Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Mediterranean chickpea salad is an easy, budget and vibrant salad simply bursting with flavour. This is the perfect all year round salad to remind you of sunny days and warm climates even though it may not be the same outside!

Mediterranean chickpea salad is an easy, budget and vibrant salad simply bursting with flavour. This is the perfect all year round salad to remind you of sunny days and warm climates even though it may not be the same outside!

This Mediterranean chickpea salad is a quick and healthy salad with protein-packed chickpeas, cucumber, spring onion, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, fresh basil and feta. It’s summertime in a bowl!

Folks, I think you’re just going to love this really healthy and nutritious salad. It’s guaranteed to fill you right up and leave you feeling satisfied.

As for the taste, I can only describe it as being amazing. Mouthfuls of sweet cherry tomatoes combined with delicious hints of sesame oil, smooth crumbly feta and then you hit the tangy balsamic. It’s such a contrast but it goes together oh so well!

Mediterranean chickpea salad is an easy, budget and vibrant salad simply bursting with flavour. This is the perfect all year round salad to remind you of sunny days and warm climates even though it may not be the same outside!

Here’s the thing right, I’m talking from experience when I say that this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad “is the perfect all year round salad”.

How, what do you mean Neil? Well, as I was happily munching away on a bowl of this it was snowing outside here in Glasgow. Now I don’t just mean light puffy snowflakes falling from the sky like in some idyllic countryside setting. No, I mean a full on blizzard where if you ventured outside you’d be mad!

The thing is, I lost myself momentarily in a world of warm, sunny weather. Cloudless skies and carefree days on holiday. I was gone from reality for a good few minutes. I forgot all about the snow storm outside. It was bliss.

So, if you find yourself wishing for your holidays, feeling warm and longing to be bathed in the suns rays, which you haven’t seen for days, may I suggest you pop down to your local supermarket and pick up the ingredients for this amazing Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. The ingredients won’t cost you a fortune and within minutes of eating you’ll be transported to those sunnier climes!

Mediterranean chickpea salad is an easy, budget and vibrant salad simply bursting with flavour. This is the perfect all year round salad to remind you of sunny days and warm climates even though it may not be the same outside!

There’s been a fair bit of snow in Scotland over the last few weeks. That’s not unusual being the time of year. What is unusual is the amount that has fallen at lower levels around the cities and towns rather than in the mountains.

What has been amazing fun though is the latest social media obsession here. Watching Scotland’s fleet of 208 road gritters out in action working hard to keep our roads open to allow life to go on as usual.

We’ve all been glued to this trunk road gritter tracker watching the vehicles do their job. Some of them even have hilarious names like “Sir Andy Flurry” (after our world famous tennis player), “Sir Salter Scott” and the brilliant “Gritty Gritty Bang Bang” (my personal favourite)!

Depending on what time of year you’re reading this you may be able to see them out and about on that interactive map, or they may be in their depots, ready for the next onslaught of weather!

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Mediterranean chickpea salad is an easy, budget and vibrant salad simply bursting with flavour. This is the perfect all year round salad to remind you of sunny days and warm climates even though it may not be the same outside!
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Mediterranean chickpea salad is an easy, budget and vibrant salad simply bursting with flavour.
Course: Dinner
Servings: 2
Calories: 534 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 1 x 400g can of chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 80 g cucumber seeded and diced
  • 4 spring onions chopped (bulb and stalk)
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 10 basil leaves chopped
  • 100 g feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas and place in a large salad bowl.
  2. Toss the chickpeas together with the cucumber, spring onions, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, chopped basil and feta.
  3. Add sesame oil and balsamic vinegar. Mix everything together and season with salt if required.
Recipe Notes

The salad is best if you can let it rest in the fridge for at least an hour to marinate before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 534 Calories from Fat 206
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22.9g 35%
Saturated Fat 8.9g 45%
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 44.5mg 15%
Sodium 899.3mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 61.7g 21%
Dietary Fiber 16.1g 64%
Sugars 18.9g
Protein 23.6g 47%
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 162%
Calcium 38%
Iron 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Mediterranean chickpea salad is an easy, budget and vibrant vegetarian salad simply bursting with flavour. This is the perfect all year round salad to remind you of sunny days and warm climates even though it may not be the same outside!

OK folks I’ll stop talking about snow and salads all in the same recipe post and bring you some details of what to expect recipe wise on Thursday!

So, Thursday. Well it’ll be the start of February and as I’m sure we’ll all be glad that January is over I thought we could have a cake. Now, for those of you still on your January health kicks please do not worry as this will be a Date and Walnut Loaf Cake, one of my low calorie, low fat loaf cakes, just like the Lighter Lemon Loaf Cake. I think you’ll love it and you should treat yourself.

I hope you’ll join me then!

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Mediterranean chickpea salad is an easy, budget and vibrant salad simply bursting with flavour. This is the perfect all year round vegetarian salad to remind you of sunny days and warm climates even though it may not be the same outside!

Comments

  1. What a hilarious link, Neil! I kinda wish we had something like that over here to know if the plows are in our area. And the names! Sir Salter Scott is my favorite. I totally laughed outloud at that one. 🙂 But I agree with you about the food. I always start craving Mediterranean food around this time of the winter, and this chickpea salad sounds like a wonderful side dish! Heck, I could see this one being lunch all by itself. And I just had another name idea: Dr. Jonas Salt! Haha…I might spend the rest of the day thinking of plow/gritter names now.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Glad you liked that David. Following those plows has been one of the best things to pass time! Ha ha! Yep, this chickpea salad is perfect for lunch and /or dinner.

  2. This is such a great combination of ingredients for a salad, Neil. You are so right it is like summertime in a bowl…really refreshing and delicious. Here on the other side of the world we are in the middle of summer and I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to cooler weather, but I would love this salad any time of the year, it looks so good.
    Have a great week 🙂

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I’m jealous of you being in the middle of summer there Ashika! Please send some of your warm weather our way because as I write this it’s currently bitterly cold and snowing outside. I NEED to make more of this salad to take me away in my thoughts again…….. 😉

  3. Ben|Havocinthekitchen says:

    We like chickpeas for being versatile and so delicious (And cheap source of protein and other good stuff!). I haven’t been using it for a little while though, so it’s the time to catch up. Making a couple of salads soon. And what about naan pizza, haha?

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Ben, I’m totally with you there that chickpeas are so versatile, delicious and cheap! I can’t remember a week going by when we’ve not had them in some form or other.

      Naan pizza with chickpeas on? I say go for it! 😀

  4. You have got some of my favorite flavors going on here. Love the addition of basil in this salad. I haven’t tried adding it to my chickpea salad. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe! It is indeed summer served in a bowl.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Neha! Glad you like this recipe. Yes the addition of basil here certainly “ups” the flavour of this salad. I think it makes it authentic too. 🙂

  5. I friggin’ ADORE Mediterranean food – it’s just so fresh and clean and ADDED INGREDIENTS are just not something the cuisine does!! Simple is always best which is why I am so attracted to this recipe!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I’m glad that you like this GiGi, thanks. And I know that you’re speaking from first hand experience of Mediterranean food as I remember reading and watching your cruise videos where you ate lots of Mediterranean food and visited that area too. Thanks again! 😀

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