Confetti Crunch Salad

Confetti Crunch Salad // @HealthyDelish

I’ve been making variations on this chickpea salad for years – along with my mayo free potato salad, it’s my go-to recipe to take on picnics and bring to potlucks. It’s simple, healthy, and always a crowd pleaser. I can’t believe I’ve never posted it before! I recently told someone I’d send them a link, but sure enough… it didn’t exist. That needed problem obviously to be rectified immediately.

The salad has evolved over the years, but the base always remains the same – chickpeas, artichoke hearts, cucumber, red onion, and red bell pepper. This summer I’m really into adding tons of celery and and a hand full of kale. Together, they add so much crunch! I can’t get enough.

Confetti Crunch Salad // @HealthyDelish

Chop everything up and pour on tons of dressing – I like to use Marzetti® Light Caesar Vinaigrette. The vinaigrette has all of the flavors of caesar dressing, but in a tangy red wine base. The flavor is perfect with the chickpeas and artichoke hearts. Unfortunately, it can be a little tricky to find but you can use this product locator  to see if any stores in your area carry it (It’s shelf stable, but I usually find it on a display in the produce section) If you can’t find the vinaigrette  in your local grocery stores, you can always opt for a  creamier recipe with Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Caesar Dressing or Light Caesar.

Let the salad chill out in the fridge for an hour or so to let all of the flavors meld together. The chilling step is crucial – the salad completely transforms in that hour and goes from being kind of blah to being totally awesome.

That’s all there is to it! It’s so easy, but seriously delicious. I could eat a big late of it on it’s own and be perfectly happy, but it’s also great as a side dish.

Confetti Crunch Salad // @HealthyDelish

Confetti Crunch Salad
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 6-8
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • ½ seedless cucumber
  • ½ small red onion
  • 4 kale leaves
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (8.5 ounces) artichoke heart quarters, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped herbs (I like a combination of oregano and mint)
  • ¾ cup Marzetti® Light Caesar Vinaigrette
  1. Cut the celery, pepper, cucumber, and onion into a ¼ inch dice. You should end up with about 1 cup celery, 1 cup cucumber, and ¼ cup onion.
  2. Discard the tough kale stems. Cut the kale into shreds, then roughly chop.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve chilled.

Disclosure: I have been invited to participate in a Marzetti® ambassador program. This post is sponsored by Marzetti and product has been provided by them. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Thank you for helping support the brands that keep me inspired in the kitchen.


  1. Your photos are gorgeous, and this salad looks delicious. The dressing sounds wonderful. I’m going to have to try this recipe.

  2. YUMMY! I love this salad and especially that you added some artichoke hearts too!

  3. What a delicious salad. Love all the flavors and crunch.

  4. Shirley says:

    Wish this recipe didn’t have products, like the dressing, that are only available in your country. Some of your followers aren’t from the US. Also, I prefer not to use bottled dressing on anything since they have too many weird ingredients and tons of sodium and they just don’t taste as good as scratch dressing.
    Anyway, it would be wonderful if the dressing could be homemade. Thanks for your blog.

  5. Oh my gosh. Healthy salad for the win!!!

  6. Love healthy salads

  7. I’ve always had sort of a love/hate relationship with chickpeas. I adore hummus but actual chickpeas have always sort of weirded me out. But I think I could absolutely eat this salad!

  8. This does sound like perfect picnic food! I love chickpeas :)

  9. I am totally adding this to my healthy meal plan for next week! I am in love this salad!

  10. I kinda have a little going with chick peas! Love this girl.

  11. I could eat this every day!

  12. Ginny McMeans says:

    What a hearty salad. This would be so satisfying and filling for a summer meal.

  13. This salad shall be my lunch tomorrow. :)

  14. Hello healthy lunch! Love that it’s packed with so much healthy goodness.

  15. CHICKPEAS! Sorry, I get sooo excited when I see a chickpea in anything! This looks delicious!

  16. I often wonder if I am the only one in the world that sn’t nuts for chick peas. My brother loves them (and hummus) and he’d love this salad.

  17. All those crunchies definitely make for a great salad!!

  18. Lauren, gorgeous salad!!! love this! Now that I’m back from vacation, I’ll be eating salads non-stop!! I ate too much junk while I was away! love this :)

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