Cheddar Chickpea Slaw

Versatile and delicious, this slaw will be a hit at every BBQ, picnic or family reunion; friends and family will ask for seconds…or thirds. This colourful dish is easy to prepare and combines some Canadian favourites, such as crumbled Canadian Aged Cheddar and seasonal fruit.

Created by Chef Ned Bell, Executive Chef

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: about 1½ hours
Stand Time: 1 hour
Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Tips: No time to soak or cook the chickpeas? Simply substitute 5 cups (1.25 L) drained and rinsed canned chickpeas for the dried and reduce salt to 1½ tsp (7 mL).

Substitute green chickpeas with frozen edamame, cooked according to package directions.

This dish is best served warm, but is also a fantastic recipe made ahead of time and chilled for brunch, lunch, side dish or just simple snack on the go.

Variation: Replace stone fruit with fresh raspberries, blueberries or blackberries, and almonds, cashews, walnuts or pecans for the hazelnuts.


  • 2 Cups
    dried chickpeas
  • 2 Cups
    Nature’s Classic fresh green chickpeas thawed and patted dry
  • .5 Cups
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 Cup
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon
    sea salt
  • 1 Teaspoon
    cracked black pepper
  • 2 Cups
    sliced stone fruit (plums, peaches, nectarines or apricots)
  • 1 Cup
    thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1 Cup
    thinly sliced endive
  • 1 Cup
    toasted and crushed hazelnuts
  • 2 Cups
    crumbled or shredded Natural Pastures’ Aged Farmhouse (or Canadian Aged Cheddar)


  1. In a large pot, bring dried chickpeas and 6 cups (1.5 L) of water to boil; boil gently for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour; drain and rinse well. Return chickpeas to pot; add 10 cups (2.5 L) of water and bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat and simmer until tender, 1 to 1½ hours. Drain but do not rinse.

  2. Place warm chickpeas and green chickpeas in a large bowl. Add oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Stir in fruit, cabbage, endive, nuts and cheese; toss to coat.