Salad, Sizzling Tastebuds

Lettuce Chickpea Salad | Easy Salad | GF and Vegan

Truth be told, I am a soup person while the husband is a salad person. Whenever we order out/in or cook at home, I prefer the soup and hubby always manages to rustle up a salad. 

So, the idea of a warm salad came from our early days of our marriage when he used to warm up few veggies (partially roast it actually) and with a drizzle of the vinaigrette, and trust me, it was a great meal to dig into especially after a long work day.

Today’s salad is a warm salad too, and I love it a lot. I had shared some pics on my Instagram feed earlier too on another warm salad. This takes under 15 mins, entirely Gluten Free and Vegan. So, a great dish to dig into on any day : warm or cold.


Prep time – 10 mins, Cook time – 5 mins, Serves – 1

What you need:

Cooked Black chickpeas – 1/4 cup ( I used small kala channa, but you can use any chickpea/ cooked protein u have on hand)

Shredded lettuce – 3 handfuls

Shredded spinach  – 1 handful

Tomatoes – 1/2 cup (diced)

Red Onions -1 tsp

dressing : Salt, pepper – to taste, Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp, Balsamic vinegar 1/4 tsp, paprika 1/4 tsp

Olive oil – 1 tsp



How to:

In a pan, heat oil. Cool. Add the chickpeas and saute for 1 min, remove and add the shredded spinach and lettuce. In a bowl, add all ingredients. 

Whisk the dressing and add to the salad and serve immediately 

Salads in an Indian context are mostly Kachumber,  Kosambari – Kosumalli (lentils+cucumber/carrot t and then tempered). 

I have a few salads that the kids and me like:

Sweet potato and Chickpea Warm salad (most repeated salad at home :p)


Colombian Quinoa Salad with Avocado


Russian Olivier salad (without mayonnaise)


Lebanese Chickpea Salad with Zataar


Chinese style Smashed Cucumber Salad


Watermelon Feta Salad (and the husband’s fav too!)


Bolivian Purple Cabbage and Broccoli Salad


Cuban Pineapple Strawberry Salad


Watermelon Quinoa Salad with Lime and Chilli Vinaigrette (my fav!)


This week at Foodie Monday Bloghop, Narmadha has given us #SaladStories to spin and weave our own salads. 




  1. Poonam Bachhav

    Kala chana salad with onions and tomatoes is my family favourite. Adding shredded lettuce and spinach to this salad sounds interesting !

  2. Never tried warm salad. Sounds delicious and healthy. Interesting recipe. Loved it Kalyani.

  3. I often make kala chana salad but in a different way. I love your idea of adding the greens to this to make it more tasty as well as add more colour.

  4. This is my kids favorite, which they like to take for lunch too.. healthy and delicious salad bowl with crunchy lettuce looks so tempting!!

  5. I make salad using Kala Chana quite often, but this is very different! Love the idea of adding lettuce and spinach to the salad. Looks yum!

  6. As the saying goes, eat chana an become strong like a horse. Such a wonderful way to enjoy kala chana in the form of a salad.

  7. Vasusvegkitchen

    First of all I loved all your salad collection Kalyani.I regular have chana sprouts and boiled chana but never tried this salad with lettuce and spinach, its giving fresh and healthy feel 🙂

  8. preethi'scuisine

    I make kala chana sundal.Kala chana salad with spinach and cabbage sounds refreshing. Lovely recipe Kalyani.

  9. Love this warm salad … Use of kala chana along with lettuce sounds really so refreshing !! I usually make only kala chana, lemon, green chili and black salt 🙂

  10. All the ingredients are so healthy and nutritious. Chickpea with lot of veggies looks so refreshing and inviting

  11. Lettuce and chickpeas are definitely a yummy combo. I love the easy with which the salad can be made. Gonna try it out and sooner the better.

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