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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Mediterranean chickpea salad combines garbanzo beans, veggies, pine nuts, seeds, and feta cheese with a vibrant lemony vinaigrette.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Moroccan
Servings: 6
Author: Kevin



  • 6 slices wheat or sourdough bread cubed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp zaatar spice (See Note 1)


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • tsp cayenne pepper


  • 30 oz cooked chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 large carrots peeled and shredded
  • 4 Persian cucumbers sliced (See Note 2)
  • 2 plum tomatoes diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds (arils)
  • ½ cup pine nuts toasted
  • ¼ cup mint leaves chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped
  • 3 cups arugula greens


  • Preheat oven to 250°F. In a bowl add the cubed bread and toss with oil and Lebanese za’atar spice. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt, black pepper and cayenne. Set aside.
  • In a small fry pan, toast the pine nuts over medium heat until golden brown. Season with salt and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine chickpeas, carrot, cucumbers, tomatoes, red pepper, herbs, feta cheese, pomegranate and pine nuts.
  • Pour lemon cumin dressing over chickpea salad and toss to mix thoroughly. Serve immediately over arugula greens and topped with Za’atar spiced croutons.


  1. You can find my recipe for Classic Lebanese Za'atar Spice Mix here.
  2. Persian cucumbers can be substituted with English cucumbers.


Calories: 699kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 907mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 4968IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 10mg