Lemony Chickpea Salad Recipe

Lemony chickpea salad. Fresh and healthy. Get the recipe!

No matter how bare my cupboards are getting, I seem to always have a can of chickpeas on hand. I have averted mealtime disaster many times because of my beloved chickpeas. This salad was no exception.

This is an easy, quick, and cheap salad that you can throw together in about five minutes. It’s great for a quick lunch, served with crackers or a slice of whole grain toast. Although the basic recipe below is quite tasty, you could add in chopped kale, Kalamata olives, Feta cheese, grilled chicken, etc.

If you’re craving a garbanzo bean salad that’s a little fancier and a bit more substantial than this one, try this summery kitchen sink salad with creamy BBQ dressing:

Summery kitchen sink salad recipe with creamy BBQ dressing

Lemony Chickpea Salad Recipe

Yield: 2 servings

Total Time:5 min

Chickpeas are super cheap and versatile. This entire recipe costs less than $2. You can purchase the spinach from the grocery store salad bar if you don't want to buy an entire bag.


For salad:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Handful of spinach, chopped
  • 1 Roma tomato, chopped

For dressing:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of fine grain sea salt
  • Zest from 1/2 lemon


  1. Drain chickpeas and rinse with cold water. Combine chickpeas, spinach, and chopped tomato in a bowl.
  2. To make dressing, whisk all ingredients together. Pour dressing over chickpea mixture, chill, and serve.

5 Responses to “Lemony Chickpea Salad Recipe”

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    Kristin — January 6, 2012 @ 1:41 am

    I just made this tonight and it was phenomenal. I threw in some chicken and feta too, plus I used a lot of spinach, and I look forward to eating on it for a few days! Great, light-tasting dressing!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes — June 1, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    A simple and delicious salad recipe. I love it.

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    Leslie MacKenzie — July 25, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    oohh, lucky I checked your blog today. I’m sitting here with a large bowl of assorted heirloom tomatoes in all colors and sizes. I was wondering what to do with them. I always keep dried chickpeas in the pantry. No spinach in the garden but I’ve got a bumper crop of basil that will probably work. Thanks for the idea.

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    Odds and Ends | The Vintage Wife — August 30, 2012 @ 4:42 am

    […] are some random shots from our past few days. The lemony chickpea salad was found through Pinterest. It was delicious and took maybe 5 minutes to throw together, perfect […]

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    Sarah F — February 12, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    This is delicious even in the winter. I don’t have lemons on hand so I used 1/2 tsp lemon pepper for the zest. Before adding the zest the dressing wasn’t that great. It needs the zest.

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