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Chickpea Salad

A pretty, colorful vegan Mediterranean chickpea salad for a filling lunch or as a side dish to your grilled meats. Mediterranean chickpea salad in 10 min.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Amira


For the salad:

  • 1 canned chickpeas (15.5 oz) drained and washed.
  • 1 cup red onion diced.
  • 1 1/3 cup cucumber diced.
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato diced.
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced.
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped.

For the dressing:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dry mint
  • 1 teaspoon Salt or to your liking.
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper optional


  • In a bowl, combine veggies and set aside.
  • In an empty jar combine salad dressing ingredients and shake well to combine.
  • Pour dressing over veggies and toss to coat everything well.
  • Let it set for 30 minutes in the fridge before serving.


  • Persian cucumbers work the best for this recipe. They have thin skin and small seeds which make them better than any other.
  • Ripe tomatoes are best used for this recipe, you can use cherry or grape tomatoes as well.
  • Make ahead:
    • This Mediterranean chickpea salad is great for make ahead side dish. Cut the veggies, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 6-8 hours. Pour dressing over and mix before serving preferably by 30 minutes.
    • Leftover chickpea salad can stay in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate, drain any excess juices if you would prefer to.
  • Variations:
    • Swap out the veggies: this recipe is so versatile, you can use any sort of onions instead of red onions, any bell pepper or spice it up and use jalapeño peppers.
    • You may consider adding one or more of these ingredients to play with the recipe more : feta cheese, tofu, tuna or black olives.
  • Serve with :
    • This salad makes a great meatless or vegan meal just add some freshly baked pita bread or flatbread crackers.
    • Works great as a side with grilled meat like shish tawook, shish kebabs, and kofta.


Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1206IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg