Eat Smart  |  Posted 10.23.14

Brown Rice and Chickpea Salad

Brown Rice and Chickpea Salad

This salad is an easy way to incorporate extra fiber, vitamins, and minerals into your diet. Unlike white rice, brown rice includes bran and germ, making it a healthier and more fiber-rich choice. Unfortunately, its longer cooking time discourages many people from using it. To cut down on prep time, you can use packaged precooked rice or plan to prepare extra when making it for a side dish.

If the spices are too much for a sensitive stomach, omit them. If your taste buds need a little extra, add a pinch more.

For added crunch and sweetness, add a chopped apple or pear to the dish before serving.

Makes 12 servings.

Prep Time: 30 minutes or less
Total Time: 30 minutes or less


  • 3 cups cooked brown rice


  1. In a bowl, combine the rice and chickpeas. Add the red pepper, raisins, and parsley and stir to combine.
  2. Ub a separate bowl, combine the oil, lemon juice, salt cinnamon, cumin, and curry powder. Add to the salad and stir gently to combine. Add the almonds just before serving.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (about 1/2 cup): Calories 180, Total Fat 8 g, Total Carbohydrate 24 g, Dietary Fiber 4 g, Sugars 6 g, Protein 5 g, Sodium 140 mg

Recipe from "What to Eat During Cancer Treatment" by The American Cancer Society