This Chickpea Salad features light and bright flavors thanks to the juicy tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, sharp onions, and the crunch from the carrots, all mixed with the perfect vinaigrette-based dressing for a deliciously light touch. It's the perfect side dish for any meal, and is incredibly healthy too!
Chickpea salad is a delicious and nutritious dish made with cooked chickpeas, vegetables, herbs, and a flavorful dressing. It’s a great way to get your daily dose of fiber and protein while also enjoying the flavors of fresh vegetables. Chickpea salads can be served as a side dish to just about any meal for the perfect flavor boost.
My recipe for chickpea salad features the perfect combination and proportion of veggies for an extra fresh flavor, and the dressing is light yet incredibly delicious so that you can enjoy this salad whenever you want guilt-free! It's a protein-packed, vegan salad that you're going to absolutely love I'm sure of it!
🥘 INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED
You need staple pantry ingredients to make this delicious and nutritious salad at home. Let's take a look at what these are:
You can scroll down to the recipe card for further details and instructions.
Chickpeas: First, we'll need chickpeas to make our chickpea salad. You can either go for canned chickpeas or boil them yourself.
Veggies: We'll need delicious veggies to add to our salad. My recipe calls for tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, carrots, and black olives. They add various flavors, textures, and colors.
Olive oil: Our salad dressing will be light and flavorful, so we'll use some olive oil to make the vinaigrette.
Lemon juice: To add the perfect acidity level, we'll add freshly squeezed lemon juice to our dressing.
🔪 HOW TO MAKE
This Chicken Salad is incredibly easy to make and is all about throwing the ingredients together once they're prepped. Let's look at how to make it step by step.
The full instructions are in the recipe card below, but let's look at the main steps to making this salad.
Start by chopping all the vegetables and set them aside.
If you are using canned chickpeas, drain them and rinse them with water.
Whisk together the dressing ingredients.
Now mix all the ingredients with the dressing and serve cold.
💭 COOKING TIPS
Making a delicious chickpea salad is easy and requires minimal effort. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your dish:
- Use fresh ingredients whenever possible. Canned chickpeas can be used in a pinch, but they won’t have the same flavor as freshly cooked ones.
- Make sure to rinse them well before using them to remove any excess salt or preservatives.
- Add plenty of vegetables for a nutritious and flavorful salad. The proportions are perfect but feel free to add some more if you like.
- This salad tastes even better when it has gotten the chance to chill in the fridge for an hour.
📖 DELICIOUS VARIATIONS
The flavors of this salad are absolutely delicious and I'm sure you're going to love them. But if you're looking to change things up, here are a few ideas you can try:
Herbs: To change things up, you can add some dried oregano, parsley, or even a little basil as it will all work great in this salad.
Veggies: If you'd like, you can also add some chopped bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, peppers, and other veggies that you like to this salad as everything works beautifully with the flavor of chickpeas.
Beans: You can also add any other beans you may like, such as kidney beans, lima beans, and black beans to add more protein and make it even more filling.
💬 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Chickpea salad is a delicious and nutritious dish made with cooked chickpeas, fresh vegetables, herbs, and a flavorful dressing. It's an easy-to-make vegan meal that can be served as a side dish or main course. The combination of flavors and textures makes it a great choice for lunch or dinner.
Yes! Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are also low in fat and calories, making them an excellent choice for those looking to maintain a healthy weight. Chickpeas can help reduce cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar levels, and even improve digestion.
Yes, canned chickpeas are pre-cooked and ready to use. They can be used in a variety of recipes, including salads, soups, stews, curries, and more. Just make sure to rinse them well before using them to remove any excess salt or preservatives.
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Fridge: You can easily store any leftovers you may have in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 days.
Freezer: I don't recommend freezing this salad as it will greatly alter the texture of the veggies we've used.
Chickpea Salad Recipe and Simple Dressing
- 1 cup chickpeas
- 1 medium tomato chopped
- 1 medium cucumber chopped
- ⅓ cup black olives pitted
- 1 green onion chopped
- 1 medium carrot chopped
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Salt to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Chop the vegetables.
- If you are using canned chickpeas, drain it and rinse it with water.
- Whisk the dressing ingredients together.
- Mix all ingredients together with the dressing and serve cold.
- You can add more vegetables to this salad.
- If you are serving this salad as a meal, then the serving is only for two people, not three.
- You can serve this salad with toasted pita bread.