Healthy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

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Easy and delicious this healthy Mediterranean chickpea salad is perfect for whenever you are craving a refreshing summer salad. Loaded with bright flavors, tender and nutty chickpeas, crunchy vegetables, and salty chopped olives this is the ultimate summer salad. It’s perfect for a light appetizer with pita chips or served as an easy dinner side dish. 

Side view of garbanzo bean salad in a bowl.

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This light and hearty chickpea salad is the perfect accompaniment to any summer meal. Because it’s made with chickpeas which are naturally filling and loaded with fiber, this easy summer salad will keep you full for hours. We often love to enjoy this salad with crackers as an easy appetizer or light lunch on the weekends or throughout the week, but it would be excellent served with roasted lamb, beef, or burgers as a delicious side salad. 

In the summertime any excuse to NOT turn on the oven is well appreciated, so summer salads are on repeat! This simple chickpea salad is loaded with flavor and great to meal prep at the beginning of the week so it can last you for several days. Even if you aren’t a fan of chickpeas this chickpea cucumber and tomato salad is sure to change your mind!

Bean salad in a bowl with a spoon.

If you are looking for more summer salads check out these family favorites!

Recipe Ingredients

Chickpea Salad Ingredients Infographic.

Chickpeas – Also known as garbanzo beans. You can use canned drained chickpeas or cook them from scratch on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker.

Chopped Vegetables – Cucumber, red onion, red bell pepper, and tomato. 

Olives – I really feel like the olives are what take this chickpea salad to the next level. I used a mix of kalamata olives and green olives marinated in olive oil and herbs. We love this giant bag of olives and also these Sicilican Valley olives – both are our favorite go-to brands. 

Fresh herbs – Freshly chopped or torn basil adds a nice brightness and herby freshness to this salad. I also like to add fresh or dried thyme as well for added flavor. 

Olive oil To make a light salad dressing and to add healthy fats to this vegan salad.

Lemon juice – I love the brightness and flavor that freshly squeezed lemon juice adds to this salad. It is also a nice complement to all the other fresh flavors.

Salt and pepper – Season to taste.

How to Make Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

All ingredients, measurements, and instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step one. Into a large bowl add cooked chickpeas, chopped veggies, fresh herbs, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Stir to combine. 

Step two.Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Allow your chickpea salad to chill for at least 30 minutes or serve immediately with pita chips or alongside your favorite roasted meat or main dish. Enjoy!

Chickpea salad in a bowl.

How To Prepare Chickpeas for Salad

I always cook my chickpeas from scratch either on the stovetop or my Instant Pot. On the stove it takes them at least 2 hours to cook, so more times than not I cook them in the Instant Pot which takes 35 – 40 minutes. Either way, you want the beans to be tender but not mushy or to the point where they are falling apart. 

Variations

  • This is a vegan chickpea salad but feel free to add salted dry cottage cheese or crumbled feta cheese, both would be delicious.
  • Switch out the chickpeas for black beans if you prefer!
  • For a more Mediterranean feel, add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and use red wine vinegar instead of lemon juice. 
  • Use more or less of the vegetables used in this recipe or swap in or add your favorites. 
  • Use fresh parsley or cilantro in addition to the basil and thyme or in place of it. 
  • Add a pinch of red crushed pepper flakes if you want a little kick of heat. 
  • Creamy avocado for added fat and flavor.
  • Arugula or your favorite leafy greens.
Bean salad in a bowl with a spoon.

Recommended Tools

Instant pot or pressure cooker for cooking the garbanzo beans from scratch

Large mixing bowl

Sharp knife and cutting mat

Glass storage containers

Ways to serve this summer chickpea salad

How To Store/ Make Ahead

Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 – 5 days. 

Make ahead. To make this salad ahead of time, store chopped veggies and chickpeas in separate storage containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. You can prep the olive oil and lemon juice dressing ahead as well by storing it in a separate jar with the salt and pepper. Don’t add salt to the veggies beforehand otherwise, they will start to release their juices. When you are ready to serve simply toss everything together. 

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Side view of garbanzo bean salad in a bowl.

Healthy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Easy and delicious this healthy Mediterranean chickpea salad is perfect for whenever you are craving a refreshing summer salad.  It's perfect for a light appetizer with pita chips or served as an easy dinner side dish. 
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 - 6
Author: Tonya | The Midwest Kitchen Blog

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup chickpeas cooked
  • ½ large cucumber 1 cup chopped
  • ½ large red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • ½ cup mixed olives sliced in half
  • ¼ cup red onion sliced
  • Few leaves of fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional
  • Few sprigs of fresh thyme or ¼ teaspoon of dried thyme

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl combine all the ingredients together. Gently mixing with a spoon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve right away or allow it to chill for at least 30 minutes, then enjoy with pita chips or alongside your favorite main dish. Enjoy!

Notes

Store leftovers in the an air tight container in the refrigerator for up 3 - 5 days. 
Make ahead. To make this salad ahead of time, store chopped veggies and chickpeas in separate storage containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. You can prep the olive oil and lemon juice dressing ahead as well by storing it in a separate jar with the salt and pepper. Don’t add salt to the veggies beforehand otherwise they will start to release their juices. When you are ready to serve simply toss everything together.

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