Hello! And welcome to Holly’s Cooking Challenge.

This month I will be making an easy Chickpea Salad and I hope you join me!

Cooking Challenge

May 2024 Cooking Challenge

Chickpea Salad

This month I am keeping it simple! You can throw this easy chickpea salad together in 20 minutes and let it sit so it’s ready when you are. With a base of chickpeas, it is hearty enough for lunch or pairs perfectly with grilled chicken for dinner!

Alternate Recipes: Looking for more delicious spring salads? These easy recipes are perfect for adding a fresh, crisp side to your busy weeknights!

  • Cucumber Tomato Salad – this refreshing salad is a spring classic! It is the perfect side dish for your favorite grilled or roasted meat!
  • Easy Greek Salad – packed with fresh vegetables, feta cheese, olives, and an easy homemade dressing, this salad is a spring must-try!

After you make your version of my Chickpea Salad (remember, any variation is fine!), send a picture of your creation to cookingchallenge@spendwithpennies.com.

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  1. Make the recipe of the month (or a variation of it!).
  2. Snap a photo of your creation.
  3. Email photos to cookingchallenge@spendwithpennies.com by the last day of the month at 11:59 PM PST for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

And don’t forget, for a bonus entry, leave a review on the recipe!

Share your recipe photos on social media and tag us at #HollysCookingChallenge
You could be featured in an upcoming post!

Holly’s Cooking Challenge Details

Visit the Holly’s Cooking Challenge page for full details, a list of FAQ, and to check out the previous challenges.

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Last Month’s Challenge

Last month, we made an easy no-bake cheesecake. Seeing all of your creations and how you made them your own was so fun!

And drumroll for the winner of Holly’s April 2024 Cooking Challenge…

Rebecca K.

A slice of no bake cheesecake topped with a cherry sauce on a plate.


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Holly Nilsson is the creator of Spend With Pennies, where she creates easy, comforting recipes made for real life. With a passion for nostalgic flavors and simplified techniques, Holly helps busy home cooks create delicious meals that always work. She is also the author of “Everyday Comfort,” which promises to inspire even more hearty, home-cooked meals.
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