Enjoy a delicious pumpkin and chickpea salad for the cold season, especially to warm the body and fill us with energy.

A fantastic salad with a difference the whole family will love, even people who tell you they don’t like chickpeas will love it. I haven’t had anyone tell me this salad isn’t great and ask for the recipe.

Chickpeas belong to the legume family, which includes a variety of beans, peanuts, soybeans, and lentils. Choosing legumes over foods high in saturated fat could lower your risk of heart disease, according to the Linus Pauling Institute . Chickpeas also offer specific health benefits, and consuming them regularly increases your intake of some key nutrients.


Medicinal properties of chickpeas

The high content of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6, along with the lack of cholesterol found in chickpeas, all support heart health. Chickpeas contain significant amounts of fiber, which helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood, which lowers the risk of heart disease. Due to their high fiber content, chickpeas help prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

Pumpkin and Chickpea Salad


  • 1/2 pumpkin cut into pieces.
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced.
  • 400 g of washed chickpeas.
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander.
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin.
  • 250 g of bacon slices.
  • 1 pinch of fresh coriander * to serve.
  • 1 tablespoon sesame soy salad dressing.


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Lightly butter a large roasting pan.
  2. Combine the squash, 2 tablespoons oil, ground coriander, and cumin in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer to the prepared skillet. Roast for 20 minutes or until squash is tender, then cool.
  4. Dice the bacon and fry until crisp.
  5. Combine the squash, chickpeas, bacon, onion, and chopped cilantro in a large bowl.
  6. Lightly coat with soy sauce, sesame, and ginger.
  7. Add fresh coriander leaves before serving.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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