This Roasted Chickpea Salad is the perfect light and healthy summertime salad! Crispy, crunchy, and zesty, this roasted chickpea salad is a delicious way to add some exciting flavors to your meal. With this quick and easy salad, you'll be able to enjoy a satisfying yet nutritious meal, this salad is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
You'll be obsessed with this Chickpea Salad, super charged in flavor from roasted chickpeas tossed with garlic and peppers. Sometimes served warm, when the roasted chickpeas come out of the oven and are mixed with the veggies, it's the perfect temperature to serve right away.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Fast - only take 15 minutes to prepare, with flavorful and easy roasting instructions
- Healthy - Chickpeas are full of fibre, protein (great for vegans) and low GI to keep you feeling full for longer
- Adaptable - served warm and cold, with many variation ideas to make this your own
- Mediterranean - perfect to enjoy alongside your Greek Meze Feast
What are Chickpeas?
Chickpeas are part of the legumes family and are also commonly known as Garbanzo Beans. Enjoyed in the Mediterranean for thousands of years. Traditionally dried for easy storage, but every grocery store sells them in cans ready to use. Used in soups, stews, salads, and most famously in Hummus.
Ingredients You'll Need
- Chickpeas - or Garbanzo Beans
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil - fruity for best flavor
- Red Pepper - finely diced
- Fresh Cilantro - chopped, including the stems
- Garlic - minced for a flavorful kick
- Lemon - adds fresh flavor and acid to balance out oil
Chickpea Salad Variations
This is a super easy salad, full of protein and flavor that's filling. However, you can mix it and add your favorite vegetables. Here are great suggestions.
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Garden Salad - Romaine, Arugula, or Spring Mix
- Long English Cucumber
Recipe Tips and FAQs
- Crispy Chickpeas - for crispier Chickpeas, keep in oven for 15-20 minutes for a crispier crunch in your salad
- Spice It Up - add your favorite Mediterranean spices - like Zaatar, Cumin or Sumac
- Add Cheese - toss through cubed feta cheese
- Italian Dressing - for extra zest, add Italian dressing
- Garlic Substitute - if you don't like garlic, substitute with finely diced red onion, or add both to your salad!
Are Chickpeas Bland?
Chickpeas on their own can taste bland and need flavor. This Chickpea Salad recipe has a fresh garlic kick, with red peppers and cilantro that complements the flavors perfectly.
Can You Prepare Chickpea Salad in Advance?
Yes, if you make the recipe below, it can be made in advance. If you are going to modify it by adding salad or other fresh veggies or feta, toss just before serving.
Place in an airtight container and keep refrigerated. Serve within 3 days.
Salad You've Got to Try!
- Olivier Potato Salad
- Greek Cucumber Salad
- Bell Pepper Salad
- Chicken Cobb Salad
- 7 Bean Salad (perfect for large parties)
- Creamy Asian Style Coleslaw
Chickpea Salad or Garbanzo Bean Salad is a perfect way to boost nutrients and vitamins to your diet. A Mediterranean inspired salad that's healthy as a side salad or a hearty salad for a tasty lunch. Everything tastes better roasted. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
- 1 can Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans
- 4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Red Repper diced
- bunch of Cilantro
- 1 clove Garlic minced
- 1 Juice of a Lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Wash and rinse the canned chickpeas and place on a paper towel to dry. Put the chickpeas in a bowl and toss with the olive oil.
- Place the chickpeas on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Roast in pre-heated oven for 10 minutes.
- While chickpeas are roasting, finely dice the red peppers to the same size as the chickpeas. Chop a bunch of cilantro, including the stems. Mince 1 clove of garlic and add all the vegetables into a bowl.
- Remove the roasted chickpeas from the oven and mix with the chopped vegetables. Pour over any excess oil into the bowl. Squeeze the juice of a lemon and add salt and pepper to taste. Toss and serve.
©PetersFoodAdventures.com *originally posted January 2020, updated April 2023