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Summer Chickpea Salad with Feta and Vegetables

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This light, fresh Summer Chickpea Salad with Feta and Veggies is PERFECT for summer! It makes an amazing 15-minute lunch or great side dish that goes great with grilled chicken or your favorite protein.

Bowl of chickpea salad with feta and veggies.

This chickpea salad is a staple for us in the summer, and I am so excited to share it with you!!

Veggie-filled chickpea salad

Chopped veggie salads are my FAVORITE kinds of salads, I prefer them over lettuce salads any day! So I love adding hearty chickpeas to chopped summer veggies to make a filling, delicious, healthy, veggie-filled salad.

The veggies in this salad are:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Bell peppers
  • Fresh herbs (mint, parsley) - yes, herbs are filled with nutrients so I count that as a veggie!

Finely chopped mint adds a really nice freshness to this salad without making it taste minty. Don't worry, it doesn't taste like toothpaste or anything! It just adds a really nice Mediterranean-inspired flavor to this chickpea feta salad.

Chickpeas, feta, and chopped veggies in a bowl.

Related recipe: Pea Shoot Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas and feta

While chickpeas and veggies are delicious together, I find the addition of creamy crumbled feta cheese to be PERFECT for this chickpea salad. Chickpeas go so well with feta, I promise you will love this combination if you give it a try.

The feta cheese also adds a nice saltiness to this salad, which means that you can go light on the dressing and still have a super flavorful summer chickpea salad. 

Chickpea feta salad in a bowl.

Related recipe: Chickpea and Chicken Salad

Light lime and olive oil dressing

The dressing for this salad is simply a nice high quality extra virgin olive oil, fresh lime juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. You really don't need much else because of the yummy feta cheese and fresh herbs.

Please use FRESH lime juice (or lemon juice, if you prefer) for this dressing to give it the freshest flavor. I love using this citrus squeezer when I need to juice just 1-2 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice. I've had this thing for over a decade and it's still working great!

Related recipe: Grilled Asparagus White Bean Salad

So without further ado, here's the full recipe for this summer chickpea salad.

Ingredients

  • 28 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or two 14-oz cans)
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved or chopped
  • 4 oz feta cheese, cubed or crumbled
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, finely minced
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, finely minced
  • 1 scallion (green onion), chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or grated
  • Juice of ½ lime , about 1 tablespoon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste (about ¼ teaspoon each, to start)

Related recipe: Chickpea Salad in a Jar with Honey Mustard Dressing

Instructions

Step 1: Chop all the veggies for the salad into small pieces, just a little bigger than chickpeas. Having all the ingredients be a similar size really makes the texture of this salad better! Grate or mince the garlic. Finely chop or mince the fresh herbs.

Step 2: Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Enjoy immediately, or allow to sit for 10 minutes (at room temperature or in the fridge) to let the flavors meld a little.

Chickpeas, feta, and chopped veggies in a bowl.

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Variations for this chickpea feta salad

The best way to never get bored of salads is to switch up the ingredients to keep them all from tasting the same. Here are some great ideas to add to this salad:

  • Sliced or whole olives
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Tuna (canned - drained)
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • Italian seasoning or dried or fresh oregano
  • Chopped grilled chicken
  • Try it with white beans instead of chickpeas
  • Swap lemon juice for lime juice

However you try this salad, I hope you love it as much as we do!!

Chickpea salad with tomatoes, peppers, and feta.

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Chickpea feta salad in a bowl.
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5 from 7 votes

Summer Chickpea Feta Salad

This Chickpea Salad comes together in just 15 minutes and it a staple summer salad and side dish. Vegetarian and naturally gluten-free.
Prep Time15 mins
Resting time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 small side dish servings, or 3 lunch portions
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 28 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 small bell pepper chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved or chopped
  • 4 oz feta cheese cubed or crumbled
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves finely minced
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves finely minced
  • 1 scallion (green onion) chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (from ½ lime)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste (about ¼ teaspoon each to start)

Instructions

  • Chop all the veggies to be about the same size as the chickpeas. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Chill for 10 minutes before serving.

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Notes

 - Do NOT skip the mint in this salad! It gives the salad a nice freshness.
 - Try adding these variations for this salad:
  • Sliced or whole olives
  • Thinly sliced red onions
  • Tuna (canned - drained)
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • Italian seasoning or dried or fresh oregano
  • Chopped grilled chicken
  • Try it with white beans instead of chickpeas
  • Swap lemon juice for lime juice

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Summer Chickpea Feta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 582mg24%
Potassium 291mg8%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 598IU12%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 151mg15%
Iron 2mg11%
* The nutritional information shown here is just an estimate and not meant to be used as dietary/nutritional advice. Please consult a nutritionist for exact nutritional information based on the exact ingredients you use.

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