This is one of my favorite summertime meals and yes, it is definitely a meal! You can add soup or bread, but it’s not needed. When I was a kid, my Dad would grow fresh chickpeas and we would eat them right from the vine. Luckily, there were plenty more that we dried and cooked to make recipes like this one. This Mediterranean Diet recipe is best made when there is an abundance of fresh basil. When you make the dressing, I recommend adding the amount you want. There will be extra dressing! It will last 4 or 5 days in the fridge and improves over time. Nutritionally, you are loading up with anti-inflammatory foods, omega 3’s, antioxidants, protein, and fiber. Enjoy!