chickpea salad with feta and herbs

I have a new infatuation with chickpeas. It was this salad that did it to me. Before making that, I generally avoided chickpeas in their native form. Sure, I like them all mashed up in garlicky hummus, but individual chickpeas? Not so much.

Chickpeas are standard salad bar fare, and that is essentially how I’ve always thought of them. I never really understood the point of sprinkling a few chickpeas over an iceberg lettuce salad. They seemed unnecessary, superfluous. Boring, even. So I ignored them.

But I have seen the light. Canned chickpeas have become a new staple in my pantry. Granted, I’m the only one who eats them, but that’s okay. I’m also the only one who eats tomatoes. My family does not know what they’re missing, on both counts.

Which means this gorgeous salad was all for me.

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Chickpea Salad with Feta and Herbs


1 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper


In a medium bowl, combine chickpeas, sliced cherry tomatoes, mint and basil.

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and red wine vinegar until combined. Pour over chickpeas and toss together. Add feta cheese and toss gently. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.


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32 Responses to “chickpea salad with feta and herbs”

  1. 1
    Jessica @ How Sweet — April 22, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout! I have a bit of a chickpea obsession too. 🙂

  2. 2
    Chris — April 22, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    Beautiful salad! This has my name all over it. I adore chickpeas. Canned, fresh….bring ’em on.

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      mj (merry gourmet)
      mj (merry gourmet) — April 23, 2011 @ 8:23 am

      Chris – I’ve never had fresh ones or dried ones. Time to give those a whirl.

  3. 3
    Kalynskitchen — April 22, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    Oh yes please! I love the looks of this salad.

  4. 4
    Maris (In Good Taste) — April 22, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Love chick peas and love feta. Lovely salad.

  5. 5
    Marla — April 22, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

    OK, not sure what is up but I have been crazy about chickpeas over here too! This salad looks awesome.

  6. 6

    I had a reader looking for chickpea recipes! Oooo there is a ton here, thanks! I’m sending her over. 😉

  7. 7
    Aggie — April 23, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    I’m so happy you have embraced the chickpea! One of my favorite beans 🙂 I have everything here, and am in need of a healthful lunch after indulging too much takeout the last few days. I’m all over this.

    Thanks so much for linking to my pasta 🙂

  8. 8

    looks like another awesome chickpea salad recipe! I love your use of all of those herbs…especially the mint!

  9. 9
    Lynda — April 23, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    I love chickpeas, especially in salads like this! Great photos, too!

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    Barbara | VinoLuciStyle — April 23, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    I fear I’m sort of where you were; stilling passing them over on the salad bar and wondering what all the Chick Pea fuss is about. Guess I need to move beyond head in the sand and give them a whirl huh?

  11. 11

    I have loved chickpeas since being a kid. We always called them garbanza beans growing up. Your salad looks fresh, healthy and super tasty. Beautiful photos!

  12. 12
    Caiti — April 24, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    Tomato and cucumber salads have become a staple of our weekly veggie plate, I can’t wait to try this version (can’t go wrong with chick peas, says the girl with a fish named Garbanzo) :).

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    julia — April 24, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    So funny, I fell in love w/ a chickpea salad 2 weeks ago at a potluck, and it happens to be the same recipe you loved! I’m making this salad today for Easter

  14. 14
    Ben — April 26, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    That looks like a hearty salad. There are so many ways to enjoy chickpeas.

  15. 15
    Shellina — April 26, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    This could not be more beautiful. Nice work- can’t wait to try it. Thanks for posting. 🙂

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    Feast on the Cheap — April 27, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    This salad looks so wonderful and so refreshing – best part is, I have ALL of the ingredients! Even the mint…

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    Tracey — August 11, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

    This salad looks delicious and I always have chickpeas in my pantry. My husband and I love them. I also have a huge pear tomato bursting at the seams with tomatoes. Some of them are going in this salad before the end of the week.
    Thank you so much for sharing it. 🙂

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    Sara Connolly — May 29, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    Hi MJ,

    Made this salad yesterday for our Memorial Day picnic. It was delicious! Love the use of chickpeas!


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