Chickpea Salad

Mediterranean chickpea salad

You know how Americans will call anything with feta cheese a “Mediterranean” dish? Excuse me while I do that.

Sometimes I wonder what real Mediterranean cuisine is like, but then I remember I don’t really care so long is there is feta. And olives. This simple one-dish, mix-and-go recipe contains both plus chickpeas. Does it get any better? (It does if you top it with avocado, but I digress…)

Chickpeas, feta, olives, red onion, olive oil

This “recipe” is not set in stone. You love feta? Add more feta! You hate onions? Leave them out! You really can’t mess something like this up. (But if you do, don’t blame me.)

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
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Serves: 2

I don’t care what anyone tells you… these sardine salads I’ve been seeing around the blogosphere are gross. Don’t do it. Don’t they have bones? And eyeballs? Ack… You know what doesn’t have bones or eyeballs? Chickpeas. Ah yes, the world’s most perfect legume is paired with salty feta, meaty olives, a spritz of lemon and a kick of red onion for a quick and easy salad that’s just as good by the spoonful out of the bowl as it is atop a bed of greens or stuffed in a pita. Go to town.
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • half of 1 small red onion, minced
  • ⅓ cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • ⅓ cup feta cheese
  • juice of half a lemon
  • olive oil to taste* (Note: My olives were packed in oil so I skipped adding any more)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir. Chill (or don’t). Eat.

Not sardines

Notice how I had fat-free cheese but added an avocado? Give and take, y’all. Yin and yang. Balance. You know.

I’m proud to report that I dressed appropriately for work for the second day in a row.


And yes I do feel like I deserve some kind of award because I usually look like this:


I’m off to bed to curl up with this sexy little story…

Nerd alert!

Like opening up candy.

6 thoughts on “Chickpea Salad

  1. Anything with feta cheese IS Mediterranean – Right – I mean it DOES come from goats a.k.a. animal of the Mediterranean lol I totally feel ya about dressing “right” for work – I hate when they give a dress code too – it worries me that I am always wearing the wrong outfit!

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