26 July 2011

Kitchen adventures: Chickpea salad

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Food

Actually, I should call this “Lazy Wannabe Greek Chickpea Salad” because I intended to make that recipe (minus the “lazy” and “wannabe”) and failed due to me being overzealous and going to the store without the full recipe.

So in reality, it is a lazy salad and the only Greek ingredient is the Feta. #semirecipefail. Here’s a peek.

I got the original recipe from my super recipe goddess friend Liz, who I shamelessly ask for recipes because she always makes good stuff. Yeah, I’m giving my usual recipe sites a rest this week, and my oven because it’s hot enough already here.

So here is the recipe Liz gave me, which sounds delish. I’ve noted in italics where I substituted or added items.

Greek Chickpea Salad

  • 1/2 small red onion sliced (No onion for me but I think this would be a really tasty addition)
  • 2 TBL spoons lemon juice
  • 2 TBL spoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices ( I used sugar snap peas)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup feta
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, roughly chopped (Did not include this)
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh parsley (Did not use, still mourning the loss of my Basil plant)
  • Added 1/3 cup couscous (makes 1 cup cooked)

In a large bowl, combine onion, lemon juice & olive oil, season w salt and pepper.  Toss well and let sit 5 minutes.  Add cucumber, tomatoes, feta, chickpeas, & parsley, and season w salt and pepper. Toss to combine.


SO GOOD. I have to admit, I didn’t know what to expect. I’m not a big bean fan but since I like hummus, I figured chickpeas were safe and now, I’m a fan. The combo of lemon juice, EVOO and Feta worked really well together and it tasted light and refreshing, which was exactly what I wanted. The chickpeas were tender too, and a friend said that steaming them is another great prep tip, I’ll try that next time. I do wish I would have added the onion but the sugar snap peas were really tasty and added a nice sweetness to the dish too. I will absolutely make this again and try to a) follow the original recipe and b) experiment with some other ingredients and beans too!

What are your favorite recipes to make when it’s hot out?


  1. Chickpeas are SO GOOD, and I am going to have to give this salad a shot… your version or the original! Because it sounds delicious either way!

  2. katelin says:

    i could eat chickpeas every single day, just so delicious. and this looks all sorts of tasty. mmmm.

  3. Lil' Woman says:

    That looks good…I’m not a foodie type person but I see your pics and I start drooling a bit.

  4. that looks really good- i love chickpeas! i would not put red onion but other than that- yum! ;)

  5. I made a similar salad on Monday! A fun tip—dry the chickpeas, toss them in curry powder and oliver oil, and cook them in the oven till crispy! Toss with the couscous and caramelized onions –toss in some red pepper—So yum!

  6. I make a very similar meal to this several times a week. LOVE me some chickpeas. They were on for $0.50 the other day at my grocery store, you can bet I stocked up :)

  7. I love chickpeas and feta, so this sounds like an absolute win in my book!

  8. A Super Girl says:

    I LOVE chickpeas. This week I’m posting one of my fave recipes using them (a simple salad), but I swear, they’re one of the things I buy every time I’m at the grocery store. Healthy AND tasty!

  9. mandy says:

    This sounds really good. I am a sucker for Caprese salad when its hot out. Its just so fresh and delicious. I just saw a recipe tonight that added pasta and balsamic vinaigrette.