A delightful and nourishing dish that brings the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean to your lunch table: the Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. This recipe effortlessly combines the wholesome goodness of chickpeas with an array of fresh vegetables, zesty herbs, and a tangy dressing. Bursting with colors and textures, this salad not only satisfies your taste buds but also provides a healthy and satisfying lunch option. Whether you’re seeking a quick and easy meal or a light yet satisfying lunch, this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is sure to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire. So, let’s embark on a culinary journey and create a dish that’s as visually appealing as it is delectable.
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup cucumber, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup bell peppers (any color), diced
1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large mixing bowl, combine the chickpeas, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, bell peppers, and Kalamata olives.
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, salt, and pepper to create the dressing.
Pour the dressing over the chickpea mixture and gently toss everything together to ensure all the ingredients are coated with the dressing.
Let the salad sit for about 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
Just before serving, sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese and chopped parsley over the salad.
Serve the Mediterranean Chickpea Salad as a light and refreshing lunch option. You can enjoy it on its own or with some whole-grain bread or pita.
Feel free to customize this recipe by adding other ingredients you enjoy, such as diced avocado, roasted red peppers, or grilled chicken for extra protein. Enjoy your Mediterranean-inspired lunch!