International Cuisine, Salad

Lebanese Chickpea Salad with Zataar | Vegan, Raw, GF

As much as I am a soup person, I also like light salads that don’t break the bank or takes very little time to put together and yet nutritious. This week, Sujata Shukla gave us #LevantineCuisine as the theme for week 181 #FoodieMondayBloghop. Sujata has an amazing collection of recipes from around the world, including very traditional recipes from parts of India too. I especially admire her salads and dishes that are cooked with fresh, clean ingredients and have bookmarked many to try out. 

I had cooked many dishes from this region earlier, and after Indian, I have a thing for Middle Eastern and Levantine Cuisine. Although I had many ideas and bookmarks for this cuisine, the week and the weekend particularly was chaotic, so I opted for a simple, yet yummy salad featuring Chickpeas that was very filling as a meal by itself. My husband is a huge fan of salads, and although he couldn’t eat this , I shall be making this slightly more elaborately again. 


Having cooked chickpeas always in my freezer, this was a breeze to make and eat. Do make this for your family and let me know how they liked it.  you may also use Canned chickpeas (drained) to make this or soak and pressure cook the raw chickpeas as done the traditional way

Prep time – 10 mins, Cook time – Nil (If you have cooked chickpeas on hand), Serves – 1



Cooked Chickpeas / Canned (and drained) – 1/2 cup

Cubed Cucumber – 1/4 cup

Deseeded and cubed tomato – 1/4 cup

Onions – 1/4 – chopped / cubed

Chopped bell peppers – 1/4 cup

Salt & pepper – to taste

Dressing : 1 tsp Olive Oil. 1/4 tsp Cider Vinegar, 1/2 tsp Zataar (a middle eastern spice), 1/2 tsp homemade dried mint powder, Lemon juice, 1/4 tsp brown sugar (opt.)

Chopped parsley / fresh coriander – 1/2 T – for garnish


How to:

In a bowl, whisk all ingredients for the dressing well and refrigerate it. 

In another bowl, add all the other ingredients (apart from the dressing and garnish) and chill for 30 mins.

Just before serving, add the dressing to the salad ingredients, mix well, garnish and serve chilled



Other Middle Eastern + Levantine dishes on the blog:

Laffa – Middle Eastern Flatbread 


Baked Pita Bread


Beetroot Hummus


Lebanese Meal with Baked Falafels, Roasted Veggies, Pita


Baked Potato and Chickpea Soup


Baked Falafels


 Qatari Kahwa (Date Spiced Coffee – no milk added)


Umm Ali (Arabic Dessert) – Low Fat Version


Baba Ghanoush – Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip


Omani Minty – Lentil Pilaf


Moroccan Harira – Chickpea Broth


Muhammara (with a twist) served with homemade Lavash




  1. preethi'scuisine

    Zatar spiced chickpea salad looks so tempting. Love this colourful medley of veggies in the salad.Fantastic share Kalyani.

  2. Poonam Bachhav

    Your Lebanese chickpea salad looks absolutely refreshing and flavorful Kalyani ! I can happily have this healthy salad any time of the day.

  3. I love the look and sound of this Lebanese style salad! So delicious and inviting! I'm surely going to try this out. 🙂

  4. Salad looks so healthy, flavourful and delicious. Loved this simple yet yummy recipe.

  5. Vidya Narayan

    Chickpea salad is super right Kal? Like you, one or the other pulses are always in my refrigerator too .. its the safest way to snack and sometimes our dinner too. Keeps away the cravings. Loved the dressing recipe particularly with cider vinegar adding the zing.

  6. This salads is going straight into my grain bowl lunch dish. I have stocks of za'atar ( a lovely blend) and the other ingredients are always at hand. Just have to remember to soak the chickpeas the night before I want to make the salad, and then pressure cook it. Putting the salad together sounds a breeze! Sujata Shukla of PepperOnPizza

  7. I sure want will want to gobble this delicious bowl of salad. I will like you keep some of these in fridge from now on.

  8. mildly indian

    super cool use of Zatar in the salad , this looks so amazing. with all these crisp element and the chickpea it is a perfect lunch.

  9. mildly indian

    super cool use of Zatar in the salad , this looks so amazing. with all these crisp element and the chickpea it is a perfect lunch.

  10. Mayuri Patel

    Indian flavored and Levantine flavored chickpea salad is my favorite. I love how refreshing and light the salad tastes and adding zaatar is a must. I love it.

  11. Chickpea Salad looks so refreshing !!! So simple to make and taste so yum as well   I just love this at any time of the day kalyani 🙂

  12. I love this idea of storing chickpeas in freezer. Never done it. This salad looks so refreshing. And I love zaatar and sumac too.May be I will make this salad soon

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