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"Electric Relaxation" 15-minute Chickpea Salad: Perfect For a Quick and Healthy Meal!

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This chickpea salad recipe is healthy, flavorful, plus quick and easy to make – perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!

The leftovers taste just as good the next day, making it perfect for meal prep. Whether you're looking for a delicious and nutritious salad to bring to a potluck or cookout, or simply want a healthy and flavorful meal to add to your weekly rotation, this chickpea salad recipe is sure to please!

This is a recipe of flavor and convenience. I used canned chickpeas and paired them with pomegranate seeds, olives, fresh herbs, etc. for a Persian inspired bean based salad. It's got flavor, color, and texture making it a triple threat side dish.

chickpea salad with pomegranate seeds in white bowl

Beats and Eats (music to pair with chickpea salad)

This salad is a Summertime go to recipe for lunch. A fun classic jam is in order as a song pairing. For me that's straight-up A Tribe Called Quest's "Electric Relaxation."

Chickpea Salad Recipe Ingredients

  • Kalamata Olives
  • Canned Chickpeas
  • Cucumber
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Feta Cheese
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Lime Juice
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Urfa Chili Flakes
  • Aleppo Pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper

How To Make Chickpea Salad (Step by Step)

Make the Vinaigrette

Mix the salad dressing ingredients (Urfa chili flakes, Aleppo pepper, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper) together in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.

Prepare the Salad

Drain the chickpeas and set aside

In a large mixing bowl add the dry salad ingredients (chickpeas, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers) except for the cheese. Mix well. Add the dressing and toss gently. Add in the pomegranate seeds and feta and mix a bit more.

Let the salad rest and then serve. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro. Finish with freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!

Consideration and Tips For Making This Bean Salad

Drain the canned chickpeas well before adding them to the salad to remove any excess salt.

If you prefer to use dried or frozen chickpeas - when cooking them, be sure to add enough water to cover them completely. You'll also want to add a pinch of salt to the water to help them cook evenly. Once they're done cooking, drain them well and let them cool before adding them to the salad.

This salad can be served cold or at room temperature. It's best if made ahead and allowed to sit for a few hours so that the flavors have a chance to meld together.

Chickpeas are a versatile and healthy ingredient that work well in this salad recipe. They are a good source of protein and fiber, and they add a nice texture and flavor to the salad.

Urfa chili flakes add a delicious smoky heat to this salad. If you can't find Urfa chili flakes, you can substitute with other chili flakes like slightly ground dried Mexican chilis (ancho, guajillo, pasilla).

The dressing also works with fresh lemon juice in place of the limes.

Aleppo pepper is a type of chili pepper that originates from Syria. It has a mild heat level and a distinct, slightly fruity flavor that adds a distinct flavor to the dressing and salad.

This salad makes for a great side dish salad. However, you can add a protein to it to make it more of a main dish. I like to add seafood like a calamari steak grilled, sliced and served on top. Grilled chicken, as well as shrimp, also pairs well.

chickpea salad with pomegranate seeds in white bowl

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Making A Chickpea Salad

Q: Can I substitute the feta cheese for another type of cheese?

A: Yes, you could substitute feta cheese with goat cheese or mozzarella.

Q: How long will this salad keep in the fridge?

A: This salad will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you're meal prepping, I recommend storing the dressing separately from the salad so that the salad doesn't get soggy.

Q: Can I make this great salad with other beans?

A: Yes this simple recipe works with other beans like cannellini beans or navy beans.

Q: What are other good toppings or add-ons for this chickpea salad recipe?

A: I like adding fresh veggies like red bell peppers, green onions, or black olives.

For similar recipes try these:

Black eyed Pea Salad with Crawfish

Grilled Romaine Salad

Smoked Tomato Salad

Smashed Cucumber Salad

Southwestern Corn Salad

Chickpea salad is a delicious, healthy dish that is perfect for any occasion. It’s easy to make and can be tailored to fit your own taste preferences. Give it a try for lunch today!

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chickpea salad with pomegranate seeds in white bowl

Quick and Easy Chickpea Salad

This chickpea salad recipe is healthy, flavorful, plus quick and easy to make – perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Kalamata Olives halved
  • 13 oz Canned Chickpeas
  • 1 medium Cucumber peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • ½ cup Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • 2 oz Feta Cheese crumbled
  • ¼ cup Fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • 1 Lime Juiced
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Urfa Chili Flakes
  • ½ teaspoon Aleppo Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions

Make the Vinaigrette

  • Mix the salad dressing ingredients (Urfa chili flakes, Aleppo pepper, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper) together in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.

Prepare the Salad

  • Drain the chickpeas and set aside
  • In a large mixing bowl add the dry salad ingredients (chickpeas, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers) except for the cheese. Mix well. Add the dressing and toss gently. Add in the pomegranate seeds and feta and mix a bit more.
  • Let the salad rest and then serve. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro. Finish with freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!

Notes

Drain the canned chickpeas well before adding them to the salad to remove any excess salt.
If you prefer to use dried or frozen chickpeas - when cooking them, be sure to add enough water to cover them completely. You'll also want to add a pinch of salt to the water to help them cook evenly. Once they're done cooking, drain them well and let them cool before adding them to the salad.
This salad can be served cold or at room temperature. It's best if made ahead and allowed to sit for a few hours so that the flavors have a chance to meld together.
Chickpeas are a versatile and healthy ingredient that work well in this salad recipe. They are a good source of protein and fiber, and they add a nice texture and flavor to the salad.
Urfa chili flakes add a delicious smoky heat to this salad. If you can't find Urfa chili flakes, you can substitute with other chili flakes like slightly ground dried Mexican chilis (ancho, guajillo, pasilla).
The dressing also works with fresh lemon juice in place of the limes.
Aleppo pepper is a type of chili pepper that originates from Syria. It has a mild heat level and a distinct, slightly fruity flavor that adds a distinct flavor to the dressing and salad.
This salad makes for a great side dish salad. However, you can add a protein to it to make it more of a main dish. I like to add seafood like a calamari steak grilled, sliced and served on top. Grilled chicken, as well as shrimp, also pairs well.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 766mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 534IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg
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