A delicious chickpea salad with veggies and a mild yet flavorful dressing. This is a basic vegan and gluten free salad with chickpeas which you can build in so many ways.
In this salad, chickpeas are combined with crispy cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries and all tossed in a super flavorful lemon dressing! Perfect summer side dish!
A Chickpea Salad So Good!
What is a good salad for you? For me best salads are made of season’s fresh produce, has a perfect balance of flavors, varied textures and a just right dressing. This homemade chickpea salad fits the bill perfectly!
I love chickpea for its versatility. I always have soaked and drained chickpeas handy.
Making protein paced salad is a child’s play when you soaked chickpeas. To that you add gorgeous fresh and crisp summer produce and there you have a winner 🙂
During summer when there is a bounty of fresh produce, I always fix quick salads for lunch.
Crispy cucumber and juicy tomatoes just make anything so good right? In this chickpea salad recipe we also have season’s best strawberries come to act 🙂
This is such a wonderful and versatile salad that you can build in so many ways.
Just add whatever you have in hand. No strawberries, just leave it out. Have perfectly ripe avocado handy?, throw it in, it will be so good.
Be sure to check my notes for all the variations you can make with this recipe.
This garbanzo bean salad is so good on it own as a light summer meal. Easy to make, vegan and gluten free power packed!
This Chickpea Salad Is
Delicious with varied textures
loaded with fresh summer produce
So easy to make
perfect side dish for summer grill.
best source for plant protein
vegan and gluten free
colorful & vibrant for kids.
Ingredients You Will Need
Chickpeas– Chickpeas are healthy legume from the pea or bean family. Chickpeas as they are called in USA are also known as garbanzo beans in UK and other European countries.
These are what we call kabuli channa or safed channa. The same ones used for chole.
I always soak dry chickpeas and cook them. You can also use canned chickpeas for making this salad quickly. In this recipe you can also use kala channa or black chickpeas.
Veggies & Fruits– Any salad vegetable you fancy. Think in season fresh produce in various colors here. I have used cubed English cucumbers, salad tomatoes, sweet onions, strawberries and green peppers.
Few more choices that would go well in this salad are zucchini, colored peppers, avocado, raw and ripe mangoes, papaya, pomegranate, broccoli (steamed).
Chickpea salad dressing– The dressing for this salad super simple yet very delicious. It is a mix of lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, freshly cracked back pepper, finely chopped chilies, salt and a bot of brown sugar.
I don’t like to drench my salads in dressing. The dressing here is just enough to coat the ingredients and still retain their crunch and texture.
Variations & Recipe Notes
To make this salad more satiating you can add crumbled feta cheese as in this watermelon feta salad.
You can add some kalamata olives for a different flavor.
Some toasted bread pieces or croutons will be a good addition.
Add a handful of al dente pasta for more substantial meal.
Instead of pepper powder you can add zartar, sumac or any other spice.
Add a splash of good vinegar for more zing in the dressing.
Refrigerate the salad for few hours before serving to deepen the flavor.
How To Make Chickpea Salad
Prep your veggies first by rinsing, peeling if needed and combine them in a bowl. I have used sliced strawberries, cubed cucumbers, onions, halved salad tomatoes and green peppers.
Add cooked chickpeas to the veggies.
In a small bowl combine the ingredients for dressing. I have used extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, finely chopped green chilies, freshly cracked peppercorns, brown sugar and salt.
Pour the dressing over the prepped salad and toss well.
Serve chickpea salad as side with your favorite grilled dishes or as main meal with a piece of bread.
More Salad Recipes
I hope you will try this chickpea salad recipe and enjoy as much as we did.
Easy Chickpea Salad
- 1 cup dried chickpeas around 2 cups cooked
- 1/4 cup chopped onions
- 1/4 cup cubed cucumbers
- 1/4 cup cubed green peppers
- 1/2 cup halved salad or cherry tomatoes
- 12 strawberries, sliced
For chickpea salad dressing
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tableespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black peppercorns
- 2 green chilies, finely sliced
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- salt to taste
- Prep your veggies first by rinsing, peeling if needed and combine them in a bowl. I have used sliced strawberries, cubed cucumbers, onions, halved salad tomatoes and green peppers.
- Add cooked chickpeas to the veggies.
- In a small bowl combine the ingredients for dressing. I have used extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, finely chopped green chilies, freshly cracked peppercorns, brown sugar and salt.
- Pour the dressing over the prepped salad and toss well.
- Serve chickpea salad as side with your favorite grilled dishes or as main meal with a piece of bread.
- Instead of lemon juice you can add orange juice.
- The recipe can be doubled.