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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and a zesty lemon dressing makes for a refreshing healthy side dish to any meal.

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Fresh, zesty Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is here for all the times you’re looking for a healthy side dish to go with just about anything!

Ideal for hot weather, picnics, barbecues, or any warm weather gathering that necessitates cool, refreshing food, this chickpea salad is a win!

Not only does this easy chickpea salad come together ultra quickly, but it saves well (and tastes even better as it sits!), and is super versatile.

Just add your favorite goodies to cater to your palate!

One of the best things about this recipe is it can easily be scaled up to make a big batch if you’re feeding more than 4 to 6 individuals.

It may just be one of those favorite salads that you go to any time the occasion arises!

Let’s discuss the fresh ingredients needed for this fresh Mediterranean Chickpea Salad.

Horizontal image of garbanzo bean salad in a bowl

Ingredients for Mediterranean Chickpea Salad:

For the Salad: chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), English cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and feta cheese.

This combination of ingredients makes for a light, refreshing, and also flavorful bean salad. You can add additional ingredients such as additional fresh veggies, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, capers, artichoke hearts, green onions, fresh parsley, fresh dill, fresh mint, red pepper, green pepper, creamy avocado etc. to bring an even bigger flavor. You can also incorporate black beans or goat cheese in place of feta.

Just note if you add a lot of extra veggies, you will want to increase the amount of dressing you make as well to accommodate the added volume.

Chickpea Salad Dressing: Avocado oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic, salt, black pepper, and dried oregano yield a zesty, herby simple vinaigrette that is both simple yet fresh and flavorful. 

The avocado oil can easily be replaced with olive oil or vegetable oil, and you can replace the lemon juice with cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, or rice vinegar.

To make this a vegan chickpea salad recipe, simply omit the feta cheese.

And that’s all you need for the best chickpea salad to break out any time you’re looking for healthy recipes for an easy weekday lunch or a great side dish.

top down bowl of chickpea salad

How to Make Mediterranean Chickpea Salad:

Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Transfer the garbanzo beans to a large bowl along with the cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onion and feta cheese.

In a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until everything is well-coated. Taste the chickpea salad for flavor and add more salt, lemon juice or feta cheese to your personal taste.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Leftover salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

If you enjoy the thought of this Greek salad try my Curried Lentil Chickpea Salad for another garbanzo bean salad recipe.

Angled close up shot of garbanzo bean salad in a blue rimmed bowl with a golden spoon.

This easy chickpea salad recipe would be the perfect pairing for Lemon Garlic Baked Chicken Breasts, Perfect Grilled Steak, or Crispy Skillet Salmon.

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Enjoy this light and refreshing Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with any main course!

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Light, refreshing Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is ideal for any warm weather occasion! An excellent healthy side dish to any main course.

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium-sized cucumber, chopped (2 cups)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced (½ cup)
  • ⅔ cup feta cheese

Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice*
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp black prepper
  • ½ tsp dried oregano

Instructions

    Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans and pat them dry with a paper towel.

    colander with chickpeas in it

    Transfer the garbanzo beans to a large bowl along with the cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onion and feta cheese.

    Ingredients for Mediterranean garbanzo bean salad in a large bowl.

    In a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.

    Ingredients for simple vinaigrette in a measuring cup

    Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until everything is well-coated. Taste the chickpea salad for flavor and add more salt, lemon juice or feta cheese to your personal taste.

    Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Leftover salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1 Serving (of 4)
Amount Per Serving Calories 174Total Fat 5gCarbohydrates 22gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 11g
Mediterranean chickpea salad collage

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