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.

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Chickpea Salad Recipe

4.99 from 654 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
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!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

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

Instructions

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

Nutrition Per Serving

302kcal Calories27g Carbs10g Protein17g Fat4g Saturated Fat16mg Cholesterol418mg Sodium556mg Potassium8g Fiber6g Sugar425IU Vitamin A18.1mg Vitamin C146mg Calcium2.8mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Chickpea Salad Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
302
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
17
g
26
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Cholesterol
 
16
mg
5
%
Sodium
 
418
mg
18
%
Potassium
 
556
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
27
g
9
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
10
g
20
%
Vitamin A
 
425
IU
9
%
Vitamin C
 
18.1
mg
22
%
Calcium
 
146
mg
15
%
Iron
 
2.8
mg
16
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chickpea salad, garbanzo bean salad
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 302

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

Natasha Kravchuk

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  • Elle
    May 22, 2024

    This salad is absolutely delicious! I’ve made it with and without cilantro. Both are just scrumptious!! Every recipe I have used from Natasha’s Kitchen has been outstanding! Thank you Natasha. I can always count on you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 22, 2024

      You’re welcome, Elle! I’m so happy you found this salad delicious! I love it also! so good! And thank you for your lovely compliment! I’m smiling big!

      Reply

  • Susan
    May 14, 2024

    Love this recipe and eat it on repeat (minus the cilantro since it tastes like soap to me) but overall 5 out of 5. Just wondering if you know how much 1/6 of the recipe is in terms of cups or grams to track my food. Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 14, 2024

      Sounds good! Feel free to omit the cilantro. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I didn’t really measure it that way but the whole recipe serves 6 as a side salad.

      Reply

  • Angela
    May 14, 2024

    I was looking at recipes for a Mediterranean chick pea salad, there are many versions. I chose this one because of the amount of 5 star reviews and having the ingredients on hand. I’m so glad I did. I had to sub the cherry tomatoes because for some reason I can never find them in Florida. Heirloom grape tomatoes worked out perfectly. My middle schoolers and husband loved it! Everyone wanted to take leftovers for lunch but there wasn’t any left. My 13 year old declared that I should make this at least 3 times a week. So good.

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    • Natasha
      May 14, 2024

      I’m so happy to hear that! That’s quite a compliment when a 13-year old loves it so much (I have a 14-year old of my own right now)

      Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 14, 2024

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Angela!

      Reply

  • Elle Hugar Laker
    May 12, 2024

    Absolutely delicious! I love cilantro but was out of it and didn’t want to run to the store. This salad was wonderful anyway, but I look forward to the little extra zest the cilantro will give it next time I make it. Maybe tomorrow! Every recipe I’ve made from Natasha’s Kitchen has been excellent!!!! Thank you Natasha. I am grateful.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 12, 2024

      Awww thank you for your good comments and review. We appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Sue Keso
    May 10, 2024

    I made this and several other sales from your receipe. Tasty nutrious and easy to find in my grocery stores

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 10, 2024

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Sue!

      Reply

  • Donna Meninger
    May 9, 2024

    Didn’t have feta so used fresh mozzarella and switched out cilantro and used basil. Was very good!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 9, 2024

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Donna!

      Reply

  • Patrick
    May 9, 2024

    This is one healthy and filling salad! I’ve made it for company a few times with different kinds of Feta Cheese (Greek, French, Bulgarian) and they finish it off every time. It’s now my go-to for an amazing salad. Thanks!

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  • Elizabeth Duke
    May 9, 2024

    We have made this several times and people ALWAYS ask for the recipe. I sub vegan feta but all else is the same. So good.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 9, 2024

      I’m glad that this recipe is well loved! Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Cassie
    May 5, 2024

    I love this salad so much, I’ve made it multiple times. I sub feta for vegan feta and it comes out perfect every time! This recipe is a winner!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 6, 2024

      Yay so great to hear that!

      Reply

  • Connie White
    May 5, 2024

    Beautiful salad and very healthy! I made this one multiple times last summer and was glad to be reminded of it in one of your recent posts! I have tried probably 20 of your recipes and have your recipe book as well. All are keepers!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 6, 2024

      Thank you so much for your good feedback, Connie!

      Reply

      • Jessica
        May 18, 2024

        So tasty! It was so easy to make and my 9 year old loved it!

        Reply

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