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Meal Prep Greek Chickpea Salad is a fresh and filling lunch idea! Make a big batch then divy into mason jars with lettuce for easy, on-the-go gluten-free lunches all week.

Meal-Prep Greek Chickpea Salad is a fresh and filling lunch idea! Make a big batch then divy into mason jars with lettuce for easy, on-the-go gluten-free lunches all week. | iowagirleats.com

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed but on most Fridays I try to share a recipe that’s weekend-friendly. Maybe its a fun baking projectlazy brunch recipe, or a long simmering stew. My favorite thing to do though, is provide a meal prep idea that you can assemble on either Saturday or Sunday then enjoy all week long.

Maple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars and Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars come to mind, plus any soup or chili, and meal-prep friendly recipes like Greek Chickpea Salad!

Not only is this meal prep recipe KILLLLLLLLLING it in the delicious department – oh my word it is so, so, so fresh and delicious – but you can divy the salad into mason jars or tupperware containers, top with lettuce and extra protein like chopped chicken, shrimp or steak, then stash in the fridge for easy, pre-made lunches during your busy work week. Pair with an apple, orange, or grapes and you’re set!

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Meal-Prep Greek Chickpea Salad is a fresh and filling lunch idea! Make a big batch then divy into mason jars with lettuce for easy, on-the-go gluten-free lunches all week. | iowagirleats.com

Meal Prep Greek Chickpea Salad is a riff on my Italian Chickpea Salad (which works equally as well as a meal prep idea) but this one has all the classic flavors of a Greek Salad, plus chickpeas and fresh dill. OBNOXIOUS AMOUNTS OF FRESH DILL because I am obsessed with it at the moment. It makes me think of pickles which in turn makes me think: gimme.

The rest of Greek salad cast is all there: fresh tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, and olives, tossed in a puckery Lemon-Oregano Dressing. Maybe it’s the 6″ of snow currently on the ground, with another 6″ on the way tonight, but I’m ALL about bright and sunny citrus at the moment. That said, I couldn’t stop adding fresh lemon juice to the dressing. THAT said, if you think it’s a little too tart in the jar, drizzle it in anyway because the flavors compliment the rest of the ingredients perfectly. I’m definitely classifying this dressing as spoon-drink-worthy!

Not only is Meal Prep Greek Chickpea Salad healthy and filling, but I love how all the ingredients are chopped the same size so each bite is perfectly balanced. Tart and tangy, fresh and crunchy. Prep for lunches as I’ve shown, or serve alongside any simple dinner to really liven things up!

Meal-Prep Greek Chickpea Salad is a fresh and filling lunch idea! Make a big batch then divy into mason jars with lettuce for easy, on-the-go gluten-free lunches all week. | iowagirleats.com

Couldn’t be easier – in a large bowl combine a 15oz can chickpeas that’s been drained and rinsed, 1/2 chopped English cucumber, 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes that have been halved or quartered, 1/4 minced red onion, 1/2 cup olives that have been sliced (I used a combo of kalamata and green olives,) 1-1/2 Tablespoons chopped dill, plus 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (un-pictured.)

Meal-Prep Greek Chickpea Salad is a fresh and filling lunch idea! Make a big batch then divy into mason jars with lettuce for easy, on-the-go gluten-free lunches all week. | iowagirleats.com

Next, in a mason jar or bowl, combine the ingredients for the Lemon-Oregano Dressing: 1/2 cup each extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons), 1 teaspoon each dried oregano and honey, 1 large garlic clove that’s been pressed or minced, plus salt and pepper. Shake or whisk to combine.

Pour HALF the dressing onto the salad then toss to combine.

Like I said, you can go the dinner route with this salad – it’d pair particularly well with chicken or roast shrimp…

Meal-Prep Greek Chickpea Salad is a fresh and filling lunch idea! Make a big batch then divy into mason jars with lettuce for easy, on-the-go gluten-free lunches all week. | iowagirleats.com

Or spoon a couple Tablespoons of the extra dressing into mason jars, followed by a few scoops of salad, chopped protein, and as much lettuce as you can stuff into the jar. Screw on a lid and you’re set! I hope you love this colorful, fresh and healthy meal prep lunch idea! Enjoy!

Meal-Prep Greek Chickpea Salad is a fresh and filling lunch idea! Make a big batch then divy into mason jars with lettuce for easy, on-the-go gluten-free lunches all week. | iowagirleats.com

Meal Prep Greek Chickpea Salad

Description

Meal Prep Greek Chickpea Salad is a fresh and filling lunch idea! Make a big batch then divy into mason jars with lettuce for easy, on-the-go gluten-free lunches all week.

Ingredients

serves 6

  • 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1/2 cup kalamata/green olives, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill (or more or less)
  • salt
  • For the Lemon-Oregano Dressing:
    • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1 large garlic clove, pressed or minced
    • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. For the Lemon-Oregano Dressing: Add all dressing ingredients into a jar with a tight fitting lid or bowl then shake or whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to a large bowl. Add HALF the dressing then stir gently to combine.
  3. If making mason jar salads: add a couple Tablespoons of the remaining dressing into mason jars then add a few scoops of salad followed by as much lettuce as you can pack into the jar. Optional: add chopped chicken, steak, or shrimp on top of the chickpea salad before the lettuce. Screw lids on tightly then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Salad on its own will last for 5 days.

Notes

  • The Lemon-Oregano Dressing might taste too tart by itself but has great flavor once mixed in with the salad!

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

Meal-Prep Greek Chickpea Salad is a fresh and filling lunch idea! Make a big batch then divy into mason jars with lettuce for easy, on-the-go gluten-free lunches all week. | iowagirleats.com