10 February 2008

Chickpea & Tomato Salad

I love chickpeas! I could happily just snack on them and not make anything with them. But that would be plain lazy, so I made this really fresh salad with a zingy dressing.

Chickpea and Tomato Salad

240g chickpeas
1 small red onion
1 avocado
½ cucumber
6 baby plum tomatoes (or other small, sweet tomatoes)
handful fresh coriander

Lemon & Honey Dressing

2tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tbsp honey
1 clove garlic, crushed
salt & pepper

Add all the dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk to amalgamate.

Drain and rinse the chickpeas, tip them into a bowl along with the chopped onion, and chopped avocado. Cut the cucumber lengthways, scoop out the seeds, slice and add to the mixture, along with chopped tomatoes and coriander.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad and mix well.

Serves 4

I added feta to our second serving of the salad. It made the salad even more delicious.


  1. Lovely and fresh! And I adore chickpeas. Hey, you should have one of your challenges with chickpeas! Have a great week and I will catch up with you when my guests leave. I will have my soup ready before the deadline!

  2. I'm with you on the chickpeas - they are so great in any meal - and this salad looks so colourful and delicious. Have you ever had dried chickpeas with seasoning - they make a great snack!

  3. oops I mean roasted chickpeas - just realised dried chickpeas are a bit hard to snack on

  4. Holler's gotten cheeky with Chick Peas!

    My affinity for these legumes is growing, nicely photographed too!x

  5. I would love it with the feta cheese too Holler :D As I get older there are more and more foods that I have revisted and LOVED...chickpeas, blue cheese and mushrooms..Love them all:D

  6. Hi Deb, I hope you are having a great time with your guests! I know you will be! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it! I await your soup!

    Hi Johanna, I haven't tried roasted chickpeas with seasoning, they sound intriguing! Do you buy them or make your own? I was thinking you had teeth of steel for a moment there!

    Thanks Peter! You are a right one, to can me cheeky! Huh!

    Hi Val, I am with you on the chickpeas, blue cheese and mushrooms, in fact they would be great together!

  7. Fabulous! It reminds me of the finger-food served at Peruvian restaurants (except that they deep-fry their chickpeas, and don't dress the salad). Yum!

  8. Sounds like a good restaurant to me David!

  9. Yum! I am with you on chickpeas,

  10. I love chickpea salad. I should give this a try some time.

  11. Holler, this would make a wonderful lunch for me right now! So fresh and healthy!

  12. Fresh and crunchy! Fab photo, Holler. Love a good chickpea salad, me :-)

  13. Ooh, thanks for an easy and good-looking recipe :o)

  14. Hi Katerina, They are yum, although I only recently discovered that!

    I think you would like it Coppe! Thanks for visiting!

    Hi Patricia, That's exactly why I enjoyed the salad so much!

    Hey Jen, How you doing, girl? The chickpeas were actually quite creamy!

    Hi Chocolatecoveredvegan! liked your little smiley face, will have to remember that one!

    Thanks Jenny!

  15. A simple and yet tasty sounds salad. Good call with the feta.

  16. Hi Kevin, The feta made the salad look milky and took away some of the tartness of the dressing, but boy did it taste good and there was enough to share around!

  17. Haha I am *always* getting over-excited and posting comments twice. Once I accidentally posted a comment THREE times!

  18. Delicious! I would certainly add the feta cheese. I think chickpeas are my favorite legume. I always end up nibbling on them, so I make extra to ensure I have enough for the dish I am making.

  19. Oh Yum! Yum and Yum! This looks great...

  20. Looks good. You can't go wrong with chickpeas and feta!

  21. Looks absolutely yummy. Love chickpeas......and cucumber......and feta.....and, well you get the idea!!!!

  22. Hi ChocolateCoveredVegan, for sparing my blushes!

    You are a girl after my own heart, Lisa!

    Thanks Shelly!

    It is a pretty good combination of flavours, isn't it Mike?

    Some of your favourite salad ingredients, huh? Well Lynn, you have just inspired me to have a salad poll!

  23. actually holler - I was amazed that they were serving roasted chickpeas as a snack on the plane to darwin - probably trying to cater for the gluten free set - have never tried my own but have bought them in health food section of supermarket

  24. Mmm what a yummy salad creation! Anything with avocado I want to eat, especially combined with sweet tomatoes.

  25. Hi Johanna, I would really like to try those!

    Hi Ashley, I try to include avocado, every now and again, it is so good for you!

  26. This is a wonderful simple salad, which I love so much. Thanks for the reminder!

  27. I am a chickpea lover too! And I second Johanna's idea that you try roasted chickpeas - they're delicious and really easy to make yourself!

  28. Mmm... sounds nice and summery. My favorite cuban restaurant makes a chickpea salad to die for... one of these days I should try to figure out what makes it so good. But this one looks tasty too!


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