Cranberry-Chickpea Salad

I’m baaaaaaaaaack!

Copycat Cedar's Chickpea Salad Recipe

This is supposed to be the post where I tell you all about what an amazing time I had on vacation and about everything that I saw AND ate. Unfortunately, I spent all morning trying and failing to create a gluten-free quinoa muffin recipe for my daughter so I don’t have any time to do that…. BAH. I’m just terrible with time management.

But needless to say we had fun.


See? Fun. Haha, well Scarlett doesn’t look too excited…

BUT! I mean, how could we not be- we were in London!

Copycat Cedar's Chickpea Salad Recipe

I do want to quickly mention though that I did partake in a very non-vegan, non-natural diet while I was there (as expected…). Our hotel was conveniently situated right next to the most delicious little French bakery. I mean, come on! The number of croissants, pastries, and cheesy dishes I had while I was there is almost shameful.

I might have gone on a binge while I was there. Not going to lie. But how many times will I ever be in England? Probably never again. So I allowed myself to go off the rails for a week. But now I am back! And it’s time to reboot my system.

I started a 3-day detox program this morning to help me get back on track. I am going to share it with you on Monday. A complete renovation of my body inside-out.

And boy do I need it after the week I had….

Copycat Cedar's Chickpea Salad Recipe

Luckily when I got back to the house a couple days ago, the fridge wasn’t empty. It had a big ol’ bowl of this chickpea salad in it. THANK GOODNESS. It’s exactly what I needed.

Not only is this salad full of incredible nutrients, but it’s so, SO, soooooo friggin’ delicious! I created it after having a craving for Cedar’s Chickpea Salad that they sell stateside at grocery stores. It came out perfect.

Copycat Cedar's Chickpea Salad Recipe

I had some serious doubts about Dave eating it though. ONE- because it had dried cranberries it it (sweet things don’t belong in savory things according to him). And TWO- because it had edamame in it (a completely foreign, bean-like food to him). He was brave and tried it AND GUESS WHAT!? He liked it! Yayyyyyyyy!

This makes me beyond happy since it has immediately become one of my new favorite salads.

And you can easily make it into a substantial meal by adding some chopped nuts of quinoa.

Copycat Cedar's Chickpea Salad Recipe


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Cranberry-Chickpea Salad
Serves: 4
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup edamame beans
  • ½ cup finely chopped green peppers
  • ½ cup finely chopped green peppers
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  1. PREPARE THE DRESSING: Combine garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, and seasonings in a large bowl; whisk well.
  2. MAKE THE SALAD: Add all the salad ingredients into the bowl with the dressing. Toss to evenly distribute and dress the ingredients.
  3. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator until ready.



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  • Joann Ianniello October 3, 2013, 12:25 pm

    I studied and lived in England for a year. it was there that I first had tried vegetarian East Indian food. My friend had been diagnosed with MS and was on a gluten free, vegetarian diet. Too bad you weren’t able to find one of those restaurants on your visit to London.

  • lmachell October 3, 2013, 6:23 pm

    I was able to go to one great vegetarian restaurant while I was there. SO good! It’s just the other times between that where I ate lots of butter, sugar, and cheese… but NO meat! So not a total fail.

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 4, 2013, 6:31 pm

    Ooh, this would make a perfect lunch–it looks delicious!

  • JEN January 25, 2014, 11:40 pm

    You wouldn’t happen to have a copy cat recipe of the wheat berry salad by cedars??

  • lmachell January 27, 2014, 12:50 pm

    No, but I will look into it!

  • Tina January 28, 2014, 3:22 am

    Do you have the recipe for the black bean salad?

  • lmachell February 5, 2014, 8:59 am

    No, but I am going to look into making copy-cat recipes of many of their other salads.

  • George August 25, 2014, 11:51 pm

    This was awesome I added some chopped up red onion and red pepper. Would definatly make again.

  • lmachell August 27, 2014, 10:50 pm

    Great to hear George!

  • Donna Hansen August 9, 2015, 11:48 pm

    Living near a Cedars factory and buying their various salads each week, I had to try this as we were getting ready for a gathering of 70+ fellow alumni from my high school school in Beirut. It was WONDERFUL. For the number to be served I increased it threefold and added some parsley as that is on the ingredients list of my last Cedars container

  • Cleeo2 February 13, 2016, 7:09 pm

    I tried Cedars Chickpea Salad for the first time today and loved it! Wish I would have discovered it sooner! I searched recipes so that I can make myself a larger batch. I found this one and it looks just like it.
    Two questions:
    1) Green peppers are listed twice. Is one supposed to be red peppers?
    2) Are Edamame beans sold in cans like other beans? Not really sure where to find them…
    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Will rate once I do.