Chickpea, Pesto, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad

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Chickpea, Pesto, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad-this simple salad is fresh, flavorful and can be made in less than 10 minutes! 

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In less than a month, unless I am really overdue, I will be having a baby! YAY…and YIKES! I am excited, but I am starting to get nervous. I know this is my second time around, I should be a pro, but you really can’t plan for your labor and delivery…and since I am a planner, this makes me nervous! I wish I knew exactly what day and time this baby was going to make an appearance. That would make me feel much better. I have my due date circled on the calendar, but we all know that date doesn’t mean anything.

Luckily, I am extremely busy and don’t have too much time to worry. My to do list is a mile long, but I always make time for good food. I am not one of those people who forget to eat when they are busy, especially when I am pregnant. Food always comes first! This week, I made a Chickpea, Pesto, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad for lunch and it hit the spot.

Chickpea, Pesto, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad Recipe on Only 4 ingredients needed to make this healthy salad!

When I am busy and short on time, I like to make salads for lunch. Tossing a salad together is easy and healthy. I also love getting creative with my salads. I never get bored with my lunch salads because I am always combining new ingredients.

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Chickpeas are one of my favorite salad ingredients. I love me some chickpeas! For this salad, I mixed together chickpeas, pesto, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella cheese. It seriously took me ten minutes max to make this salad. Thankfully, we had some Spinach Basil Pesto in the freezer. You can also use store bought pesto if you don’t want to make your own. I highly recommend our pesto recipe though:) Just make a big batch so you can put some in the freezer for next time! You will want to make this salad again and again:)

If you are busy and don’t think you have time for a healthy meal, think again. This Chickpea, Pesto, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad is easy peasy! It is great for lunch, dinner, or summer potlucks!

I know this quick and easy salad will be a staple for me after the baby comes…whenever that may be! If any of you are good at guessing due dates, please let me know when our little guy will arrive. I really want to know:)

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Chickpea, Pesto, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad

This quick and easy salad only has 4 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to make!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
10 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes


  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1 cup chopped grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mozzarella
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil optional


  1. In a medium bowl, combine chickpeas, pesto, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Gently stir. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Garnish with fresh basil, if desired. Serve.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. So… When I was pregnant I was worried that my son’s birth would conflict with my sister’s wedding. A friend suggested that I talk to the baby in utero and tell him when to come out. I did ask him to come a few days early so that we could all go to the wedding, and lo and behold he did exactly that. 😉 I know it sounds silly but you can give it a try. And congratulations!!

  2. I’m a man and I get nervous when my wife put’s chickpeas and extra’s in my salad. It’s king of the same reason why I can’t eat potluck dinners. Saying all of that this looks really good and my wife can make it in less than 10 minutes? I’m in!

  3. This looks delicious! I feel like summer makes 10 minute meals so much easier with all of the fresh, in season ingredients available. I can’t wait to make my first batch of pesto!

  4. My second came nine days early. It was quite a surprise as the first was 11 days late. You just never know.

    Salad looks yummy. I might have to make it tonight.

  5. I love to put these salad recipes you come up with on a bed of spinach or arugula. My lunch today was your chickpea, avocado salad on arugula…delish! This will be the next one I try…makes a great, healthy, delicious lunch! I love your creative salads!!!

    1. It is best the day it is made. I did eat leftovers the second day and it was fine, but better the first day. I hope that helps!

    2. It is best the day it is made. Although, I did eat leftovers the next day and it was fine, but if I was serving it I would make and serve it the same day!

  6. Yay! I can’t wait to see those pictures especially Caleb holding baby!
    I love chickpeas I am going to try this one looks delicious!
    Hang in there you will be just fine! 🙂

  7. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is my new favorite meal. I tried it, loved it, and made it three times in four days. (I had to use up the mozzarella before it went bad, right?!)

  8. Could you include the nutritional information for this recipe? It sounds delicious. And it would be helpful to have this information on all your recipes. Thanks!!

  9. I made this the other day for lunch for the hubs and I. It was great! The only thing I did was make it the night before so I wouldn’t have to take time in the morning. The flavors set very well AND my husband asked me if I could make it again. We had it over a bed of fresh spinach. Thanks for a great lunch!

  10. I made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious even with winter grape tomatoes and jarred pesto. I used about 4 ounces of the tiny mozzarella balls and added about two tablespoons Italian parsley torn into small pieces since I had no basil. I will be making it regularly, too.

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  12. Husband is not a fan of this salad due to the garbanzo beans, but that’s ok cause I was really making it for myself anyway. And me? Oh I LOOOOOVE this salad! I wasn’t sad that I didn’t have to share. It made for a great lunch the next couple of days. It really needs the fresh basil. Don’t decide not to cause it sounds like a garnish. Fresh basil has tons of flavor. Yes, I know it’s already in the basil pesto, but the added extra fresh basil is worth it! I would probably cut down to 1/2 can of garbanzo beans though, because I feel it takes over the entire salad. This is delish, perfect for a spring or summer potluck.

  13. Really lovely recipe and so easy to make. I did put it in to a seeded wrap which really made it a bit more filling for me. Would recommend. 

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