Mediterranean Chickpea Salad (10 Minutes)
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is a healthy, quick, easy summer salad packed with fresh and delicious ingredients. It’s a bright and nourishing dish ready in 10 minutes or less. Perfect for lunches, picnics, and gatherings all season!
And to be honest, I love this salad so much; it’s never only relegated to summer.
Suppose you’re looking for a healthy and refreshing meal packed with flavor. In that case, you will love this Mediterranean chickpea salad—a delicious blending of fresh vegetables, chickpeas, and flavorful herbs, tossed with lemon vinaigrette.
You can serve this easy-to-make salad immediately or make it ahead and store it in the refrigerator. Perfect for quick and convenient meals for work and school lunches, picnics, potlucks, or a dinner side dish with grilled meats or fish.
What to Love About Chickpea Salad
One of the things I love about this Mediterranean chickpea salad is its versatility. You can customize ingredients to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs.
If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can eliminate the feta cheese or use a plant-based alternative. Or, make it spicy by adding some chopped jalapenos or red pepper flakes.
You can also substitute other vegetables like avocado, carrots, or zucchini to add more nutrients and texture.
Health Benefits of Chickpeas
Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are a staple ingredient in many Mediterranean dishes. They are a great source of plant-based protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, making them an excellent addition to any salad.
Chickpeas also contain essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, and potassium, which are important for maintaining a healthy diet.
How to Make Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
This chickpea salad takes me about 10 minutes to make, and sometimes, even quicker. One of the shortcuts I often use to prep this salad is an inexpensive vegetable chopper with a larger chopping grid. If you don’t have one handy, a quick chop with a kitchen knife also does the trick.
Begin by chopping the cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, and red onion, and set aside.
Then, rinse the canned chickpeas and toss them with the rest of the ingredients. Drizzle your favorite lemon vinaigrette over the top (use as much or little as you prefer), and then toss with crumbled feta cheese and fresh herbs again. Season with salt and pepper to taste… and it’s ready!
Is Chickpea Salad Healthy?
Absolutely! This salad is not only delicious but also very nutritious. It’s a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that can help improve your overall health. The fiber in chickpeas can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
The vegetables in the salad provide a wide range of nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium. And the olive oil in the dressing is a healthy fat that can help reduce inflammation and improve brain function.
Serving Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Chickpea salad is so delicious and versatile that there are endless ways to serve it. Here are a few ideas:
- Light Lunch Salad: This salad is perfect for lunches for both work and school. It keeps well and is easy to make ahead!
- Summer Side Dish: Perfect for grilling parties, patio dining, or a Greek night at home. I love to serve this healthy salad with Greek Chicken Souvlaki or Beef Kofta, a Lebanese Street Food. But it’s equally delicious with Lemon Chicken Thighs too!
- Pita: For a heartier meal, it’s delicious tucked inside a pita too!
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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad (10 Minutes)
- 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas , drained and rinsed
- 1 English cucumber sliced or chopped
- 1 bell pepper diced
- 1/4 cup red onion chopped
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes , halved
- 1/2 cup olives , pitted and halved (optional)
- 4 oz feta cheese , crumbled
- 1/4 cup fresh herbs , chopped (like parsley, oregano, basil, or your favorite)
- Lemon Vinaigrette , tossed with salad
- Add chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and cherry tomatoes to a large mixing bowl.
- Pour lemon vinaigrette over the salad and toss gently. Sprinkle feta and fresh herbs over the salad, and give it one more gently stir.
- Transfer the salad to a large serving bowl and enjoy!
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