Mediterranean Chickpea Salad


Today I am going to share with you the recipe for this delicious and quick Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. This one is an adaptation of a classic salad my mom used to make – a chickpea salad with canned tuna, lots of fresh parsley or coriander, onion, and garlic. I wanted to make a vegan version, so I omitted the tuna and added some more delicious veggies.

This one is super easy to make and I’m sure you have all the ingredients in your pantry and fridge. You’ll need cucumber, red onion, bell pepper, tomato, olive oil, lemon, coriander, dill, and garlic. Super fresh and perfect to take with you to the beach or to have on your work lunch break, as this salad is best when left to rest for 1 to 2 hours. This resting time allows the veggies to marinate in the lemon juice and causes the flavors to intensify.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Vegan and healthy salad full of Mediterranean flavors like chickpeas, cucumber, red onion, bell pepper, dill, garlic, and olive oil.
Servings 4 portions
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting time (optional) 1 hour


  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/3 of bell pepper any color
  • Bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 can of chickpeas 14oz or 400g drained
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • half tsp chilly flakes
  • 1 or 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • lots of dried dill


  • Peel and cut a small cucumber in little pieces, as well as a ripe tomato.
  • You also want to finely cut red onion and a third of bell pepper (any color you like).
  • And finely cut some fresh coriander.
  • Now rinse and drain a can of chickpeas and add it to the bowl.
  • Mix everything and let’s season it.
  • Add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, chilly flakes, the crushed garlic clove, and lots of dried dill.
  • If you have the time, allow the salad to rest in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours.
  • You can add some more protein if you want and need, like some tempeh or tofu.


Allowing the salad to rest, allows the veggies to marinate a little bit and intensifies all flavors, making the salad even more delicious. For this reason, this salad is perfect to prepare in the morning and take with you to the beach or have on your work lunch break.
Author: Ana Rebelo, Zest & The City
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Easy, Gluten-free, Lactose-free, Plant-based, Vegan, Vegetarian

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