Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

As much as I’d like to consider myself far too self assured and breezy to ever go through a mid-life crisis, my behavior every single July for the past 20+ years would suggest otherwise. Without fail, at some point during the month, I look at the calendar and FREAK OUT that summer is gone. Dramatic much? Fortunately, this fresh, definitively summery Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is here to convince me otherwise.

Healthy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with feta, cucumber, bell peppers, and a simple Greek dressing. Fast, easy recipe that’s perfect for a summer barbecue side dish or a main dish salad for a light dinner. {vegetarian, gluten free, vegan friendly} Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is an easy, healthy, edible reminder that summer ain’t over yet.

It doesn’t just celebrate the present moment. It flaunts it.

Made with bell peppers of all colors, fresh herbs, and crisp cucumber—all ingredients that are hitting their summer prime—every bite reminds me that instead of burning my precious time and energy having a “midsummer crisis,” I should direct it towards appreciating the summer goodness that’s surrounding me right here, right now.

Healthy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with Feta, Cucumber, and Greek dressing. Fast, easy, and absolutely delicious! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Did that stop me from impulsively checking the paddle tavern schedule for openings approximately 45 seconds after writing that last sentence? Of course not.

I am, however, making progress, one bite of Mediterranean Chickpea Salad at a time.

Easy and healthy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with crunchy fresh veggies, creamy feta, and a simple Greek dressing. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

This easy chickpea salad is one of those glorious, no-cook summer meals that hardly needs a recipe. I took a collection of ingredients that I often associate with the Mediterranean (and the really good Greek salad from my favorite Mediterranean restaurant back home) and combined them into one rainbow bowl of seasonal glory.

Bell peppers of all colors! Crisp cucumber! Creamy feta cheese! Hearty chickpeas! It’s a wheel of fresh, healthy ingredients that, while tasty on their own, are even better enjoyed together.

The chickpea salad dressing is a 30-second red wine vinaigrette that you can shake together right in a mason jar. Theatrical overhead pour optional but encouraged.

Chopped Greek Chickpea Salad with Feta, Cucumber, and Greek dressing. An easy, healthy recipe that’s perfect for summer parties and light dinners. (Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Vegan friendly) Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

This Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is sturdy and can last in the refrigerator for several days. It works well as a side dish (it tastes great at room temperature, making it an ideal option for barbecues and potlucks), is filling enough for a light lunch, and can be repurposed for a variety of different meals throughout the week.

Easy and healthy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with Feta, Cucumber, Bell Pepper, and Red Onion. Perfect for easy entertaining, light summer meals, and picnics or barbecues. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

After enjoying this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad on its own, I munched the leftovers a few different ways. I had it top of salad greens with grilled chicken, tucked it inside pita bread with avocado and a smear of Greek yogurt, and snitched bites directly from the fridge whenever I needed a little reminder that summer isn’t going anywhere just yet.

For a step-by-step of how to make this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad, watch this short recipe video:

If you like this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad, be sure to check out my Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Burgers and Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Chickpea Salad.

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Recipe for healthy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with feta, cucumber, and bell peppers. Quick, easy, and delicious! Serve for a simple side or light main.

Yield: about 12 cups (8 small or 6 large sides)

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion (about 1/2 small)
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans reduced-sodium chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (about 1 bunch)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 large seedless cucumber, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta (about 4 ounces)

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place the onions in a bowl of cool water and let them soak while you prepare the other ingredients (this removes the harsher bite from the onions, while still giving great flavor).
  2. Place the chickpeas, parsley, bell peppers, cucumber, and feta in a large serving bowl.
  3. In a small mixing bowl or large measuring cup, stir together the dressing ingredients: olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Drain the red onions and add them to the chickpea mixture, then pour the dressing over the top. Toss to combine. If time allows, let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or enjoy immediately.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Serving ideas: This salad is lovely as is, but to transform it into a main dish, try it stuffed inside pita pockets with hummus and mashed avocado or add grilled chicken and serve it over salad greens with an extra squire of lemon juice and drizzle of olive oil.
All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (of 8), about 1 1/2 cups

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 169 Calories
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 3mg
  • Sodium: 466mg
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Protein: 9g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

29 comments

  1. I agree,  in July I get that “OMG Summer’s leaving soon” vibe too!  But thankfully the fresh flavors in this summery salad makes it stay a little longer :)

  2. Heather Christo Reply

    I love this!! Its so fresh!

  3. Sounds like we’re having the same freak out. Lol. This salad will definitely keep Summer firmly planted in my mind…and kitchen!

  4. My favorite salad!

  5. If summer is that fleeting, maybe you need to live in a place where it’s summer for at least 6 month every year (I’m talking far west Texas, NOT Florida).  That means you can enjoy this salad even longer…   :-)

  6. I remember last year I was celebrating it was almost over because texas is SOOO hot! But now that we are in utah, I am with you on the summer all year long! and this salad! GORGEOUS!

  7. Lexi @Lexi'scleankitchen Reply

    LOVE the flavor combinations in this salad!! I have had some chickpeas lying around forever and cannot wait to try this!! Such a perfect Summer side-dish!

  8. Can’t wait to make it! sounds so refreshing!

  9. SO fresh and colorful!

  10. Hi Erin I can’t wait to male this salad,  it looks delicious. Summer is  here, I don’t get much time, I am catching up slowly. Thank you for sharing lots of love to you and your family Margaret H. Xo

    • Margaret, I hope you enjoy it! Thank you so much for this sweet comment—all the best to you and yours too!

  11. Major nom alert here!! Gimme the whole bowl :)

  12. Yum, this looks fantastic! I can imagine what a great combination of flavors and textures this has! It would be the perfect dish to bring to a BBQ or potluck! Thanks for another great recipe, Erin!

  13. This is my kind of salad! i’m a chickpea lover and anything Mediterranean is my go-to int he summertime :)

  14. kentuckylady717 Reply

    Yum, the chick pea salad looks so good….I sure want to make this….need to get all the ingredients first tho .
    Haven’t been on here in a long time, missed so many of your recipes…and now they all are gone….some I did save, but I had lots of emails not opened and they were deleted….so now I will have to start all over.Love your recipe Erin…..

    When I make it and try it, I will try to come back and rate it if I don’t forget….but I’m saying right now I’d give it a5* even without making it LOL…..I love chick peas anyway you make them except roast….those I did not care for…..but I add them to my soups, in my chili . in my salads. and just get out a dish and eat them by themselves….and I love Hummus too…..so I am a chick pea fan….

    • This recipe is definitely for chickpea fans like you! Thanks so much for your kind comment, and I hope you enjoy this salad!

  15. I feel that way about summer ending too! I could eat this salad every single day :)

  16. Bobbie M Warehime Reply

    I fixed this wonderful salad tonight & my husband & i loved it. Not only tasty but good for you. Bet I’ll be making more than once in awhile.

    Rating: 5
    • Bobbie, thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the salad.

  17. So so good! Everyone loved it. Will definitely make again and again!

    Rating: 5
    • Woohoo! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the salad! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this great review.

  18. I made this dish for a wine and cheese party.
    It was a huge success…..it is absolutely delicious.
    It is very nutritious and easy to make.
    I will make it many times.

    Rating: 5
    • I’m so glad to hear this recipe was a hit! Thank you so much for trying it and taking the time to share this awesome review.

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