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Healthy and Tasty Chickpea Salad

Are you looking for a light side dish for your next dinner party or cookout? This chickpea salad might be the perfect recipe for you! Full of juicy tomatoes, flavorful avocados, yummy cucumbers and more, this recipe will bring together all of the delicious flavors of summer and make you wish it would last forever. 

Healthy Chickpea Salad

Not only is this chickpea salad delicious, it is also incredibly easy and quick to make! Did I mention that it is packed with protein and will leave you feeling satisfied for hours? That means that it’s not only a wonderful side dish, but it can also pass for a light meal in itself.

Chickpea Salad: A Symphony of Freshness and Flavor

Hey everyone! Today, I’m excited to share an incredible Chickpea Salad recipe that’s as delicious as it is nutritious. Imagine a medley of crunchy chickpeas, vibrant vegetables, and a tangy lemon-olive oil dressing—this salad is all that and more. Perfect for a light lunch, a picnic side, or a healthful snack. Let’s dig in!

Why This Recipe Works

This Chickpea Salad strikes the perfect balance of textures and flavors. Chickpeas provide a hearty, protein-rich base, while an assortment of fresh vegetables lend crunch and color. The olive oil and lemon juice tie everything together, creating a dressing that’s both tangy and rich. Best of all, it’s super easy to whip up and incredibly versatile.

Chickpea Salad FAQs

Can I use canned chickpeas?

Absolutely, canned chickpeas are a convenient choice. Just make sure to rinse and drain them well.

Can I skip the olive oil?

You can, but it adds richness that balances the tanginess of the lemon. For a low-fat option, you could use a yogurt-based dressing.

Is it gluten-free?

Yes, this chickpea salad is naturally gluten-free!

Chickpea Salad

Healthy Chickpea Salad

If you have never had chickpea salad before, you may have some questions about it. Let’s try and answer those for you.

What are chickpeas?

Healthy Chickpea Salad

If you are not yet familiar with them, chickpeas are part of the legume family and are peach in color. They are known to have a nutty flavor that many love. 

Healthy Chickpea Salad

If you think that they look familiar, that’s for good reason. Many people don’t actually know that chickpea is just another name for garbanzo beans. Yes, they are the exact same thing. 

Tips and Tricks

  1. Dicing Consistency: Make sure your veggies are chopped uniformly for a cohesive texture throughout the salad.
  2. Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice is the key to a tangy, vibrant dressing.
  3. Season Well: Don’t skimp on the salt and pepper; they really make the flavors pop.


  • Add Protein: Grilled chicken or tofu can make this a more substantial meal.
  • Switch Up the Herbs: Fresh mint or basil would add a different aromatic profile.
  • Spice it Up: A dash of red pepper flakes can add some heat.

Where to Serve

This Chickpea Salad is incredibly versatile. It’s great for meal prep, BBQs, picnics, or even as a packed lunch for work or school.

Are chickpeas healthy?

Healthy Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas are a great addition to a healthy diet as they are packed with protein and fiber. This is what helps you to stay full and feel satisfied longer, which can prevent you from overeating. 


Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. The flavors actually meld better as it sits!

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Soggy Salad: Avoid this by not over-dressing. Add the dressing just before you serve if planning to store for later.
  • Lack of Flavor: The dressing is your flavor powerhouse. Adjust the lemon juice, salt, and olive oil as needed.

Healthy Chickpea Salad

In addition to the protein and fiber, they are rich in B vitamins, iron, zinc and more.

Is Chickpea Salad a good make-ahead recipe?

Healthy Chickpea Salad

Chickpea salad is a good make-ahead recipe because it keeps very well when stored properly in the refrigerator. The lemon juice keeps the avocados from browning and the flavor holds very well. The fact that it stores so well makes it a great option for meal prep for those who like to prepare their meals in advance. 

Healthy Chickpea Salad

Now that you know all about how delicious, healthy and easy this chickpea salad is, what are you waiting for? This delicious recipe might just become your new favorite. 

Tips for Making this Recipe with Kids

  1. Veggie Chopping: Let the kids help with chopping the softer veggies like tomatoes and cucumbers using kid-safe knives.
  2. Mix and Toss: Kids will have fun mixing all the ingredients together and tossing the salad.
  3. Taste Test: Involve them in the seasoning process, teaching them the importance of balancing flavors.

Topping Options

  • Crumbled Feta: Adds a creamy, salty element.
  • Toasted Nuts: Almonds or walnuts would give a delightful crunch.
  • Avocado Slices: For added creaminess and a dose of healthy fats.

There you have it! This Chickpea Salad is a nutritional powerhouse, packed full of fiber, protein, and a host of vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s bursting with fresh flavors that will leave you craving more. It’s one of those easy recipes that make healthy eating an absolute joy. Happy cooking!


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Healthy Chickpea Salad
Yield: 4 servings

Healthy Chickpea Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This delicious and nutritious chickpea salad makes a great side dish or a light main meal. You’ll love the fresh veggies dressed in the lemony dressing.


  • one 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed*
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber (any type you like, I left the skin on but you can peel it)
  • 1 cup of shredded carrot (it was 1 small carrot)
  • ¾ cup red onion
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • ¾ cup of chopped parsley (measured loosely not compacted)
  • ¼ chives, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of salt
  • large pinch of ground black pepper


  1. Chop all of the vegetables. In a large bowl combine the tomato and onions first then add the cucumbers and mix well. Next add the carrots then the parsley and chives and mix until well combined. Mix in the chickpeas and again stir until well mixed. Set aside.
  2. Pour into a small mason jar the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Tightly close the lid and shake vigorously until the ingredients are well combined. Taste and if necessary adjust the dressing.
  3. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and stir until well combined. You can serve the salad right away or store in the fridge to cool and until ready to use. 


* If you’re using homemade chickpeas the 15 oz can is the equivalent of about 1¾ cup. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 289Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1011mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 11gSugar 11gProtein 12g

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