Greek Chickpea Salad

Loaded with fresh veggies and tossed in a light homemade dressing, this tasty vegetarian Greek Chickpea Salad makes healthy eating a breeze!

Loaded with fresh veggies and tossed in a light homemade dressing, this tasty vegetarian Greek Chickpea Salad makes healthy eating a breeze! Let's get Mediterranean!

I’m kind of a nut when it comes to veggies.

I’ll pretty much do anything for a bite of tall, dark and GREEN! Or yellow… red… orange…

The second I spotted this colorful bowl-o-veggies at a local Mediterranean restaurant I knew I had to have it. I’m a sucker for a healthy plate full of whole food goodness and hoped their greek chickpea salad tasted as good as it looked.

Spoiler altert: It was TO. DIE. FOR. So good might have licked the plate clean…

So naturally I re-created it at home!

Let’s get Mediterranean!

Loaded with fresh veggies and tossed in a light homemade dressing, this tasty vegetarian Greek Chickpea Salad makes healthy eating a breeze! Let's get Mediterranean!

 Greek Chickpea Salad

This recipe serves a crowd! Bring it along to your next picnic, party, or potluck or halve the recipes for a more manageable serving, perfect as a side dish with dinner or a healthy weekday lunch. It’s super portable and sure to rock your socks off!

Loaded with fresh veggies and tossed in a light homemade dressing, this tasty vegetarian Greek Chickpea Salad makes healthy eating a breeze! Let's get Mediterranean!

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Greek Chickpea Salad

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Yield 6-8 servings

Loaded with fresh veggies and tossed in a light homemade dressing, this tasty vegetarian Greek Chickpea Salad makes healthy eating a breeze!

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of chickpeas
  • 2 cups chopped bell pepper or sweet mini pepper
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 avocado

uber easy mediterranean marinade/dressing:

  • 2.5 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 3 TBSP quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp lemon juice (squeezed from 1 large or two small lemon)
  • 1/2-1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2-1 tsp parsley plus extra to garnish
  • 1/2 tsp dried crushed oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt, extra to taste if desired
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill

optional extra: crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  2. Chop your peppers, tomato, and cucumber, and toss them in a bowl.
  3. Combine all dressing ingredients in a separate container and either shake or whisk to incorporate. Pour over salad and toss to combine. 
  4. Pop the bowl in the fridge, covered, for a few hours to let the fabulous flavors of the marinade get better acquainted with your veggies or enjoy right away.
  5. Peel and chop avocado just before serving, and add to the salad. I like to toss my avocado in a little lemon juice with a drizzle of olive oil to prevent it from browning.

Courses Salad

Cuisine Mediterranean

Bring on the veggies!

Loaded with fresh veggies and tossed in a light homemade dressing, this tasty vegetarian Greek Chickpea Salad makes healthy eating a breeze! Let's get Mediterranean!

special diets and swaps

  • Brontosaurus Chefs It’s fabulously vegan!  Enjoy as is or pair with falafel/hummus
  • T-Rex Chefs if you try to add meat to this salad I will fight you!  You can, however, pair this dish with shish kebabs or grilled chicken. Totally approved!
  • Gluten-Free? FAB! So is this salad!

so . . . how was it?!

I never get tired of answering this question… IT WAS SO FLIPPING GOOD! It’s tasty chilled but I think it tastes absolutely best at room temperature (somehow the flavors are more amplified this way) and really can’t get enough of it like this.

This refreshing dish is great as a side dish or as a stand-alone lunch. You can toss them over a crisp green salad, serve it alongside a fluffy pita sandwich, or even turn it into a greek platter by adding grape leaves, hummus, tzatziki sauce, falafel, pita wedges and even a big ole pile of olives. Just keep the olives to yourself.  I’m still terrified of them.

The über tasty dressing in this recipe is also amaaaaazing over greens or even mixed into pasta salad! Have fun with it! You guys are going to LOVE this zesty greek chickpea salad; I just know it!

Loaded with fresh veggies and tossed in a light homemade dressing, this tasty vegetarian Greek Chickpea Salad makes healthy eating a breeze!

Loaded with fresh veggies and tossed in a light homemade dressing, this tasty vegetarian Greek Chickpea Salad makes healthy eating a breeze! Let's get Mediterranean!

Crazy for feta? Feel free to add some on top!

