Healthy Greek Chickpea Feta Salad is packed full of nutritious ingredients and bright colors. This flavorful salad can be ready in a few minutes as a side or main dish!
This is a beauty! AmIRight?
I whipped up this salad as a side dish to go along with my delicious Mozzarella Chicken Marinara. Lately, I’ve been trying to eat healthier dinners and avoid high carbs.
It was SO good, that I made it again for lunch the next day!
I get really excited when I get any opportunity to use my big wood salad bowl! It was a wedding gift, and perfect for creating a big salad.
For this recipe, I added cucumbers, black olives, chickpeas, mini heirloom tomatoes, crumbled feta and a shallot.
Did you know chickpeas are the same thing as garbanzo beans?
I sure didn’t! I rarely use them. So, there I am standing in the bean aisle of the grocery store. After rubbing my chin in confusion for a what seemed like forever, a nice lady eventually came along and asked me what I was looking for. She told me about this little fact of bean history. Who knew?
Apparently, not me! Ha!
The dressing is simply olive oil and lemon juice mixed with a little salt and pepper.
All the ingredients have so much flavor already, that you don’t want the dressing to be heavy.
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- 5 cups Mixed Green Lettuce
- 1 large cucumber, sliced into half moons
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained (only use half the can)
- 1 large shallot, chopped
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta
- 1 cup mini heirloom tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
- salt and ground black pepper
- 1 lemon, squeezed
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Mix the olive oil, squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of salt and pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
- In a large salad bowl. Add mixed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, chickpeas, feta, black olives and chopped shallot.
- Add the dressing and toss before serving.
Byron Thomas says
Sounds like a perfect, light salad for any meal! I love that you didn’t pair the salad with a heavy, prepared Greek salad dressing. The lightness of the lemon is quite enough with the flavours of the tomatoes and cheese in there too. I’m getting hungry! LOL. Oh, one last thing – I was also confused about the chickpea/garbanzo thing a few years back. Why can’t people just stick to calling thing one name? 🙂
Sarah @ Champagne Tastes says
I love throwing chickpeas into a salad! It makes a side salad suddenly become a main event– yay for tasty vegetarian protein!
I love chickpeas and use them quite often! So this salad packs all of the flavors I love into one big bowl..Yummm. And I actually did know that about chickpeas and garbanzo beans being one in the same..:)
Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day says
I am a huge fan of both Greek food and chickpeas, so this is right up my alley! What a great quick meal!
Chickpeas is tastes very good on its own:) After adding to salad or soup chickpeas makes that dish one step higher. I love Chickpeas:) Your salad looks good!
Hanady | Recipe Nomad says
Oh this sounds great! I bet if I
Roasted the chickpeas first it would taste awesome too!! And ps your salad bowl is gorgeous!!
Hanady | Recipe Nomad says
Oh this sounds great! I bet if I
Roasted the chickpeas first it would taste awesome too!! ps your salad bowl is gorgeous!!
Sarah | Away From the Box says
Ooh, I LOVE greek salad. And I never knew that tip about chickpeas/garbanzos. So thank you for saving me the embarrassment!
Mark, CompassandFork says
I feel your pain on the garbanzo beans. I did actually know that about chickpeas as my wife is American. The salad looks delicious, just full of good health and a great taste.
Silvia @ Gardenn in the Kitchen says
This recipe is simply fantastic! Greek salad has always been one of my favorites, and I love that you added chickpeas to it… as I am a chickpea freak haha. I most always have home cooked chickpeas in my fridge to add to soups or my favorite food bowl. But perhaps what I love the most about your recipe is the dressing. I love a simple olive oil based dressing, as it was flavorful enough and much healthier!
Jessica (Swanky Recipes) says
One of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans is this little Greek restaurant. I always look forward to eating there. I’m such a Greek food lover that I have it at least twice a week in the form of homemade salads, appetizers and chicken. I’m just loving how simple this recipe is and that it includes all my favorite ingredients, yum!
Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife says
This salad looks like it has a wonderful mix of flavors and textures! Chickpeas are so tasty and I bet they are a delicious addition to this salad
Anne Murphy says
You know – I always used to eat the Greek Salad at a diner near a client, but now that I no longer work with them, I don’t know when I last ate one! But no reason at all I can’t make my own! Thank you for reminding me of that (and providing a handy recipe.)
And I’m laughing about the chickpeas – because it gets worse. They’re ceci in the Italian store, and gram or besan in the Indian store… And I live in Manhattan, so I’ve encountered all those names! (I usually say chickpeas… though it can depend on what I am cooking! LOL) Boy it can be confusing…
Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery says
Haha! The chickpea/garbanzo bean thing is so confusing. Garbanzo is the Spanish word for chickpea! This salad looks delicious – and hearty enough to stand on its own for lunch. Such great flavors!
Your big wooden bowl is so pretty! I love it! This salad sounds amazing – I love chickpeas in my salad. I make some healthy baked greek feta meatballs on a regular basis and I bet this would be amazing with them – I’m going to have to give it a try!
Daniela Anderson says
I don’t use chickpeas as often, which is a shame, as they are so full of goodness. This salad sounds amazing, l can never say no if there’s cheese and tomato in there as well. A lovely light salad!
Yes to chickpeas being garbanzo peas. In the Caribbean we also refer to them as channa. And I love them. When I’m speaking to an American though I always say chickpeas. I always get a face when I say channa lol. This salad looks amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever had it in a greek salad though. I’m sure it’s great!
Manila Spoon says
I have to confess I don’t eat chickpeas enough! With that delicious salad, this has to change. Love the combination of flavors and textures here!
Kylee from Kylee Cooks says
I LOVE your big wooden bowl for salad – I’d find any excuse to use it! The salad looks amazing – really good for this time of year when we’re all sick of heavy, rich fare – and looking for something brighter and healthier.