Chickpea Salad with Goat Cheese, Olives and Arugula

Chickpea Salad with Goat Cheese, Olives and Arugula

As warmer weather is finally upon us here in London, Ontario, I decided to make a salad rather than a soup. I do enjoy soup year round, but I wanted to celebrate the sunny weather with a Mediterranean style dish. Easy to prepare, but packed full of flavor, this salad will be on the menu again for sure. I do recommend you use top quality olives and goat cheese. Feta could be used instead of goat cheese if desired, though I rather enjoyed the creamy texture of the goat cheese.

Chickpea Salad with Goat Cheese, Olives and ArugulaChickpea Salad with Goat Cheese, Olives and Arugula
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Published on March 18, 2010

Easy, fresh tasting chickpea salad tossed with goat cheese, olives and spices

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (1/2 cup dried or 1 14 oz can)
  • 1 cup soft unripened goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • juice from 1 lemon (3 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • pinch of ground cayenne
  • pinch of chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups arugula, to serve
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and cook, stirring often, until the onion is soft and begins to brown.

  • While the onion is cooking, combine the chickpeas, goat cheese, tomatoes, olives, parsley, lemon juice, paprika, cayenne and chili powder in a large bowl. Set aside.

  • Add the garlic to the pan with the onions and stir for one minute.

  • Remove from the heat and mix into the chickpea salad. Add sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste and a bit more olive oil if desired.

  • Serve over fresh arugula leaves, along with some crusty bread for a very satisfying lunch or dinner.

Makes 4 servings

Chickpea Salad with Goat Cheese, Olives and Arugula

Other chickpea creations from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen you are sure to enjoy:
Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Hummus with Goat Cheese
Chickpeas and Paneer in a Spicy Creamy Cashew Gravy
Scrambled Chickpea Flour with a Fiery Red Chili Paste
Chickpea and Brown Rice Patties

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Audio Accompaniment: Mark Hollis


Unknown said...

looks healthy and tasty salad...

Jenny said...

I like the idea of using goat cheese rather than feta. It looks delicious to have the goat cheese coating everything like that.

The Food Hunter said...

This is a great salad. I can't wait to try it. Sounds like a nice lunch to me.

Soma Pradhan said...

A nice and comforting recipe

Ivy said...

A lovely combination of ingredients.

nic @ nipitinthebud said...

oh pants I've missed the deadline. A chickpea salad has been my lunch staple the last few weeks - what a shame I didn't see this one coming and snap my lunchbox. Good luck with your salad, looks delicious. N

Johanna GGG said...

lovely bright photo of a delicious combination of salad ingredients - there is always something hopeful about the onset of summer - hope you are seeing a bit more sunshine

Parita said...

Lovely salad!

basil said...

Divine! Thanks for allowing me to sample it.

Spice Rack said...

Chickpea salad with goat cheese olives is a healthy and tasty treat. Another thing that would make a healthy and delicious salad is by adding herbs and spices from your spices. It is really a big help.