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This Mediterranean salad recipe is a spin on a classic Greek salad, with chickpeas added. It’s full of fresh veggies and herbs, and drizzled with a delicious vinaigrette. Plus, like many of my healthy salad recipes, Mediterranean chickpea salad comes together in just 15 minutes for a quick and easy side dish. Add some chicken or a halibut recipe to turn it into a quick and easy lunch!
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best Mediterranean salad ingredients, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
This salad is brimming with fresh veggies! Feel free to customize with what you have on hand:
- Cucumbers – You can use English cucumbers or Persian cucumbers for Mediterranean salad recipes.
- Grape Tomatoes – I used grape tomatoes, but any tomatoes would work, including cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, plum tomatoes, roasted tomatoes, and even sun-dried tomatoes.
- Chickpeas – Also known as garbanzo beans, these add protein, fiber, and a delightful nutty flavor. You could also try white beans, kidney beans, or black beans, but I think a Mediterranean chickpea salad works best with the other flavors here. If you have extra beans left over, use them to make oven roasted chickpeas!
- Bell Peppers – I used diced yellow and red peppers, but you could use any color variety you prefer. You can also use roasted red peppers instead!
- Red Onion – Red onion offers a crunchy texture and subtle sweetness. You could also use diced yellow onions, vidalia onions, or shallots for a similar flavor and texture.
- Feta Cheese – A classic choice for a Mediterranean cucumber salad! You can also use crumbled goat cheese or an aged gouda for a different flavor profile.
- Fresh Herbs – I used fresh parsley and fresh mint, but you can try other fresh herbs such as dill or chives. I don’t recommend using dried herbs here.
VARIATION: Add olives or greens!
Black, green, or kalamata olives would make a great addition with the other flavors here. You can also add lettuce or other greens if you like, and just double the dressing if you do.
The dressing for this Mediterranean salad is similar to my Greek salad dressing, but this time I cut down on the ingredients to make it even simpler:
- Olive Oil – Avocado oil would also work, but olive oil pairs best with the other flavors in this salad.
- Lemon Juice – Fresh squeezed lemon juice has the best flavor, but you can use bottled lemon juice for convenience. You can also substitute red wine vinegar.
- Dried Oregano – Adds an herby flavor to the dressing. You can also add dried thyme, basil, sage, marjoram, or even Italian seasoning.
- Garlic Powder – Adds a subtle and earthy flavor.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper
VARIATION: Add Dijon mustard!
If you like the flavor, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard works nicely in this dressing.
How To Make Mediterranean Salad
This section shows how to make Mediterranean chickpea salad, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Toss the veggies. In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, tomatoes, chickpeas, bell peppers, and red onions.
- Add the herbs. Stir in the fresh parsley and fresh mint, if using.
- Make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients: olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.
- Combine. Drizzle the dressing over the Mediterranean salad. Stir to combine, then top with feta cheese and mix gently. You can adjust salt and pepper to taste if needed.
- Store: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
- Meal prep: Cut and chop veggies, whisk together dressing, and store in separate airtight containers for 2-3 days. Mix the Mediterranean chopped salad right before serving.
What To Serve With Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
- Lamb – For a classic Mediterranean feast, try quick and easy air fryer lamb chops or grilled lamb kofta kebab, or for a fancier dish, lamb shanks in a delicious red wine tomato sauce.
- Seafood – This fresh salad makes a quick and easy side to classic Greek shrimp or even regular baked shrimp.
- Grilled Mains – A fresh Mediterranean cucumber salad is always delicious with skewered meats, like grilled chicken kabobs, quick shrimp skewers, or Greek souvlaki. You can also try it with a juicy sirloin steak!
- Stuffed Veggies – Try stuffed tomatoes or spinach stuffed mushrooms for a Greek-inspired feast.
- Chicken – Although you can’t go wrong with juicy baked chicken breasts or simple grilled chicken thighs, it would be simply elegant with Mediterranean chicken or balsamic chicken.
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Mediterranean Salad (15 Minutes!)
You'll love this easy Mediterranean salad recipe with chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and lemon vinaigrette. Ready in 15 minutes!
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In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, tomatoes, chickpeas, bell peppers, and red onions.
Stir in the fresh parsley and fresh mint, if using.
In a small bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients: olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.
Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat.
Add the feta and mix gently.
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