This 15 minute spiced chickpea salad is made with diced bell pepper, fresh herbs, Moroccan spices and lemon juice. The Mediterranean flavors make this a super refreshing and easy salad to make and enjoy as a side, snack or meal!
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If you love and Mediterranean flavors, you will love this spiced chickpea salad.
Because chickpeas are high in protein, this recipe makes a hearty, filling meal or snack, no matter the time of day.
Here's what you need to make this salad:
- chickpeas, drained (see note for dry chickpeas)
- green bell pepper, minced
- red bell pepper, minced
- parsley, minced
- cilantro, minced
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- smoked paprika
See recipe card for quantities.
Make the dressing. In a bowl combine oil, lemon juice, and spices and whisk to emulsify.
Hint: keep reading for a tip on how to make this salad using dry chickpeas.
Assemble the salad. Add the drained chickpeas, minced pepper, herbs to the bowl with the dressing.
Mix well to combine and enjoy!
Canned vs. Dry Chickpeas
You can use canned or dry chickpeas for this recipe.
Using canned chickpeas means a little less preparation for the recipe, and a faster end result. They can be very convenient when in a hurry. Just make sure to drain and rinse them before using.
I love saving the liquid (aquafaba) that chickpeas are canned in to use as a vegan substitute for egg whites in all kinds of magical recipes. It's a great way to reduce food waste.
If using dry chickpeas, add to a bowl and cover with water before soaking over night. Drain them before adding to a pot, covering with fresh water, and simmering over medium low heat until tender (usually takes at least an hour).
This spiced chickpea salad is extremely versatile and easy to adapt. Here are some of my favorite ways to mix it up:
- Spicy - add a pinch of cayenne or chili powder to the dressing for a spicy bite
- Add tomato - tomatoes pair really well with the ingredients in this recipe - fresh cherry tomatoes or sun dried are my favorite
- Add cheese - add some small balls of mozzarella or crumbled feta for a tangy cheesy bite
What to Eat it With
This salad goes great with pretty much any Mediterranean food. I really enjoy pairing it with Moroccan salads, tagines, or a crusty piece of bread.
Here are my go-to's:
Chickpeas vs. Garbanzos
If you're familiar with the ingredient, you know it goes by two different names: chickpeas and garbanzo beans.
While both names are correct, the history behind them is actually quite interesting (depending on who you ask).
The word chickpea has a Latin root, while garbanzo comes from a Spanish background.
All this to say that certain cuisines and regions of the world may call the bean one name or the other, depending on the history of that location.
Both names are correct and refer to the same ingredient.
This salad keeps wonderfully stored in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 1 week. It makes a delicious meal prep recipe as the fresh ingredients hold up well over time.
My top tip for this recipe is to take your time when dicing the bell peppers and herbs.
Because this spiced chickpea salad is so easy to make, the chopping is the most important step in creating a gorgeous salad full of fun and flavorful texture.
Take your time with your dicing and make sure the veggies are consistent in size!