If you get a chance to try this healthy greek chickpea salad, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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  • Taryn

    This salad is so refreshing on a hot day! It is perfect for a summer bbq. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Alyssa

    These flavors!! So so good. I could eat this every day!

  • Renee

    What a protein packed and delicious salad! It’s perfect for summer entertaining.

  • Ashok

    Would love to try this out, can you please recommend an appropriate dressing for this? I am new to salads and don’t know what I am doing.

    Thanks

    • Hi Ashok! The dressing recipe is next to the salad on the recipe card and tastes great with this salad! You could also use your favorite Greek-style dressing here and it would be wonderful.

  • Ann

    Can you list the nutritional percentages on this dish as we are only allowed so many carbs per meal.

    • Absolutely Ann! It will vary a bit if any ingredients are changed so just pop any changes into your favorite calculator or hand calculate any extras and you’re good to go! I calculated this without the optional feta so just check the nutrition facts on the cheese if you decide to sprinkle some on top.

      8 serving calculations per MyFitnessPal.com…

      172 calories per serving + 9 grams fat + 6 grams fiber + 5 grams protein + 20 grams carbohydrate (which came out to 7% daily value) — the carbohydrates are mostly from the chickpeas so if you’d like to tweak this you can even try the dish with extra veggies and less legumes! Hope this helps! XO

  • Emily

    This is amazing. I am vegan and made a huge batch of this at the beginning of the week for my work lunches. Added a little bit of brown rice and was amazing. thank you!

    • Love the addition of brown rice, Emily! Thank you! 🙂

  • Donna

    The whole family loved this recipe. I thought I made enough for 2 meals, but not one bite was left. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • So happy to hear it Donna, thank you! 🙂

  • Sam

    Delicious! Very very good lightweight summer meal or side.
    BUT, DOUBLE the salt (i.e. 1 tsp)!
    The dressing was amazing once I did this, otherwise it will be pretty bland.

    Don’t forget the recommended feta cheese topping (mentioned at the very end)!

    Thank you for the terrific recipe!

    • Super glad you enjoyed it Sam, thank you! 🙂

  • David-glee

    I love that white bowl of yours it’s gorgeous i so want it

  • Thanks Maria! Totally make the salad! It’s super addictive and tastes great with just about everything! =) xoooo

  • Maria MacDonald

    I’m kind of a slut for ethinc cuisine?!! OMG!! You’re hilarious!! I love it!! We love chickpeas at my house and always looking for some new way to use them in a recipe. Gonna have to try this one out…looks fab btw! Thx for sharing 🙂

  • OHMYGOD CAT REMEMBERED TO ADD HER FREAKING EMAIL!

    Thanks hooker.

    And I got a really odd visual of that… Hmm… Though I envisioned a goat covered in hummus.

  • Cat @ Breakfast to Bed

    chickpea salad makes me want to make out with random middle eastern men.

  • I hope you fall head over heels with it like I did! Thanks Sue!

  • sue

    I love chickpeas and always looking for new alternatives.Going to try this one for sure. I can tell before I even make it,  it’s right up our alley.Thanks. sue

  • Truptineel

     lovely treat

  • Ahhh nice to meet you!!!! =) and thank you!! What branch are you kids in?

  • Sadies

    I just came across your site from I <3  Being a Military Spouse and I am sooo very excited to start trying your recipes!!

  • Thank you!!! Glad you’re also team chickpea =) xoxo

  • baconandkids

    Love it!  Chickpeas are one of my favorite things to eat.  Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe. 🙂

  • I don’t have it calculated yet but it’s super healthy! I use grape seed oil for the fat in the dish and not all of it even ends up on the chickpeas at the end so it’s a light and flavorful =)

  • Ranumt

    I am making this as I type! You don’t happen to have any nutritional values do you?

  • I love chick peas! This looks so good, I must try it.

  • oh the snot.. bahahaha! thanks love!

  • I’m not a pretty crier either…red face, snot, the whole 9 yards….anyway, this looks delish. Pinned!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    I love me some chickpeas! I also don’t really like a lot of chain restaurants either.  I feel like the food is not fresh and it’s so fattening!

  • Looks yummy!  I love chickpeas.

  • Oh I definitely will! Hoping to make it this weekend. 🙂

  • Yum! “Keep the olives to yourself”–you are a woman after my own heart! lol.

  • RavieNomNoms

    This is definitely my kind of salad! I love salads that have beans in them 🙂

  • Peggy Garbe

    This chickpea salad looks so good!  I could easily fall in love with it =)

  • Kim Bee

    Love this so much. The color is fab and it looks positively delish.

