Easy Chickpea Salad Recipe

My easy chickpea salad recipe is as delicious as it is fresh and colorful. Try it one time and it will take a spot in your permanent rotation.

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My easy chickpea salad recipe is delicious as it is fresh and colorful. Chickpeas go by several names, including garbanzo beans and Egyptian peas, to name a few. They’re very high in protein and, as such, as a favorite amongst vegans and vegetarians. Chickpeas are essential in Mediterranean cuisine, used in hummus and when dried and ground for falafel.

Chickpeas weren’t something my mother cooked with when I was growing up, and I came across them at the now-canceled Wendy’s Salad Bar! LOL! From there, I learned to make hummus and often used them in the salads I made at home. These days I always have several cans of hand, and I use them in many recipes. 

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I love to eat, garden, travel, and do yin yoga! I make plant-based recipes and photograph them from my 1920’s, remodeled apartment in Rhode Island. I've always loved fresh basil. Put some fresh basil leaves on a piece of cardboard, drizzle on a little olive oil and sea salt, and I'd be tempted to eat it! ❤️

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Chickpea Salad Recipe Ingredients

This bright, healthy chickpea salad is as simple as it is delicious. !

    • Roasted Chickpeas – Chickpeas are the protein-packed base of this salad, and I roast mine to add a bit of crunchy, crispy texture and added flavor.
    • Cucumbers – Cucumbers are crisp, cool, and raw. I use English cucumbers because they have fewer seeds and thinner skins.
    • Cherry tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes are little bursts of sweetness. When they’re in season, I harvest them from my garden. However, they are also available at the market any time of year.
    • Fresh dill – The feathery green leaves of the dill herb plant have a bright, sweet flavor—somewhere between parsley and celery. And fresh dill smells and looks terrific.
    • Red onions – Red onions have deep purple skin and, when used raw, are slightly sweet. Because of their color, they make a colorful addition to any salad.
    • Fresh juice – Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds zest and zing to your chickpea salad and balances with the other flavors, especially the red onions.
    • Extra-virgin olive oil – Olive oil adds a deep, earthy flavor to any salad, and this chickpea salad is no exception.
    • Sea Salt – Sea salt makes all the flavors pop!
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How to Make Chickpea Salad

Bright and delicious this chickpea salad goes together in less than 15 minutes.

    • Drain and roast the chickpeas – Thoroughly drain them, and I don’t remove the skins – it’s just too time-consuming. Then roast them, as in my roasted chickpea recipe, and allow them to cool once removed from the oven.
    • Cut up your fresh vegetables – This includes the English cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and red onions. I didn’t roast my cherry tomatoes for this recipe, but you can by following my roasted cherry tomato recipe here. 
    • Add the above ingredients to a bowl – Combine the roasted chickpeas and the fresh vegetables, and you want the ingredients evenly spread out. 
    • Add fresh lemon juice – Stir the lemon juice in with a spoon and evenly coat all the ingredients
    • Rough chop the fresh dill – This is my favorite part! I LOVE the smell of fresh dill, and, as such, I don’t mind chopping it up. Leave some larger feathery sprigs for another use. 
    • Add salt – Combine all the ingredients and sprinkle in several pinches of sea salt 
    • And, “Voila!” you have your easy chickpea salad endlessly versatile, healthy, bright, and delicious. 

Chickpea Salad Variations

This chickpea salad is endlessly versatile. Here are some variations..

    • Add vegan mayonnaise or aioli – Adding my homemade vegan aioli or mayonnaise makes this chickpea salad more creamy and amps up the flavor!
    • Add mustard – I often add dijon mustard which adds a tangy, sharp, and slightly sweet flavor.
    • Switch out the dill – Just about any fresh herb works with this easy chickpea recipe. Cilantro is a natural, as is parsley.
    • Add nuts or seeds – I sometimes add pumpkin seeds to this recipe, roasted sesame seeds, or roasted pine nuts.
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How to Use This Easy Chickpea Salad Recipe

This chickpea salad adapts to so many different dishes. Here are a couple of creative uses.

      • Cherry Tomato Couscous Salad I use my easy chickpea salad and combine it here with couscous and other ingredients. It’s fresh and delicious.
      • Chickpea Salad, Avocado, and Fresh Dill Sandwich My chickpea salad recipe is the base of the wildly delicious sandwich made with my homemade vegan load bread.
      • Arugula, Pear, and Chickpea Salad – My chickpea salad recipe is the base of this wonderfully bright and light salad. I serve it with pomegranate vinaigrette for additional flavor.

    If you decide to give this recipe a try, let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.

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    Easy Chickpea Salad Recipe

    Easy Chickpea Salad

    Denise Keniston - Basil Lover
    My easy chickpea salad recipe is as delicious as it is fresh and colorful. Try it one time and it will take a spot in your permanent rotation.
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    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Roasted Chickpeas 20 minutes
    Total Time 30 minutes


    • 2 cups Roasted chickpeas
    • 1/4 cup English cucumber, sliced into quarters
    • 1/3 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced into halves
    • 1/4 cup red onions, diced
    • 1/4 cup fresh dill, rough chopped
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper


    • Prepare crunchy roasted chickpeas
    • Cut up fresh vegetables
    • Rough chop fresh dill
    • Transfer to serving bowl
    • Drizzle on extra-virgin olive oil
    • Add sea salt
    • Add freshly ground black pepper
    • Toss and chill
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