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Mediterranean-Inspired Chickpea Salad

When it’s just too hot to turn on the oven, there’s nothing better than a refreshing, chilled salad that can be made in minutes. This Mediterranean-style salad is the perfect side dish to your warm-weather staples or it can be served as the main event. For even more protein, consider adding a cup of pre-cooked quinoa or sliced Kalamata olives for a briny twist.

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Mediterranean-Inspired Chickpea Salad

  • Author: Misfits Market


There’s nothing better than juicy summer tomatoes and refreshing mint, and this Mediterranean-style salad combines both. We like this dish as a side, but it can be served as a vegetarian-friendly main dish, too.


  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 medium seedless cucumbers
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 2 small sprigs mint
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, and juice of half a lemon. Set aside.
  3. Slice cucumbers into 1/2-inch thick disks. Cut a red onion in half and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices. Pull mint leaves from the sprigs.
  4. Transfer vegetables to the bowl with the oil, vinegar, and juice mixture and toss gently to coat. Add optional feta cheese and red pepper flakes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, serve, and enjoy!

Are chickpeas a good source of protein?

The chickpea, or garbanzo bean, is a legume that’s a great addition to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes alike. They’re made up of almost 70% of carbohydrates. If you eat a cup of cooked chickpeas, you’re consuming approximately 45 grams of carbs. The same amount of cooked chickpeas contains about 14 grams of protein. They also have a healthy dose of fiber, which is great for a balanced meal.