Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad

The ultimate no-cook healthy and refreshing Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad is full of vibrant colors and flavors. Makes a delicious meal and is packed with protein and fiber!!

Chana Salad or Chickpea SaladEveryone loves a quick and easy salad recipe. So, how about a Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad that combines fresh vegetables including bell peppers, cucumbers, green onions and feta cheese tossed in an easy homemade lemon- olive oil dressing.

Sounds yummy, right?

This make-ahead, 15-minute no-cook chickpea salad infused with aromatic spices makes a satisfying side dish. Every bite you take is packed with amazing mix of flavors. Add grilled chicken or tofu for more protein or enjoy on its own!

Either way, this salad tastes equally good. 

Easy summery chickpea salad

I love everything about this salad bowl. It’s –

  • healthy
  • hearty
  • full of bold flavors and colors
  • protein-rich
  • filling
  • gluten-free 
  • and can be vegan too!

Now what more I can ask for in a bowl of salad. So addictive that you won’t be able to stop eating!

Now onto the recipe!

No cook Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad is prepared with crunchy veggies and tossed in a homemade lemon- olive oil dressing. This salad is super easy-to-make and very versatile. Just toss in any vegetables that you have in your fridge and a yummy salad is ready in no time.

It taste delicious in any variation, may you add tomatoes, carrots or any other veggie of your choice – this salad is a winner!!

Best part is once everything is mixed up, natural juices from the fresh veggies and herbs makes it even more flavorful. Salad dressing gives chickpeas and veggies a perfect shine and a tangy flavor, but again it’s optional. 

How to make veggie chickpea salad

Some other options!

  • This salad can be prepared with cooked black eyed peas (lobia). Except the texture and flavor, nothing changes. 
  • Like toasted chickpeas – toast boiled chickpeas in an oven or OTG, this will add extra crunch to the salad.
  • If using store bought chickpeas, drain the chickpea liquid**, wash and pat them dry. Chop veggies and toss them along with fresh herbs and spices.
  • If feta cheese or paneer is left out of the recipe than this recipe is a perfect VEGAN MEAL!!

** Chickpea liquid is Aquafaba!! Clear -thick gelatinous liquid obtained after boiling chickpeas. This can be used to make many yummy recipes.

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Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad
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The ultimate no-cook healthy and refreshing Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad is full of vibrant colors and flavors. Makes a delicious meal and is packed with protein and fiber!!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 PEOPLE 15 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
6-8 PEOPLE 15 MINUTES
Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad
Votes: 13
Rating: 4.15
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Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
The ultimate no-cook healthy and refreshing Chana Salad or Chickpea Salad is full of vibrant colors and flavors. Makes a delicious meal and is packed with protein and fiber!!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 PEOPLE 15 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
6-8 PEOPLE 15 MINUTES
INGREDIENTS
CHICKPEA INGREDIENTS
  • 1 kg Chickpeas (2.2 lbs uncooked chickpeas)
  • 2 teaspoon Roasted cumin seeds (powdered)
  • 1.5 teaspoon Crushed red chili flakes or Red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon Dried mint leaves (crushed)
SALAD INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoon Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 small Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Red capsicum, finely chopped
  • 1 medium Cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Green Capsicum, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Chopped cilantro leaves - to garnish
  • 3 tablespoon Paneer or Feta cheese (crumbled)
  • Salt to taste
SALAD DRESSING
  • 3 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Coarsely crushed black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 4-5 leaves of Chopped Mint leaves
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METHOD
  1. Open a chickpeas can and drain.
  2. Save the liquid - this is Aquafaba. Visit the link above for aquafaba recipes.
  3. For homemade boiled chickpeas - Wash and soak chickpea overnight. In the morning, drain that water and wash the chickpeas again. Transfer soaked chickpeas to a pressure cooker and add enough water to cover it. Pressure cook for 6-8 whistles or until chickpeas/chole are tender. Use as directed in the recipe.
  4. Assemble ingredients.
  5. And the veggies
  6. Add the boiled chana to a bowl. Mix in all the spices one by one.
  7. Give it a good toss.
  8. Do not add salt at this point.
  9. When ready to serve. Heat up the chana/chickpeas and start adding veggies one by one.
  10. You can add or subtract or change any ingredient you like or dislike.
  11. Toss in all the veggies.
  12. At this point add salt and adjust seasonings.
  13. Assemble the salad dressing ingredients. You can use store bought vinaigrette to save time.
  14. In a cup add all the ingredients and whisk it up.
  15. Pour it over the salad.
  16. Toss until well blended.
  17. Adjust dressing, spices and enjoy!

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6 Responses

  1. Karly says:

    YUM. This looks so light and fresh and filling at the same time- perfect little lunch dish!

  2. namrata says:

    healthy recipe…well explained and great pics

  3. sarla dilwali says:

    All the information has been very nicely explained. families would learn a lot by your quinova recpies ,chickpeas salads. mixing of beans to your taste makes the dish very tempting so everyone has her own tasty salad hot /or cold. please write where can we get Quinova ?
    thanks
    sarla

    • RK says:

      Thanks for your wonderful feedback Sarla. Glad you liked the recipes. Quinoa is readily available in any US grocery store. In India you can buy it online at Amazon.

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