Side Dishes

garbanzo, dill, and cucumber salad for a day at the beach

Despite living walking distance from Lake Michigan for my entire life, I rarely carve out a day just to be a beach bum because I’m not very good at sitting still. But with the long holiday weekend and beautiful weather in Chicago, I made it a point to put together a little beach foodie feast, throw on some SPF 100 and head to the lake to just relax.

Pretty much all of my summer salads have mayo in them – but I know mayo + hot summer sun don’t play nice together, so I threw this refreshing little salad together to take with us to the beach. Super simple, only a few ingredients, and delicious!


2 15 oz cans garbanzo beans
1 whole cucumber, skinned and chopped
1/4 cup minced red onion
2 tbs chopped fresh dill
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup virgin olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons

**Next time I make this I’m throwing in feta cheese too…mmmmmm.

Toss all ingredients together, put in a sand proof container, head to the beach – EAT!


Here is the rest of our beach spread – just some meats, cheeses, olives and caramelized pecans. YUM.


And perfect summer beer of course.


I think I could get used to this.


9 thoughts on “garbanzo, dill, and cucumber salad for a day at the beach

    1. Thanks Cheryl! You know, we were actually too pooped, so went home and smoked some ribs instead! Still a great day! Hope you had a great 4th. 🙂

  1. It is amazing how a day on the beach can be so draining isn’t it? There’s a lot of prep involved too. Not sure how people go to the beach and sit there all week long. Hence the reason we moved to the mountains. 🙂
    The salad sounds like a great Meatless Monday recipe. I would definitely love the feta cheese included! YUM!!
    Have a great week!

    1. Well you’re reading my mind – because now that I did my one day at the beach, I need to plan a trip to a State Park so I can climb around on rocks and mountains (well more hills around here) – more my speed. 🙂 Thanks Debbie – you have a great week too!

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