I am all about Mediterranean flavors during the summer. Give me all the fresh herbs, cold crunchy salads, tangy feta, and chickpea everything! One of my favorite lettuce-less salads this time of year is this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. With fresh dill, juicy summer tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and onions, hearty chickpeas, savory feta, and a simple balsamic vinaigrette, this healthy chickpea salad is a great side dish or plant-based protein option for nearly any meal.
Quick and Easy Summer Chickpea Salad
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are one of my favorite legumes because they are so versatile! They are hearty with a slightly nutty flavor and they are a good source of plant-based protein, fiber, energizing carbohydrates, folate, and iron. Chickpeas are a great addition to grain salads and homemade hummus, but they are the star in this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad!
This recipe is super easy to make, comes together in no time, and is perfect for spring and summer grill outs! The dressing for this chickpea salad is a simple combination of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, dijon mustard, and a touch of salt and pepper. With the quintessential vegetables of summer (tomatoes and cucumbers), this lettuce-less salad has a great crunch, flavor, and tastes even better with time.
Summer salads you will love:
With protein from both the chickpeas and feta cheese; healthy fats from olive oil, energizing carbohydrates from the chickpeas, and fiber and antioxidants from the fresh vegetables, this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is a full, balanced meal in and of itself, but it is also wonderful as a side dish.
If you're planning to serve this healthy chickpea salad dish as a side, I have a few serving suggestions that work well together!
Use is as the protein and dressing for your favorite Greek salad and serve with crackers or pita chips
What's in This Recipe?
Chickpeas – contains plant-based protein, fiber, iron, folate, and resistant starch
Red onion – contains calcium and protein; provides flavor
Cucumbers – contains fiber, vitamins C and K, magnesium, manganese, potassium, antioxidants, and water
Cherry tomatoes – contains fiber, water, and vitamins C and A; rich in the antioxidant lycopene
Extra virgin olive oil – rich in unsaturated fatty acids, linked with lower LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglyceride levels and higher HDL cholesterol levels
Balsamic vinegar – comes from grapes, enhances flavor
Lemon juice – contains vitamin C
Dijon mustard – adds flavor
Seasonings – salt and pepper
Fresh herbs – dill or parsley
Notes: This recipe is naturally gluten free and vegetarian. Omit the feta cheese to make this recipe both dairy free* and vegan*.
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 0 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
1 can (13.5-14 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 tbsp. diced red onion
1 cup chopped cucumber
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp fresh dill or parsley, roughly chopped
1/4 cup crumbled feta*
Add the drained and rinsed chickpeas, onion, and cucumber to a medium sized bowl.
In a small bowl, make the dressing by combining olive oil, balsamic, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Add dressing to chickpea mixture. Stir until ingredients are well coated in dressing.
Add the tomato halves and fresh herbs, and give it one more stir.
Serve immediately or store in the fridge up until 30 minutes before serving. Store any leftovers in the firmed for up to 5 days.