Chickpea Salad Recipe with Sage, Pimentos, and Wine Vinegar

Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad Recipe with Sage, Pimentos, and Wine Vinegar
Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Servings: 4


Chickpea Salad
Chickpea Salad

Chickpea salad is a delicious and nutritious dish that is perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish for dinner. This recipe is easy to make and full of flavor, making it a great option for anyone looking for a healthy and satisfying meal.


Chickpeas have been a staple in many cuisines for centuries, with evidence of their cultivation dating back to ancient Egypt. Chickpea salad is a modern twist on this classic ingredient, combining it with fresh herbs and a tangy dressing for a refreshing and satisfying dish.


How to prepare

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine chickpeas and their liquid with water. Simmer gently for 15 minutes, then drain and place in a warm bowl.
  2. Cover the bowl and keep it warm while preparing the dressing.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour the dressing over the warm beans, then let it stand for 30 minutes before serving.


  • Add diced tomatoes or cucumbers for extra freshness and crunch.
  • Mix in some feta cheese or olives for a Mediterranean twist.
  • Try using different herbs like cilantro or mint for a unique flavor profile.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to simmer the chickpeas gently to avoid overcooking them and turning them mushy.

- Letting the salad sit for 30 minutes before serving allows the flavors to meld together and develop a more complex taste.

- Feel free to customize the salad with your favorite herbs and spices for a unique twist on the classic recipe.

Serving Suggestions

Serve chickpea salad as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish, or enjoy it on its own as a light and satisfying lunch.

Cooking Techniques

Simmering the chickpeas gently helps to soften them without turning them mushy, while letting the salad sit before serving allows the flavors to develop.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use canned chickpeas instead of dried for a quicker preparation.

- Substitute red wine vinegar for the white wine vinegar for a slightly different flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

Chickpea salad can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just be sure to let it come to room temperature before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the chickpea salad with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or a drizzle of olive oil for a beautiful and appetizing presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair chickpea salad with a crisp white wine or a refreshing iced tea for a perfect summer meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply microwave the salad for a few seconds until warm.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of chickpea salad contains approximately 300 calories, making it a satisfying and filling meal option.


Each serving of chickpea salad contains approximately 25 grams of carbohydrates, making it a good source of energy for your body.


With 15 grams of fat per serving, chickpea salad provides a healthy dose of monounsaturated fats from the olive oil used in the dressing.


Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein, with each serving of this salad containing around 10 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

This salad is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C from the pimentos, vitamin K from the parsley, and iron from the chickpeas.


This recipe contains no common allergens, making it suitable for most dietary restrictions.


Chickpea salad is a nutritious and delicious dish that is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals, making it a healthy choice for any meal.


Chickpea salad is a delicious and nutritious dish that is easy to make and full of flavor. With a simple dressing and fresh herbs, this salad is a perfect option for a light and satisfying meal.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the sense of anticipation I felt when I first discovered this recipe for Chickpea Salad. It was many years ago, when I was just a young girl living in a small village in the countryside. My mother had invited a group of friends over for a potluck dinner, and I was eager to help her prepare the dishes.

As we gathered the ingredients for the meal, one of my mother's friends, Mrs. Patel, mentioned that she had a new recipe she wanted to try out. She called it Chickpea Salad, and she described it as a refreshing and healthy dish that was perfect for a hot summer day. I was immediately intrigued and begged Mrs. Patel to teach me how to make it.

Mrs. Patel was a wonderful cook, and she graciously agreed to show me her recipe. She started by rinsing and draining a can of chickpeas, then mixing them with diced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and fresh parsley. She tossed the salad with a simple dressing made from olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. The colors and flavors of the ingredients combined beautifully, creating a dish that was as delicious as it was nutritious.

I was in awe of Mrs. Patel's skill in the kitchen, and I knew that I wanted to learn more from her. Over the years, she became a mentor to me, sharing her knowledge and expertise in cooking. She taught me how to balance flavors, how to use spices and herbs, and how to create dishes that were both satisfying and nourishing.

As I grew older and started a family of my own, I began to experiment with the Chickpea Salad recipe, adding my own twists and variations. I discovered that I could customize the salad by adding different vegetables, herbs, and seasonings. Sometimes I would throw in some feta cheese or olives for a Mediterranean flair, or I would spice it up with some cumin and chili powder for a Mexican twist.

The Chickpea Salad became a staple in our household, a dish that we would enjoy on lazy summer afternoons or as a side dish at barbecues and picnics. It was a versatile recipe that could be served on its own as a light lunch or paired with grilled chicken or fish for a more substantial meal.

Over the years, I shared the recipe with friends and family, passing on the tradition of making Chickpea Salad to the next generation. I taught my children how to make it, and they in turn taught their friends. The recipe became a part of our family history, a link to the past and a connection to the future.

As I look back on those early days in the village, I am grateful for the friendships I formed and the lessons I learned in the kitchen. Cooking has always been a passion of mine, a way to express creativity and love. The Chickpea Salad recipe will always hold a special place in my heart, a reminder of the joy and satisfaction that comes from sharing good food with the ones you love.


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