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It’s hot here so we’ve been eating barbecue food with cold salads as a side. I went to Costco last Thursday and decided to pick up this Summer Fresh Citrus Chickpea Salad to try this weekend.
The 1.2 kg container costs $10.99 Canadian at Costco. It’s quite a large container of chickpeas but after tasting it I think $10.99 is a bit on the expensive side.
The “salad” needs to be kept refrigerated and the best before date is about three weeks from the date we purchased it. However, after it’s opened the salad should be consumed within five days according to the packaging. I liked the idea of this salad to have alongside barbecue chicken or salmon.
For a half cup serving there are 140 calories, four grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, five grams of fibre, nine grams of sugar and five grams of protein. A half-cup serving would be quite filling due to the fact this is basically just chickpeas so the amount of calories etc for one serving doesn’t seem like too much. The ingredients list isn’t too long and I like when I see ingredients I’m familiar with and don’t have to google to find out what they are and why they’re added. The main ingredient is chickpeas which I expected because this is basically a giant container of chickpeas. This is gluten-free and vegan so that’s a bonus! Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein.
I love chickpeas so I thought I would love this salad but I, unfortunately, was immediately turned off by the appearance, texture and noise it made as I mixed it up. It’s very soupy and gelatinous, when you take a bite there are strings of a jelly-looking sauce that just seem unappealing to me. The flavor is mainly of chickpeas with a slight hint of citrus and sweetness. Otherwise, there’s not much flavor coming from the vegetables because there is really only a scant amount of them in the salad. I wasn’t at all wowed by this salad and wouldn’t buy it again but it wasn’t horrible, just nothing special tasting. I feel that if it was served to guests they might be a little turned off by the appearance and texture.
I agree with your review and also find it sweet tasting. Have been scouring internet for tastier homemade versions.
I have never understood why someone feels the need to buy a salad like this. If you have a sharp knife and a can opener you can make your own version in five minutes, Chop up an onion, a colourful pepper, a bit of parsley and add it to a can of rinsed chickpeas in a bowl. Throw some olive oils salt, pepper, any other seasoning you like on it and perhaps the juice of a half lemon and a little red wine vinegar, adjust the seasonings after you mix and taste. Serve and enjoy. A no brainer, and it keeps for quite a few days.
Hey Natalie, welcome to the other half of our country 👋🇨🇦!
When I read “gelatinous” and “strings of a jelly-looking sauce” it was a big NOPE for me! It made me chuckle when you referred to the noise made by a food but I immediately knew what you meant lol. Yuck! Why in the world would they put sugar in this? The orange juice is sweet enough. Janet’s right, this type of dish is an easy peasy diy. Probably some people just want to grab ready made stuff.
Thanks for being the guinea pig!
Cheers from Waterdown 😎
I agree wholeheartedly with your review. I bought it for potluck b/c it sounded good and was sorry I’d taken it. There was some left over and I put it in the trash. It was like eating a bowl of glue and there was very little flavour.
I look forward to m ore of your reviews.
Excellent review, thanks for you honesty!
Also, thanks Janet for the “recipe”
I look forward to reading more of your reviews Natalie 😀