Mediterranean Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Filled with roasted chickpeas, cucumbers, olives, and artichoke hearts, this Mediterranean Salad is sure to be a favorite.

Filled with roasted chickpeas, cucumbers, olives, and artichoke hearts, this Mediterranean Salad is sure to be a favorite.

Spring is in the air, and salad for dinner is one of my favorite things to transition to this time of year. I LOVE all things Mediterranean in flavor, and this salad is one of my all-time favorites. The roasted chickpeas add enough fiber/protein that you can serve this as-is for a main dish (though the addition of some grilled chicken or shrimp would be delicious), which makes it one of my favorite meatless hearty salads. You can also serve this as a side dish. This would be great with any kind of grilled protein, fresh stone fruit, and maybe a warm couscous or rice dish to go along with it. No matter how you serve it, Mediterranean Salad with Roasted Chickpeas is going to be a favorite all spring/summer/year long.

Can we talk for 2 seconds that is the wonder known as roasted chickpeas? We’ve been obsessed with them all year long and there’s no end in sight. You guys, they are so good warm right off the pan. Don’t think you have to save them for a salad – you can eat them as soon as they come out of the oven for a snack. I love that they are inexpensive to make, they are quick to prepare (takes about a minute to get them into the oven), and when they come out of the oven, they are warm, crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and so delicious.  Plus, you can add whatever seasonings you like to them; you really could add anything that you like, want, or have on hand. It’s very flexible!

Mediterranean Salad


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Mediterranean Salad with Roasted Chickpeas
 
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Makes: Serves 4 as a main dish or 8-10 as a side
Ingredients
For the roasted chickpeas
  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 15-ounces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon EACH kosher salt, garlic powder, black pepper
For the salad
  • 4-5 cups salad greens (baby spinach, baby kale, Swiss chard, and/or Romaine are all great)
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • 1 cup grape tomato halves
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • ½ to 1 cup kalamata olives (pitted)
  • ½ to 1 cup bottled artichoke hearts, drained
  • Vinaigrette or roasted garlic dressing for serving
Instructions
For the roasted chickpeas
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Drain the chickpeas and then give them a good rinse with cold water. Place them on a layer of paper towel and use another paper towel to blot of some of the extra water.
  2. Place the chickpeas in a small bowl and add the olive oil. Give the chickpeas a stir so that the oil coats them well. Add the salt, garlic, and pepper and stir again to combine.
  3. Place the seasoned chickpeas on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the outside is crispy and darkened and the inside is creamy. Remove from the oven and let them cool at least 10 minutes before adding them to the salad.
To assemble the salad
  1. Place your greens on the bottom of your serving dish. Place the roasted chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and artichokes on top. Serve with your favorite dressing. I recommend a classic vinaigrette or roasted garlic dressing (both are linked to in the post).
Notes
This would also be excellent with the addition of feta cheese.

 

This recipe is great with this classic vinaigrette recipe (you can also sub the called for vinegar for balsamic, that’s great too). This roasted garlic dressing is also one of my favorites on this salad. I’d recommend both for this Mediterranean salad!

Roasted Chickpeas

We tilled up our garden a few weeks ago and I planted exactly one row. It included peas (shell and snow/edible pod), which I pretty much just plan on having the kids eating, plus a few radishes (because radishes on toast is my favorite), plus Swiss chard. Fresh rainbow Swiss chard from the garden is one of my very favorite things to plant. I pick it nice and little and use it in everything I would spinach. It doesn’t bolt or go bitter like spinach does in the desert heat, so I love to grow it. I throw it in smoothies and use it in all my salads/tacos/on burgers. I can’t wait until it’s ready to harvest in a few weeks to make this salad with. And let’s just take a minute to dream about fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers. I can almost taste them…

I’m planning on planting cabbage, green onions, normal onions (white/yellow/red), carrots, and beets this week. Then we’ll have to wait until May to finish planting all of our cold sensitive plants. Last year was a year off of gardening, but I’m so excited to be back at it again. I’ll be sure to share some updates as I have things to show.

While we are on the topic of hobby farming, my chickens are laying SO well! I’m getting 10-16 eggs A DAY! That’s so many eggs. We eat a whole lot of scrambled eggs, egg bake for dinner, and egg salad for lunch. Even with all of our eating and baking, I’m not keeping up with the chickens. I officially have more eggs than I can use, and that is something that has never happened to me before. It is wonderful and I’m not at all sad about it. We’ve been giving eggs to friends and family and it’s such a wonderful pretty gift to give. If you were closer, I’d be pawning them off on you too.

 

Mediterranean Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

There you have it. A little recap of a beautiful salad, dreams of summer produce, and an update on how our little hobby farm is going. I plan on a house update, too – it’s coming along and I have a lot to show you!

Enjoy this salad, from my home to yours.

Mediterranean Salad

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