In less than 20 minutes you can have this light, refreshing, high-protein Mediterranean Chickpea Salad ready to eat! A homemade Greek seasoning mix gives the cucumbers, feta cheese, tomatoes, canned chickpeas, and red onions the BEST flavor. Mix this easy, plant-based recipe up for a Mediterranean feast or meal prep ahead and enjoy it for lunch all week.

A wooden spoon is used to serve the Mediterranean chickpea salad.

Even if you’re not aiming for a meat-free or vegetarian diet, this plant-based Mediterranean Chickpea Salad will win you over with those tender, protein-packed garbanzo beans! (And once you’re hooked, you absolutely have to try out this Classic Hummus recipe!)

This simple salad strikes a perfect balance, boasting TONS of protein and dietary fiber from the chickpeas while maintaining a lightness from the fresh cucumbers and onions. It’s a delightful fusion of rich umami tomatoes and bitter olives complemented by tangy feta cheese. And let’s not forget the secret ingredient—the homemade Greek seasoning blend—that elevates the flavor to a whole new level. Trust me, you don’t want to skip that!

But the best part? With just a couple of cans of chickpeas, the rest of the salad ingredients can be prepped, tossed, and ready to eat in just 20 minutes. It’s the ultimate side dish to accompany your Greek Chicken Kabobs, Lemon Rice, and Tzatziki Sauce—our latest Mediterranean meal obsession!

Chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, olives, Feta, and Greek seasonings are the main ingredients for this dish.
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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Ingredients

  • Chickpeas. You’ll need two cans of chickpeas. Be sure to rinse and drain them first!
  • Tomatoes. Grape tomatoes go best, but cherry tomatoes or any other smaller variety of tomato will work well. Avoid using tomatoes with a lot of juicy seeds, they’ll water down the salad.
  • Vegetables. This healthy salad is packed full of bell peppers, which are a great source of Vitamin A, B6, and C, along with cucumbers, which are very low calorie (only 16 calories/cup) and are full of water and dietary fiber. Red onion and black olives round out this salad.
  • Feta. This salty cheese is the perfect balance to the other sweet and tart ingredients.
  • Greek seasoning. An authentic blend of dried oregano, basil, onion powder, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper gives this salad that traditional Greek flavor.
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How to Make This Chickpea Salad

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1. Chop the Vegetables

The hardest part of this dish is preparing everything! Thankfully, you can do most of it ahead of time.

You’ll need to chop all the veggies into small, bite-sized pieces. Aim for ½-inch pieces so you get a variety in each bite.

Add all of the Greek seasoning ingredients to a small bowl and whisk well.

2. Stir Everything Together

Stir together the drained chickpeas, grape tomatoes, red bell pepper, cocktail cucumbers, red onion, black olives, feta cheese, chopped parsley, lemon juice, and olive oil in a large bowl.

Sprinkle the homemade Greek seasoning blend on top and toss until everything is combined.

3. Serve

When you’re ready to serve this salad, simply sprinkle some fresh parsley on top! It’s perfect alongside your favorite protein or as a quick lunch.

Chickpea Salad Variations

  • Change up the vegetables: Choose different color bell peppers, add some avocado, or leave out the olives if you’re not a fan. Or, go with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes instead of fresh.
  • Use different seasonings: Choose your favorite herbs and spices, or simply drizzle with Greek salad dressing.
  • Add some protein: Grill up some chicken for a full meal.
  • Make it crispy: Use a mix of roasted chickpeas for an added crunch.
  • Leave out the feta: Whether dairy-free or vegan, you can simply skip the cheese.

Meal Prep and Storage Tip

This salad doesn’t get soggy! If anything, the flavors get better with time. You can refrigerate it for up to 4 days. Avoid freezing it as all of the fresh vegetables will get a mealy texture once thawed.


What are the key ingredients in a Mediterranean Salad?

In a Mediterranean salad, you’ll typically find olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, and a Greek seasoning blend. However, you can add just about anything you’d like!

Do canned chickpeas need to be cooked?

No! Canned chickpeas are ready to eat as soon as you open the can.

Is a chickpea salad healthy?

Chickpea salad is generally a super healthy dish. With fresh ingredients like chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and bell peppers, you’re getting a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that fuel your body.

The Greek salad with chickpeas is mixed together.

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Recipe

In less than 20 minutes you can have this light and refreshing Mediterranean Chickpea Salad ready to eat! A homemade Greek seasoning mix gives the cucumbers, feta cheese, tomatoes, canned chickpeas, and red onions the BEST flavor.
A wooden spoon is used to serve the Mediterranean chickpea salad.
Yield 8 servings
Prep 20 minutes
Total 20 minutes
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Chickpea Salad:

  • 2-15 oz. cans chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes cut in ½
  • 1 small red bell pepper finely diced
  • 4 small cocktail cucumbers cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • 4 oz. black olives sliced
  • 8 oz. Feta cheese crumbles
  • ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil good quality

Greek Seasoning:

  • ½ tsp. oregano dried
  • ½ tsp. basil dried
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. thyme dried
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt to taste
  • ½ tsp. black pepper to taste


  • Combine Ingredients: Add all chickpea salad ingredients to a large bowl.
    2-15 oz. cans chickpeas, 1 cup grape tomatoes, 1 small red bell pepper, 4 small cocktail cucumbers, ½ red onion, 4 oz. black olives, 8 oz. Feta cheese crumbles, ¼ cup parsley, 3 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 lemon
  • Make Greek Seasoning: Whisk together the Greek seasoning in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the salad and toss with salad tongs until everything is well combined.
    ½ tsp. oregano, ½ tsp. basil, ¼ tsp. onion powder, ¼ tsp. thyme, ¼ tsp. garlic powder, ½ tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. salt
  • Serve immediately with additional parsley and enjoy!
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Prep-Ahead Instructions:
You can prepare this entire salad a couple of hours before serving, or even up to a day! The flavors just get better.
Storage Directions:
Keep this salad in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. However, it will get more watery as it sits. Do not freeze this salad as the texture will drastically change.


Calories: 359kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 797mg, Potassium: 681mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 1174IU, Vitamin C: 38mg, Calcium: 242mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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