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Tasty Chickpea Noodle Salad

October 19, 2021

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Tasty Chickpea Noodle Salad

This salad is refreshing and cooling in nature. The lemon expels heat in the body and brings down inflammation, the sesame seeds are good for the blood and are a great source of fiber. Chickpeas are chalked full of fiber which is insoluble and that means they are very good for your digestive health.

Tasty Chickpea Soba noodle salad

This salad is refreshing, cooling and is easy to digest. I highly recommend this salad for all the ladies that are having hot flashes and night sweats. It is simple to prepare and it is wonderful for those days that you don't feel like cooking.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 4
Author: Jeanette Davison


  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 bunch chives
  • 1 bunch arugula
  • 1 package Soba buckweat noodles of course you can substitute with gluten free noodles
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • pinch Maldon smoked sea salt


  • boil a pot of hot water and add the soba needles once the water has come to a boil. You need to be very careful because overcooking these noodles is easy to do and then they become gummy and stick together. I would cook them for 2.5 minutes and then plunge them into cold water. I prefer these noodles cold, they have a silky and nutty flavour.
  • Cut up the red pepper into tiny cubes and add the can of chickpeas, chives and arugula to a large bowl. I recommend that you rinse the chickpeas.
  • Squeeze the whole lemon into the red pepper mixture and add a sprinkle of smokey Maldon salt and stir it all together
  • Add the soba noodles to the bowl and stir together with the olive oil
  • sprinkle with sesame seeds and lemon zest of the whole lemon
  • A helpful tip is to taste it, you might need to add some more olive oil or lemon depending on the amount of ingredients and your pallette. If you are feeling a bit irritated and moody add more lemon it helps to move the liver energy.


Those who want to hear it from a Chinese medicine point of view
This salad is very cooling and is good for women who are menopausal and having hot flashes or night sweats or for anyone who would like to cool down. The soba noodles are made from buckwheat which is cooling and strengthens the spleen. Chickpeas strengthen the kidneys and the spleen and lemon expels heat and is good for the liver. This is a go-to salad for me in the summer when it is really hot outside. 

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