This fresh and simple chickpea salad takes just minutes to make with a few everyday ingredients. Vegan and gluten-free, it’s an easy, healthy way to include more beans in your diet.

A simple chickpea salad with chopped herbs and garlic on a small plate.

What You’ll Need

  • Fresh herbs. I used rosemary and parsley but you can customize the recipe by trying other herbs such as cilantro, basil or dill.
  • Oil. I used olive oil but avocado oil would also be suitable.
  • Chickpeas. You’ll need about 3 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans). I used canned chickpeas but you can also use chickpeas cooked from scratch.
  • Salt and pepper. Use good quality sea salt and fresh cracked black peppercorns for the best flavor.
Chickpeas, lemon and fresh herbs on a kitchen counter top.

How to Make this Recipe

This recipe is very easy to make but let’s go over a few tips and tricks for success.

  • chop the fresh rosemary and garlic as finely as you can
  • very finely mince the garlic or use a garlic press if you have one
  • if using canned chickpeas, drain and rinse them well before using
Chopped rosemary and garlic and a sliced lemon on a cutting board with a knife.
Chopped fresh rosemary and parsley in a bowl with chickpeas.

Once you’ve chopped the herbs and garlic, mix everything up, season with salt and pepper and enjoy your simple chickpea salad!

A serving spoon in a bowl of chickpeas with chopped herbs and garlic.

Recipe Variations

This lovely salad makes a great base for some delicious variations. Here are a few ways to switch things up:

  • serve topped with diced avocado
  • add 2 tbsp of mayo for a creamy, tangy salad
  • add a drizzle of lemon tahini dressing
  • add 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • instead of rosemary and parsley, try dill, chives or basil
  • for a warm chickpea salad, try gently sauteeing the mixture in a skillet until heated through

Looking for a hot chickpea dish? Try these easy spiced chickpeas.


How to Serve

  • enjoy on its own for a light main or healthy side dish
  • add to salads or buddha bowls
  • mash it up with a bit of mayo or tahini and use in a sandwich or wrap
A plate and bowl of chickpea salads sitting on a marble counter.

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A simple chickpea salad with chopped herbs and garlic on a small plate.

Simple Chickpea Salad

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan

A simple chickpea salad featuring fresh herbs and lemon that takes just minutes to make. Enjoy as a light main dish or healthy side.


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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced (about 4 tbsp)
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 15 oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste

Instructions

  1. Add everything to a bowl and mix well.
  2. Serve right away. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Notes

Basil or dill work well as alternative herbs. For combinations, try dill and chives, parsley and chives, or basil on its own.

Keywords: simple chickpea salad, lemon chickpea salad

UPDATE NOTE: This recipe was originally published on February 1, 2015. It was updated in April 2020 with new photos and text.