Easy Chickpea Salad When You're On the Go

Why should the kids be the only ones who get to eat good food?

By Jenny Steadman August 25, 2023

When I pack my kids a lunch, if I know I am going to be out all day, I pack myself a lunch too. Whether for a play date, a trip to the library, or the museum, everyone gets hungry! Why should the kids be the only ones who get to eat good food?

I often see parents buying whatever they have in the "museum cafe" or just picking at what their little ones have left behind. (How many times have you had PB&J crust for lunch?) This is no way to sustain your day! Parents, I'm here to tell you that you can enjoy lunch too, without a lot of work.

My usual go-to has been to put a big pile of lettuce in a to-go container and put last night's leftovers on top. You can turn anything into a salad and it's no work at all because you already cooked last night.

But recently I made something new, specifically to keep in the refrigerator for a quick lunch during the week. It fresh and delicious and during the summer, you can get most of these ingredients from your farmer's market.

Easy Chickpea Salad


  • 1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Dill (to taste, use fresh if you can find it)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Feta cheese (optional)
  • Other veggies, if desired (green pepper, celery, etc)


  1. Mix all of the ingredients except cheese together. 
  2. Top with cheese and enjoy!

This article first appeared in Macaroni KID Family Wellness.