Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

This Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is my favorite salad to make in the Summer! It’s light, refreshing, healthy and loaded with tons of flavor! This recipe lasts days in the refrigerator and is perfect for meal prep! Gluten free and vegan friendly too!

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad in white bowl with spoon

I love making salads in the summer with fresh fruits and veggies. This is the perfect light lunch when you don’t want something heavy during the warm summer months! The chickpeas make this a substantial lunch or dinner option thanks to the fiber and the protein! This salad will keep you full and satisfied for hours!

Chickpeas also known as garbanzo beans are one of my favorite things to keep in the pantry! They are shelf stable, last for a long time and are a nutrient powerhouse!

For this salad I wanted to incorporate cucumbers and cherry tomatoes which we have a lot of right now in the garden. I loaded this salad up with tons of greek flavors! Tomatoes, olives, red onions, chickpeas and cucumbers are all tossed together with a drizzle of lemon juice and olive oil. It’s light, healthy and uses up a lot of summer vegetables and herbs.

This mediterranean salad takes less than 10 minutes to throw together. Chop up all of the veggies, toss with some lemon juice, olive oil and serve!

This salad makes a wonderful appetizer or side dish. It’s wonderful alongside salmongrilled chicken, shrimp or beef. You can even use this as a dip or salsa! Serve with my homemade tortilla chips or homemade pita chips!

Are Chickpeas Good For You?

Absolutely! Chickpeas are loaded with nine essential amino acids, lots of protein and fiber to help keep you full throughout the day. They are a great option for vegetarians and vegans who need meat free protein sources!

drying canned chickpeas on white kitchen towel

Benefits of Eating Chickpeas

  • Stabilize blood sugar: Chickpeas are low in sugar and are a great food to eat that won’t cause blood sugar to spike.
  • Control cravings: According to The Cleveland Clinic 1 cup of chickpeas is half of the daily fiber your body needs a day! Fiber and protein help you stay full for longer.
  • Help with digestion: Chickpeas are loaded with lots of soluble fiber which help with good bacteria in the gut.

Ingredients

The full ingredient list and measurements are listed in the printable recipe below.

  • Chickpeas: Are a rich source of vitamins, fiber and protein. I love using chickpeas in this recipe however you can substitute cannellini beans or black beans instead.
  • Veggies: Tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion are added.
  • Olives: I like to use black olives however kalamata or green olives can also be used.
  • Herbs: Fresh parsley and basil add tons of fresh flavor to this salad. Dried oregano is also added. Add in fresh if you have it!
  • Lemon juice: Adds a nice tang and acidity to the salad. If you don’t have any lemon juice on hand substitute lime juice, apple cider or red wine vinegar.
  • Olive oil: Along with lemon juice create a light and healthy dressing for the salad.

chickpea salad ingredients in white bowl

How to make Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

This salad only take 10 minutes to make! Simply add all of the ingredients to a medium bowl. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. That’s it! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

tossing chickpea salad in white bowl

Can this be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! I find this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is best served cold. I like to make this salad a day or two ahead to let the flavors develop!

Tips

  • Add cheese! Feel free to add some crumbled feta cheese on top. (Just keep in mind the recipe will not be vegan if you add in cheese)
  • Add nuts! Add some slivered almonds, chopped walnuts, or pine nuts for crunch.
  • Use fresh herbs: Substitute fresh oregano in this salad if you have fresh! I use a couple sprigs of fresh oregano.
  • Use dried herbs: If you don’t have fresh basil or parsley feel free to use dried. Just keep in mind to use 1 tsp of dried herbs for every tablespoon of fresh.
  • Add some heat: For some heat try adding in diced jalapeño or crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Substitute veggies: Use whatever vegetables you have on hand. You can substitute any of the vegetables with red bell pepper, celery or carrots.
  • Serve it with lettuce: This salad is delicious on its own however you can serve this on a bed of romaine, spinach or mixed greens!

Optional Add In’s

  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Fresh Mint
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Quinoa
  • Couscous
  • Hard Boiled Egg

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

This Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is my favorite salad to make in the Summer! It's light, refreshing, healthy and loaded with tons of flavor! This recipe lasts days in the refrigerator and is perfect for meal prep! Gluten free and vegan friendly too!

Ingredients

  • 1 10.5 ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup cucumber diced
  • 1 cup tomato diced
  • 1/2 cup olives diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Images:
  • Add chickpeas, garlic, cucumber, tomato, olives, red onion, parsley, dried oregano, basil, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil to a medium bowl. Toss to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Amount per Serving
Calories
71
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
266
mg
12
%
Potassium
 
125
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
487
IU
10
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
13
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Healthy, Low carb recipes, Snack Recipes, Vegetarian

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  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    This salsa looks so intriguing, Kelly! Awesome flavor combination. So refreshing and yum for a hot day!

  • Sarah

    I am just loving how ultra-fresh and healthy this salsa looks, Kelley! I never would have thought to make my salsa Mediterranean-style, but it’s so genius! Can’t WAIT to try this!

  • Dannii

    Olives in a salsa totally needs to happen this weekend. This would go so well on eggs.

  • Beeta

    Yum! I love the idea of eating this with some homemade pita chips <3 It's so vibrant and fresh – lovely job Kelley!

  • Kelly

    This salsa looks so fresh and flavorful, Kelley! I love the chickpeas, cucumbers and olives that you added in here! Sounds perfect with some pita chips!

  • Joanne

    What a fun play on salsa! I could eat this all on it’s own or as a pita stuffer. So good.

  • Nadia's Healthy Kitchen

    I love the idea of adding chickpeas, olives and parsley! Looks delicious Kelley 😀

  • Cheyanne

    Loving this, girlfriend! Except you call it salsa and I want to call it a meal on its own! 🙂 I love Mediterranean flavors and ingredients so naturally this salsa (or dish? Wink wink), sounds delicious! Super refreshing and totally belongs in my belly! Cheers, girl!

  • Clara Leet

    I’ve never seen a 10.5oz can of chickpeas, only 15oz – is this measurement after the water’s drained? Or is there a certain brand?

    • Hi Clara,

      I use the goya brand which is 10.5 ounces (undrained)

      Thank you!

      Kelley

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