  • Ali

    definitely want to try it!

  • This salad is so pretty and I would love to have that last platter in front of me now.

  • I’m a total chain restaurant avoider (except for Panera and others in that vein!). Love this recipe -will try it this weekend!

  • Delish! I love me a good chickpea salad. And I love your Mediterranean plate idea!

  • I miss orlando! And good hummus is totally worth its weight in GOLD! <3

  • The Single Nester

    How funny that you have this recipe today!  I was just in Orlando on business and we ate at a restaurant called Taverna Opa.  They had the most amazing hummus.  I love chick peas.

  • I have had a ton of hummus fails too! Haha this is way way easier =) You can even use a pre-made greek/italian dressing in a pinch — though the one I posed here is super simple too! Hope you give chickpeas another shot! xoxo

  • Yen Vu

    I don’t cook
    with chickpeas and the one time I tried to make hummus I failed…it was so bad I
    never got back on the horse. However this salad looks soo good and simple to
    make, maybe I’ll give it a try again. Especially since summer is coming it
    would make a great addition to the bbq. Thanks for the recipe!

  • LOVE Baba Gannouj (is that how you spell it?). My husband and I discovered it at the wilmington mall and have made a couple trips down there just to eat at it! Best mall food ever!

  • Thanks Kati!!! Let me know if you end up making it — I think I’ve had it 3 days in a row now and *adore* it! =)

  • Ohmygosh girl they are soooo good! Though I *will* hack all their recipes if it kills me! Haha its much cheaper at home 😉

  • This looks so bright and cheery! And I absolutely adore chickpeas – definitely one of my favorite fiber rich eats. I can’t wait to try this recipe at home. 

  • That recipe sounds Wonderful, Jenn…but I need to find that chain!  Oh, my gosh, I could probably bring a cot and live there!!  Thanks for the recipe, sweetie!

  • This looks so delicious!! I love chickpeas and I’m totally the same about wanting to try out local joints instead of chain restaurants. Can’t wait to try this salad.

  • I love love LOOOOVE Baba Gannouj! And I love their chickpea salad! Totally going to have to try out this recipe. 🙂

  • Oh Jenn! Per usual you have me laughing. I am a recent lover of chickpeas…did the whole I like hummus, but not chickpeas thing for awhile until I realized that I was kidding myself and I love the little guys. 

    PS I am making a restaurant recreation tonight. If it turns out as good as the restaurants it will def be a Monday Meal Share!!!

  • My brain isn’t safe for work. I apologize =)

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Haha – I read the first line in Reader and thought “is this safe for work?” 🙂

    Love this.  Chickpeas are my favorite salad base!

  • Bailey

    I think you and I are twins. I HATE chain resturants and love hole in the walls.  Veggies are my fav- living in Germany, with a meat eating family is seriously really really hard. AND, olives are not my thing.  I will be making this recipes asap!

  • Green girl in wisconsin

     I’m with you on boycotting the chains–so many good restaurants owned locally–why buy overpriced food straight off the Sysco truck?

  • Jaren Smith

    I hate it when my friends argue about going to restaurants with healthier options. Anyways, that recipe looks delicious! 

  • Oh YUM – this looks fresh and delicious! (I don’t like Chilis either) I’ll avoid chain restaurants with you anytime, girl. 🙂

  • God bless a chickpea. If I come visit you, can we make this?

  • I’m with you on being anti-chain restaurants.  🙂

  • This sounds delightful! I can’t wait to give it a try! 

  • Sounds yummy! I enjoy chickpeas but never make them on my own, even canned.  Maybe I ought to try… 

  • Can I go out to eat at restaurants with you, like, ALWAYS?  I do the same thing – which sometimes sucks being in college and all anyone ever wants to eat is pizza and ice cream and fried things.  I need more veg-foodie friends!
    This chickpea salad looks fantastic – light bean salads are one of my favorite summer veg dishes.

  • There is just something about Taco Bell that makes it taste so good! I totally agree with you on your chain restaurants! I dislike most, but T Bell and Panera are always welcome.

  • I ADORE chickpea salads.  LOVE. 

  • I’m not a fan of olives, either. 😉  And this looks super yummy!  What are some of your favorites at Panera?  I’m curious what a veggie-lover usually gets!

  • Yum! This looks like a good addition to any summer picnic, especially for my vegan friends. . . and me! 🙂

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