This colorful chickpea salad is full of Mediterranean-inspired flavor. I love loading up my salads with vibrant ingredients and this crunchy salad is both visually appealing and filling.

crunchy chickpea salad with spinach, chickpeas, pepitas and vegetables.

I originally created this recipe for my Autumn Cleanse guide. It is one that always surprises people, so if you’re on the fence about this salad give it a try!

Table of Contents
  1. Tips for a Delicious Chickpea Salad
  2. The Key to the Perfect Dressing
  3. Plant-Based Protein Options
  4. Chickpea Salad FAQs
  5. More Great Salad Recipes
  6. Chickpea Salad Recipe

Tips for a Delicious Chickpea Salad

ingredients for a crunchy salad including chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, carrots, tahini dressing, spinach, cucumber, sunflower seeds and red pepper.

Chickpeas are also called garbanzo beans, so look for either name on the label. Drain and rinse well before using.

I love using Mediterranean-inspired flavors and ingredients since the Mediterranean contains blue zones, places on Earth known for longevity. You can definitely add in the vegetables of your choice, or add even more cucumber, pepper or carrot to this chickpea salad.

tahini dressing homemade in a glass jar next to oranges and fresh orange juice.

The Key to the Perfect Dressing

To brighten up the veggie-fest that is this crunchy salad I created a Citrus Tahini Dressing. The tamari and apple cider vinegar brings the zing while the orange sweetens. The tahini wraps it all up in a creamy package.

Depending on how thick your tahini is, you may need to add a bit of water to ensure this dressing is perfectly pourable. Use coconut aminos if you need a soy-free option in place of the tamari. The dressing tastes great yet also adds extra healthy fat to my chickpea salad.

Plant-Based Protein Options

To support my plant-forward lifestyle, I’m always looking for protein-powered plants to keep me energized. Chickpeas contain protein, healthy fat, fiber and tons of nutrients. This salad actually has 20 grams of protein per serving!

If you’re looking for ways to keep up your protein intake while eating more plants then check out this helpful guide to Plant-Based Protein.

2 plates of vegan salad with tahini dressing next to them.

Chickpea Salad FAQs

Are chickpeas good for weight loss?

They can be! Chickpeas are a wonderful plant protein, healthy fat and high in fiber. They are loaded with nutrients, like manganese and folate, so they are filling as well as nutritious.

Can you eat chickpeas raw?

Nope! Chickpeas should be cooked before eating. Canned chickpeas are already cooked, just rinse well before using.

What pairs well with chickpeas?

I paired chickpeas with spinach, carrot, red bell pepper, cucumber, pepitas and sunflower seeds and topped it all with a bright tahini dressing. It’s loaded with protein, healthy fat and 100% plants.

More Great Salad Recipes

While you can add meat to many of the salads below, they can certainly stand on their own plant legs just fine. It’s much easier to find meat-filled recipes than meatless recipes, so I’ve set out to create incredibly tasty and plant-filled recipes just like these:

Don’t forget to rate and review this sumptuous Chickpea Salad. I love hearing your feedback and how you like these salads!

chickpea salad on a gray plate with a stainless steel fork.
4.54 from 205 votes

Chickpea Salad

Protein power your afternoon with this delicious, Mediterranean-inspired Chickpea salad. It's super crunchy + filling. Plus this tahini dressing is it. I love it and know you will too.
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Entree, Salad
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup spinach fresh
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • ½ carrot diced
  • ½ cup cucumber diced
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper diced
  • ½ cup pepitas
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds

Citrus Tahini Dressing

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp orange juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp tamari
  • ½ tsp garlic cloves minced

Instructions 

  • Whisk together Citrus Tahini Dressing ingredients. Add extra olive oil or water if dressing is too thick.
  • Place spinach, chickpeas and veggies on a plate. Pour dressing on top and sprinkle with seeds.

Notes

  • Swap spinach with the leafy greens of your choice.
  • Feel free to load this salad up with as many veggies as you want.
  • Chickpeas add healthy protein, swap with black beans if you aren’t a fan of chickpeas.
  • Swap seeds with chopped cashews and almonds.
  • Swap tahini with the nut butter of your choice (though texture + thickness will change depending on the nut butter used). 
  • Use coconut aminos instead of tamari to make this soy-free.

Nutrition

Calories: 604kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 49g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g, Monounsaturated Fat: 22g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 262mg, Potassium: 799mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 4637IU, Vitamin C: 40mg, Calcium: 119mg, Iron: 6mg
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  1. 3 stars
    Salad Challenge

    What a unique combination of ingredients! I do love a salad with less greens and more substance, so this checked that box. The dressing was easy to make and very tasty with a perfect consistency. What overtook the salad was the large quantity of nuts, coupled with the other ‘crunchy’ ingredients, making for a lot of chewing! Very filling. I could not finish. Would I make it again? Probably not. But I will keep the dressing recipe.

  2. I was very excited to make this salad. A friend of mine makes another version of this salad and I immediately fell in love. This salad had more color and crunch and is absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to make this for my friends.

  3. 5 stars
    This was yummy, forgot to post on Friday. I like trying new dressings and love tahini!

  4. 5 stars
    We had the tahini chickpea salad tonight as my daughter was here from Asheville and wanted gluten pizza with my salad dressing and salad. It was very good and tasty. They said that it would be better with the dressing that I make which they love and always want me to make when they are here. Overall it was very good.

  5. 5 stars
    A wonderful, filling, satisfying salad. I used a mixture of leafy greens. For my second helping, I added sardines which made it even better. Thanks to all the feedback by others, I now have a good list of swaps and add-ins to try in the future.
    Although the recipe was easy to use, it took me two hours and fifteen minutes to make the salad and dressing from scratch. That’s a far cry from the fifteen minutes posted.

  6. I appreciate the crunch and the interplay between tahini and orange juice, but this one was a bit of a yawner. I added some chili lime pistachios instead of pepitas. That helped!

  7. 5 stars
    This one scared me most as I don’t do well with creamy dressings. But again I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it. Took about 10 minutes to throw together (that includes all the times I was interrupted by my small child lol). The dressing was sweet thanks to the orange juice and the nuts added a wonderful crunch. Very filling and satisfying.

  8. 4 stars
    Loved the flavors of this salad, especially the dressing. Not a fan of chickpeas though.

    1. Black beans would work in place of chickpeas, if you like those!

  9. 5 stars
    Very delicious and filling and the dressing is so good. I’ve really enjoyed the 10 day salad challenge.

    1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the challenge, Natalie!

  10. 5 stars
    Excellent salad recipe!! I doubled the orange juice and it tasted fabulous!! It was a very filling salad and so so tasty!! I added grape tomatoes and olives as well as arugula and it was so refreshing! Excellent combo and amazing flavours!

  11. 5 stars
    Loved all the texture, crunch and the variety of flavours in this salad! Something for everyone. Enjoyed this after a day on the slopes with some grilled chicken and it filled our tummies! Delish!

  12. 5 stars
    Made this without pepita’s (don’t like them) and air fried the chickpeas… So good!

  13. 3 stars
    Good salad. Love the crunch. I’ve never been a big fan of tahini dressing. It seems to dull the other flavors IMO. Will definitely make the salad again but probably with a citrus vinaigrette.

    1. Glad you tried it, but the citrus vinaigrette sounds like it would be GREAT with this salad!