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Chickpea Salad Recipe

Chickpea Salad is loaded with crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado and feta cheese. The fresh lemon dressing adds the Mediterranean flavors of classic Greek Salad.

Chickpea salad is easy to make and comes together fast. It’s perfect for lunch since chickpeas are protein packed and leave you feeling satisfied for hours. We also love to serve garbanzo bean salad with roasted red potatoes and pork tenderloin for dinner.

Chickpea Salad Recipe in a bowl with avocados, tomatoes, chickpeas and feta cheese

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Chickpea Salad or Garbanzo Bean Salad?

Chickpeas are the same thing as garbanzo beans and can be used interchangeably in this recipe. They are known as chickpeas in the US and Garbanzo beans in Europe.

What are chickpeas? Chickpeas are peach colored round legumes or seed pods and part of the pea family. They have a satisfying nutty flavor. Use canned drained chickpeas or cook your own.

Chickpeas and garbanzo beans tossed with tomatoes, avocados, cucumber and red onion

Are Chickpeas good for you?

Chickpeas are a very healthy food and are a perfect way to add plant based protein to salad.

  • Chickpeas add great protein and fiber to this salad.
  • They are also rich in iron, zinc, phosphorus and B vitamins.
  • Experts say chickpeas may help with weight loss*
  • Chickpeas help with blood sugar control,* (the starch in chickpeas is digested slowly resulting in stabilized sugar levels).

chickpea salad ingredients with healthy chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, avocado, cilantro and feta cheese

What is a Good Cilantro Substitute?

Cilantro (coriander) has fresh, vibrant and distinctive flavor and you either love it or you don’t. If you don’t enjoy the flavor of cilantro, you can substitute with other fresh herbs such as finely chopped fresh parsley, chives, dill, or a combination of fresh herbs, adding them to taste. Dried herbs could be used if necessary but fresh is best.

chickpea salad with cilantro (or substitute for cilantro) in bowl

Is this a Make-Ahead Salad?

Leftover chickpea salad is great for meal prep because it keeps really well in the refrigerator for a couple of days. The lemon juice prevents browning in the avocados and the taste only gets better as the flavors meld in the refrigerator. To store, cover with plastic wrap directly over the surface of the salad and refrigerate the leftover portion. Add the salt just before serving to prevent softening of the cucumbers and tomatoes.

Make Ahead Chickpea Salad tossed together with lemon dressing in salad bowl

More High Protein Salads:

Chickpeas make this a feel-good, protein packed, and satisfying salad. We love salads with protein because they keep you full for hours.

Chickpea Salad Recipe

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Chickpea Salad with Chickpeas or garbanzo beans, avocado, cucumber, tomato and feta cheese
Chickpea Salad loaded with crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, feta cheese and chickpeas or garbanzo beans. Fresh, healthy and protein packed!
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$10
Keyword: chickpea salad, garbanzo bean salad
Calories: 302 kcal
Servings: 6 as a side salad


  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice from 1 large lemon
  • 1 garlic clove pressed or minced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 English Cucumber halved and sliced
  • 15 oz chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 4 oz feta cheese diced


  1. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl: 3 Tbsp olive oil, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 pressed garlic clove, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper and whisk to combine (or shake them together in a small mason jar).  

  2. Combine remaining chickpea salad ingredients in a salad bowl, add dressing to taste (we used all of it) and toss to coat. 

Nutrition Facts
Chickpea Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 418mg 17%
Potassium 556mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 6g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 8.5%
Vitamin C 21.9%
Calcium 14.6%
Iron 15.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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*Sources for chickpeas weight loss and blood sugar control information from Healthline and Dr. Axe.


Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Diane King
    March 10, 2019

    This does sound very good. I am wondering if the whole salad is not consumed and its left over till the next day. Does the avocado turn brown? Reply

    • Natasha
      March 11, 2019

      Hi Diane, this does keep well. Please see the section that says “Is this a Make-Ahead Salad?” closer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post. I hope you love the chickpea salad! Reply

  • Christine
    March 9, 2019

    This salad has become a favourite in our home. It is absolutely delicious and the oil/lemon juice dressing gives it such a refreshing “light” taste. I sometimes add a cup of cooked quinoa for a more complete meal. YumYum!! Thanks for the fantastic recipe Natasha!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • Donna
    March 5, 2019

    Delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 5, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Lesly Clarke
    March 3, 2019

    What can I sub cucumbers with, can’t stands ’em. Reply

    • Natasha
      March 4, 2019

      Hi Lesly, yes you can substitute with a different vegetable. That is the beauty of this recipe – the dressing makes it very versatile. I hope you enjoy this chickpea salad! Reply

  • Magali
    March 2, 2019

    Hello Natasha,
    Thank you so much Natasha for the tasty and easy recipie. Is so helpfull for my son’s health. If you have other suggestions. My son needs the omega 3… Thank you!!! Reply

  • Cristina Sanchez
    March 1, 2019

    Yesterday I made this salad, I had a chicken to roast and I didn’t know with what, then in my inbox I found this!! Oh my goodness!!!!!I I had everything except cucumber, so I rush to the store to buy one only, tomorrow I go to Costco where I always get them. This salas was the best, I love all your salads, but this one was sooo good!!!My family loved it!!!!! Thanks Natasha, Blessing for you and your family!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 1, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Cristina. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • Jocelyn
    March 1, 2019

    I love the addition of chick peas in this awesome salad! It was the perfect side to our grilled chicken! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 1, 2019

      That’s so great, Jocelyn! Thank you for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Mia
    February 28, 2019

    Hi Natasha,

    Love all of your recipes. I was wondering if you could post more vegan/vegetarian recipes. I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you and all the best. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2019

      Thank you for that suggestion! I’m so happy you are enjoying our recipes, Mia! Reply

  • Alex
    February 28, 2019

    Just made this – and roasted the chickpeas with some rosemary and thyme…took it to a whole other level! Delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Stephanie
    February 28, 2019

    I love making new salad recipes and this one was fantastic, thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that, Stephanie! Thank you for sharing your awesome review with us! Reply

  • Sabrina
    February 28, 2019

    I’m loving how beautiful this salad is! So vibrant and full of color. Makes me want to dig right in! Reply

  • Allyson Zea
    February 28, 2019

    I make a similar version all the time and it’s so good! Going to try yours next! Reply

    • Natasha
      February 28, 2019

      That’s awesome!! Chickpeas are so fun in salad. It’s no wonder they have become so popular in recent years. I hope you love this recipe! Reply

  • Tara
    February 28, 2019

    I adore every single ingredient in this recipe. So yummy!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      February 28, 2019

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks Tara! I hope this becomes a new favorite salad for you 🙂 Reply

  • February 27, 2019

    I love how every salad recipe I’ve seen from you has avocado. Haha, it’s my favorite green! You wouldn’t happen to be from California, would you? Reply

    • Natasha
      February 27, 2019

      ha ha! That is awesome! I’m so glad to meet a fellow avocado lover ;). I grew up in Seattle but my husband is from California and we are both obsessed with avocados as you can tell 😉 Reply

  • Victoria
    February 26, 2019

    Can feta be substituted with any other cheese? Reply

    • Natasha
      February 26, 2019

      Hi Victoria, yes, you could use fresh mozarella diced up or in the little balls would work really well and look pretty also. You could leave the cheese out as well, just keep in mind feta does have a salty bite to it so the salad might need a little more salt if you swap it out. Reply

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