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This Mediterranean chickpea salad has all the flavors of a classic Greek salad plus hearty chickpeas and fresh herbs. It makes a wonderful light meal or side dish!

Big fan of these flavors? You’ll also enjoy making my Mediterranean Orzo Salad or Easy Greek Pasta Salad next.

bowl of Mediterranean chickpea salad with tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and feta

Why you’ll love it

I can’t resist a salad that’s super simple yet has layers of flavor. Greek salad is delicious on its own, but adding in chickpeas makes it a protein-packed filling meal! This is also a convenient make-ahead salad. It’s great for summer gatherings, meal prep, or work lunches.

Greek salad tastes so good given how ridiculously basic the dressing is. It has a quick vinaigrette that’s made with only a handful of ingredients. The crisp and crunchy fresh veggies and pop of flavor from the herbs make this easy Mediterranean salad special!

What you’ll need

For the salad

  • Chickpeas – aka garbanzo beans, they’re a convenient and inexpensive source of protein
  • Cucumbers – we’re using mini cucumbers (also known as Persian). I like them because they’re a little less watery than English cucumbers.
  • Onion – red onion is the ideal variety for eating raw in salads since it’s less sharp than others
  • Oregano and parsley – our fresh herbs to make this salad shine
  • Red bell peppers and tomatoes – key components to any Greek salad. Get what looks freshest at the grocery store or farmers’ market.
  • Olives – the traditional choice for Greek salad is Kalamata olives for that delicious briny quality
  • Feta – I prefer the cubed kind marinated in herbs and oil for that signature salty, savory taste

For the dressing

  • Olive oil – for the base of the dressing
  • Lemon juice – always use freshly squeezed and never from concentrate
  • Garlic – if you’re a garlic lover, use even more!
  • Salt & pepper – be generous to bring out the flavors

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glass bowl with hearty Mediterranean chickpea salad

How to make Mediterranean chickpea salad

This is an overview, and full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

  • Open the can of chickpeas and drain and rinse them. Add them to a large bowl.
  • Wash, chop, and prep the vegetables and herbs, adding them to the bowl as you go along with the feta and olives.
  • Add the vinaigrette ingredients right into the salad bowl, and toss.

Substitutions and variations

  • As with any salad, you can adjust to your preferences if you’re not a fan of something, but this is a pretty standard set of ingredients for Greek salad.
  • I like feta that’s packed in oil and herbs, but if you’re unable to find that, any feta will do just fine.
  • Fresh tomatoes are best for their bright flavor, but if they’re out of season, try using sun-dried tomatoes instead.
  • Try your best to find Kalamata olives, but black olives will do in a pinch.

What to serve with Greek salad

glass bowl with Greek chickpea salad

Leftovers and storage

  • This Mediterranean salad will keep well in the fridge in an airtight container for 4-5 days. It’s great for meal prep for this reason!
  • If the salad has been sitting out in the sun for a long time, though, you may want to discard the rest for food safety reasons.
close-up of bowl of Mediterranean chickpea salad with wooden salad utensils

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This Mediterranean chickpea salad has all the flavors of a classic Greek salad plus hearty chickpeas and fresh oregano and parsley for an extra pop of flavor. A wonderful light meal or side dish!
5 from 12 votes

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

This Mediterranean chickpea salad has all the flavors of a classic Greek salad plus hearty chickpeas and fresh herbs. It makes a wonderful light meal or side dish!
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 2 mini cucumbers chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup little tomatoes (grape, cherry, etc.) cut into halves
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
  • 3.5 ounces feta (packed in oil & herbs if possible)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Drain & rinse  your chickpeas and add them to a salad bowl.
  • Prep your veggies and herbs, and add them to the salad bowl as you go along.
  • Add the dressing ingredients (olive oil, lemon juice, garlic) right into the salad bowl and toss gently. Taste and adjust as needed (e.g. add more olive oil), and season with salt & pepper.

Notes

  • If you can’t find cubed feta that’s packed in oil and herbs, any feta will work fine. Also, don’t worry about it being exactly 3.5 ounces… that was the size package mine happened to come in.
  • This salad is very flexible… add more or less of any ingredient depending on your preferences and what’s in your fridge.
  • Serves 2-4 depending on what else it’s served with.

Nutrition

Calories: 347kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 558mg, Potassium: 523mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 1111IU, Vitamin C: 29mg, Calcium: 216mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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52 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    In a word, phenomenal. Recipe and amounts as written are perfect but I threw is some additional tomatoes and cucumbers and a few more olives and it was STILL perfect. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 stars
    Holy Cow!!! So easy to toss together, is bright and colorful, packed with nutrients from all the veggies and cheese.

    Will grill some chicken tenderloin to make a light and healthy dinner for spring 2020.

      1. I would take the seeds out of the cucumbers and put those and the tomatoes in day of….I used sundried tomatoes to prevent the sogginess.

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve made this salad about 4 times since saving it a few weeks ago. I made a few changes, I use mixed beans instead of just chickpeas, I added rice vinegar and a splash of hot sauce to the dressing to add more zing. It’s always a hit and so easy to make. Everyone always loves it!

  4. You ought to take part iin a contest for one oof the ggreatest blogs on tthe internet.
    I’m going to recommsnd this blog!

    1. Made it as a side to go with my tomato basil soup and it was soooooo good! Plenty left to take to work as part of my lunches.