ITALIAN CECI BEAN SALAD is a family favorite that’s fun to say and even more delicious to eat!
Ceci (pronounced chee-chee) beans are simply garbanzo beans or chickpeas. But when my grandma would say, “ceci bean” it made this dish sound so much more exotic.
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She even had special “pasta ceci” bowls that she would only use when she would make her pasta fagioli (which is a pasta and bean soup).
She was always making up words to entertain us so I didn’t even realize that ceci beans were real until I was in my 20’s. I used to think it was just a fun word she made up.
This Italian Ceci Bean Salad was a staple in our family. There was always a bowl of it in my grandma’s fridge. It would make an appearance at every family dinner and it was what you went for when you wanted a snack.
It’s no wonder she always made this salad. It’s so easy to make and keeps forever in the fridge. You can also easily double the recipe to make it for a crowd. And, it’s one of those recipes that tastes 10 times better when you make it a few days ahead of time. The flavors really soak into the ceci beans.
Ceci beans are a great source of protein and fiber. So this salad is perfect for a quick and healthy lunch, too. Sometimes, I even add it on top of a salad. It’s so versatile.
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 16 oz can garbanzo beans drained but not rinsed
- 2 tablespoons minced red onion
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, dried parsley, salt and pepper until combined.
- Add drained garbanzo beans, minced onion and minced parsley.
- Stir until combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
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