day we would be BROKE. However, we also don’t have the time to run home and make lunch from scratch every day. This is where meal prepping comes in handy. I love making salads and soups in advance and just having them ready to grab-and-go.
  3. Dirty all the prep dishes one day: Who actually likes doing dish every night all week? definitely not me. When you prep most of your meals in one day, you can wash all the mixing bowls, utensils, and cookware in one day and be done with it. For the rest of the week, you only have to wash the meal prep containers.

Meal Prepping Greek Chickpea Salad

When I first thought about meal prepping this salad, I thought it would be a soggy mess by the next day, but it wasn’t at all! The key is keeping the dressing separate. If you start with fresh ingredients a meal prepped salad can last five days in the fridge.

Also, salad is 100% NOT a boring dish to meal prep. Salad is only boring if you make a boring salad. This salad includes tons of fun ingredients and prebiotics like red onions, olives, and tricolor quinoa. The more textures in the salad the better!

The benefits of Making Your Own Greek Salad Dressing

I LOVE making all my own salad dressings. I think it’s more cost-effective and generates way less waste. To make any good salad dressing you just need a fat, acid, salt, and sometimes a little heat. For this one, I use olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper along with a few other ingredients.

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Greek Chickpea Salad Meal Prep

I love meal prepping this Greek Chickpea salad to bring to work for lunch or to have for a quick dinner after a long day. This meal prep also includes an easy recipe for my favorite homemade greek salad dressing.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Meal Prep
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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Salad Ingredients: 

  • 3 Romaine Hearts, Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Purple Olives, Pitted
  • 1/2 Red Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 1 Cup Tricolor Quinoa, Cooked 
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 1 Large Cucumber, Chopped
  • 2 Cans Chickpeas, Drained and Rinsed

Salad Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Half a Lemon, Juiced
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic

Instructions

  1. Prep all of the salad ingredients. Wash and chop the produce, drain and rinse the chickpeas, and cook the quiona according to the directions on the bag. I usually cook my quinoa in my rice cooker using 1 cup of dry quinoa and 2 cups of water. 
  2. Allow the quinoa to cool before mixing into the salad. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients. Toss until everything is evenly mixed. 
  4. You can keep the mixed salad in one large container or you can divide the salad into four smaller storage containers. 
  5. Store the salad in the fridge. 
  6. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a mason jar. Place a secure lid on the jar and shake to mix and combine the dressing.
  7. Store the dressing in the fridge. 
  8. Serve and enjoy by adding 2-3 tablespoons of dressing to a portion of salad. 

Notes

You can also use any store bought greek dressing you prefer for this salad.

Keywords: greek,chickpea,salad,meal,prep

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