Greek chickpea salad is packed with fresh, healthy ingredients and filled with flavor. Served cold, this salad is perfect for lunch, as a side dish, or for your next potluck.
You're going to love this Greek chickpea salad because it's quick, easy, and filled with fresh summer ingredients. There's nothing better than a light and healthy cold salad on a hot summer day.
The best part about this recipe is that there's no cooking involved. Just toss your ingredients together and add your dressing.
Cucumber adds a refreshing and bright flavor, and pairs well with the homemade lemon juice dressing. Feta cheese and olives add salty flavor, and red onions provide flavor and crunch.
Ingredients and substitutions
When using canned chickpeas, be sure to drain and rinse them, then pat dry before adding to your salad.
Feta cheese can be substituted with any cheese you have on hand, like goat cheese, blue cheese, or mozzarella pearls.
Lemon juice can be substituted with apple cider vinegar or white vinegar if needed.
Mixing your chickpea salad
In a large bowl, add your chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, and parsley.
In a small bowl, combine your lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Just before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss to evenly coat.
When making this salad ahead of time, it's best to keep the salad and dressing separate until shortly before serving. Once the dressing is added to the salad, your vegetables will start to break down and get soggy.
This salad is best served the same day, but can be made the night before if needed. Keep your salad dressing in a separate container until you're ready to plate and serve your salad.
Give it a quick toss to coat, then serve.
Greek Chickpea Salad
- 15 ounces canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ medium red onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium cucumber, diced
- ½ cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
- ½ cup feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- In a large bowl, combine rinsed chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, bell pepper, cucumber, olives, parsley, and feta cheese. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir well to combine. Pour over chickpea mixture and toss to combine.
- Serve immediately. If not serving immediately, wait to add dressing until just before serving. Best enjoyed within 2-3 days. Refrigerate any leftovers.
- This recipe makes four entree/lunch size portions, or six side dish portions.
- If making ahead, keep the salad dressing separate, then toss just before serving.
- Salad will keep for 3 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Vegetables will begin to break down once tossed in the dressing, so salad is best served the same day.