Middle Eastern Chickpea and Olive Salad

Middle Eastern Chickpea and Olive Salad

Do resist the overwhelming temptation to add feta or goat cheese to this delicious, filling and satisfying Middle Eastern style chickpea and olive salad, at least the first time you make this. There will be a next time, yes there will.

Middle Eastern Chickpea and Olive SaladMiddle Eastern Chickpea and Olive Salad
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Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Published on June 13, 2008

Simple, elegant, lightly spiced and flavorful Middle Eastern chickpea and olive salad

Preparation: 10 minutes

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  • 1 cup dried chickpeas (3 cups cooked or 2 14 oz cans)
  • 2/3 cup Kalamata or black olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 to 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • juice from 1 small lemon (2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • Rinse the chickpeas and soak for 8 hours or overnight in several inches of water. Drain and rinse, then transfer to a medium saucepan and cover with several inches of fresh water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the chickpeas are tender. Drain and set aside to cool.

  • Add the chickpeas to a large mixing or salad bowl and toss in the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and serve at room temperature.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Middle Eastern Chickpea and Olive Salad


Meeta K. Wolff said...

I really love my chickpeas!! That's why I really enjoying finding great new recipes. Lisa - this is a lovely flavorful idea and perfect with grilled fish or meat!

Anonymous said...

Hooray for improvised recipes! This would have been perfect during my grain-free cleanse, but I think I'd love it any time. . . the addition of olives is a great idea.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Its funny, my wife and I just had a craving for chickpeas yesterday. This looks like a great dish to try and I like that you included olives in the mix

Unknown said...

the salad looks so healthy and nutritious Lisa. Thanks for sending to AWED.


Kalai said...

That's a good looking salad, Lisa! Delicious! :)

Anonymous said...

Lisa, this is just my kind of salad! It is so simple, yet incredibly flavorful. I can't wait to make it. And, I'm sure there will be a second time for goat cheese....

test it comm said...

Another tasty salad! I don't think I can resist adding feta though... I have started getting the really big tubs of feta because I use it so often in salads.

Laura Paterson said...

Chickpea salads are always good in my book! Liking the olive addition too.

I cook up a vat of chickpeas then freeze them once they're cooked - makes this kind of salad soooooo quick!!

Anonymous said...

Yum, that sounds great! I bet it would be perfect with a seared tuna steak.

Chitra said...

I had been searching for a good appetizer for my party yesterday. I found this and it was widely appreciated. Thanks!