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 618 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

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 and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Rachel
    March 3, 2024

    This is delicious! Been wanting to try and finally made it today. Husband loves it, too!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 3, 2024

      That’s wonderful, Rachel!

      Reply

  • Arlene Martinez
    March 2, 2024

    Natasha,
    Hello, I made the Chick Pea Salad today. As I do not do social media, I could not post a picture, It came out wonderful. Thank you for your recipes you share..

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 2, 2024

      Hi Arlene! Thank you so much for the feedback. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe!

      Reply

  • Irma Aviles
    February 23, 2024

    This is my go to salad, but with Spanish olives instead of feta cheese. Never thought of feta but will try it next time.

    Reply

  • Deb M
    February 15, 2024

    I’ve made this before it is really good and a great refreshing tasteful salad. I love your salad recipes.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 15, 2024

      Thank you, Deb!

      Reply

  • GR
    January 30, 2024

    I was going to give this a lower review until I realized I had forgotten the feta. I had no idea how much difference adding it would make. It brought this salad from “bright flavors and good veggie crunch interrupted by mealy chickpeas” to an “all around enjoyable” experience. I’m not a huge salad person, but I would definitely recommend this one! (Just don’t forget the cheese!!)
    It may benefit from having the half onion slices so that they fit into a bite easier

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 30, 2024

      I’m so glad you caught that! Feta does add quite a bit of flavor to this salad and the addition of it with the rest of the ingredients is a mouthful of flavor. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Patty
    January 27, 2024

    I made this today hubby and I loved it. The only thing I changed was I used pearl mozzarella instead of feta.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 27, 2024

      Sounds delish, Patty!

      Reply

  • Donna
    January 14, 2024

    We felt this recipe was okay, but not fantastic. It kept well until the next day.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      January 15, 2024

      HI Donna, did you change anything in terms of proportions? If you have more salad then dressing then it won’t have the same punch of flavor.

      Reply

  • Maureen Garretson
    January 9, 2024

    What an incredible recipe, Natasha! If far exceeded my expectation! I love so many of your recipes and the ease of access to them. Keep up the great work!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 9, 2024

      Aw, thank you for the wonderful feedback, Maureen! I’m so glad to hear that.

      Reply

  • Cherie B
    January 3, 2024

    This dish was fabulous. Simple ingredients I have in my pantry and refrigerator. I made it in the morning, refrigerated for awhile and had it for lunch with some pork roast. It was amazing!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 3, 2024

      That’s great, Cherie!

      Reply

  • christine brown
    November 17, 2023

    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe, it was a big hit with my coworkers 💜

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 18, 2023

      I’m so glad to hear that, Christine!

      Reply

  • Mickey
    October 22, 2023

    Do not use salad dressing INGREDIENTS of this recipe. THE CHICK PEA SALAD IS ‘TERRIFIC’ WITH NO SALAD DRESSING!!! It’s great with only the salad ingredients, you’ll see, just wonderful.

    Reply

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