If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table that’s also healthy and delicious, then this Salmon and Chickpea Toss is the perfect meal for you! This flavorful dish is sure to please the whole family and can be made in just minutes. With its fresh ingredients and simple steps, this Salmon and Chickpea Toss will quickly become a weeknight staple in your kitchen. Read on to learn how to make this tasty dish!
Gather the ingredients
For this delicious Salmon and Chickpea Toss, you will need:
- 2 (4-6 oz) salmon fillets
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1⁄2 cup cooked chickpeas
- 1⁄4 cup diced red onion
- 1⁄4 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1⁄4 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
Once you have all of your ingredients ready, you’re ready to begin making this delicious meal!
Preheat the oven
Before you begin to make your delicious Salmon and Chickpea Toss, the first step is to preheat the oven. Preheating the oven ensures that the salmon will cook evenly, resulting in a juicy, flaky dish.
To preheat your oven, set the temperature to 425°F and wait until the oven’s preheat indicator light or timer goes off. You can also use an oven thermometer to ensure that your oven is at the right temperature before beginning. Once the oven is preheated, you’re ready to start cooking! Place your cooked chickpeas on a baking sheet, spread them out so they are not overlapping. Then place two 4-ounce pieces of salmon on top of the chickpeas and season with salt and pepper. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, take the baking sheet out of the oven and turn each piece of salmon over. Place it back in the oven for 10 more minutes or until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.
Cook the salmon
For this Salmon and Chickpea Toss, start by preheating the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place the salmon fillets skin-side down on top. Drizzle them with olive oil, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through.
Once the salmon is cooked, remove it from the oven and flake it into large pieces using a fork. Set aside until ready to toss together with the other ingredients. While the salmon is cooking, add the chickpeas, red bell pepper, tomatoes, shallots and garlic to a bowl. Dress them with olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, cumin and chili powder. Give it all a good stir so that everything is evenly coated. Heat some more olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then add the chickpea mixture. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until everything is heated through and beginning to caramelize.
Prepare the chickpeas
Start by rinsing a can of chickpeas to remove any excess sodium. Then, place the chickpeas in a saucepan with enough water to cover them. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer the chickpeas for 15 minutes, or until they are tender.
Once cooked, drain the chickpeas in a colander and allow them to cool before transferring them to a large bowl. To season the chickpeas, add olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin, and salt to the bowl. Toss everything together until the chickpeas are evenly coated in the seasoning. Preheat your oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the seasoned chickpeas on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through baking time. Remove from the oven when the chickpeas become crispy.
Toss everything together
Once you’ve preheated the oven and cooked the salmon, and prepared the chickpeas, it’s time to toss everything together. In a large bowl, combine the cooked salmon, cooked chickpeas, red onions, bell pepper, and cherry tomatoes. Drizzle the mixture with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss the ingredients until everything is well combined.
Transfer the salmon and chickpea mixture to a large baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
Remove from the oven and serve the Salmon and Chickpea Toss with your favorite accompaniments such as a green salad, crusty bread, or roasted potatoes. Enjoy! The combination of salmon, chickpeas, and fresh veggies makes this an incredibly nutritious meal that tastes amazing. Feel free to add other ingredients to make it even more flavorful. For example, you could add some fresh herbs like parsley or basil to brighten up the flavors. You could also experiment with different spices like garlic powder or paprika. Or if you want to make it heartier, try adding some cooked quinoa or couscous. The possibilities are endless!
Serve and enjoy!
When everything is ready, you can serve your Salmon and Chickpea Toss. You can serve it as a side dish or as the main course. Garnish it with some freshly chopped parsley and lemon wedges for a bright and flavorful finish.
This dish is great served warm, but you can also enjoy it cold. Enjoy it with crusty bread, on a bed of greens, or as part of a meal prep bowl.
No matter how you choose to serve it, this Salmon and Chickpea Toss is sure to be a hit! Enjoy! This Salmon and Chickpea Toss is a delicious and easy-to-make meal that will leave your taste buds satisfied. It’s full of flavor, color, and nutrition that will make every bite enjoyable. Plus, you can easily make this dish ahead of time so that all that’s left to do is pop it in the oven when dinnertime rolls around. Plus, it’s very versatile so you can adjust the flavors to suit your own preferences. From adding in different herbs to adding different vegetables, there are so many possibilities that everyone in the family will find something they love about this tasty dish!