Lebanese Chopped Salad with Chickpeas

A fun twist on tabbouleh, this Lebanese chopped salad is bursting with fresh flavors and packed with protein.

Lebanese Chopped Salad with Chickpeas - The Lemon BowlOne of the reasons I always crave Lebanese food is because of the way it makes me feel after I eat it. Light, flavorful and protein-packed, I never feel heavy or weighed down after I eat Middle Eastern food. I wish I could say the same about a giant slice of pizza or a gooey grilled cheese.

As I continue focusing on high protein, low carb meals as I work off the baby weight, Lebanese food remains front and center in my diet. Naturally gluten free, it relies on ingredients like fresh garlic, plenty of lemon juice and lots of fresh herbs to add tons of flavor without a lot of added calories.

Lebanese Chickpea Chopped Salad - The Lemon BowMy Lebanese Chopped Salad with Chickpeas is a fun play on the traditional tabbouleh salad. For added protein and filling fiber, I added chickpeas which happen to be my 2 year olds favorite snack food at the moment.

Za'atar - The Lemon BowlZa’atar is my secret weapon for giving the salad a toasted, earthy flavor that really makes it stand out. If you’ve never tried za’atar before, it’s a popular Middle Eastern spice blend made with thyme, sumac, toasted sesame seeds and other spices. You can make it yourself but my family has always loved Ziyad’s green za’atar.

While I’m not strictly gluten free, I often suggest recipes like this to people navigating a gluten free lifestyle. There is nothing about this dish that makes you feel deprived. Satisfying on it’s own, you can always add grilled chicken or beef shawarma on top for even more protein.

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Lebanese Chopped Salad with Chickpeas
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A fun twist on tabbouleh, this Lebanese chopped salad with chickpeas is bursting with fresh flavors and packed with protein.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
  • 1 can chickpeas - drained and rinsed
  • 2 roma tomatoes - diced
  • ½ cup diced cucumber
  • ½ cup diced red pepper
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup minced parsley
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried mint or 2 tablespoons fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon za'atar
  • 1 garlic clove - grated
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well to combine.
  2. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 177 Fat: 8.8 g Saturated fat: .9 g Unsaturated fat: 7.9 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 24.5 g Sugar: 4.2 g Sodium: 613 mg Fiber: 7.1 g Protein: 6 g


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  1. says

    I love za’atar..I have a huge package just like you showed! And I also love sumac. SO many great spices. This salad looks just wonderful. I wish I had a bowl rightn ow.

  2. says

    So glad you turned me on to za’atar! This looks delicious, and yes, I never feel gross after eating middle eastern food (as long as I control the pita intake 😉 ).

    • says

      Oh I’m so glad you have za’atar on hand!! Another tasty use for za’atar is to take pita bread, brush with olive oil then sprinkle with za’atar and salt. Bake at 350 for a few minutes until it gets warm and toasty. Or you can just dip freshly baked pita bread (warm is best) in olive oil with za’atar. OR, I love to sprinkle za’atar on labneh yogurt and eat with pita. :) Love, Obsessed Olga

  3. says

    Looooove all your amazing Middle Easter recipes, including this one! I also love how you introduce all these awesome new ingredients, and in a salad none the less! I am definitely going to be trying this one asap!

  4. says

    This looks fantastic! I saw this on your Za’atar Crusted Grilled Pork Chops and had to come and check out this recipe! I can’t wait to try this- it seems like it would go great on chicken like you suggested or as a topping on a crostini :)

  5. Nicole says

    Salad looks great, unfortunately I have never seen Zatar where I live, so I would have to order online. Can you direct me to a website where I can get it. Oh by the way I live in Trinidad in the Caribbean.

  6. Cathy H says

    I just made this salad for about the 10th time since March .. when it first appeared on my Zite newsfeed. Your recipe also introduced me to Za’atar which is now a favourite spice. I buy multiple bags at a time from a small Persian store close to my home & give it to friends! I’m so glad I discovered your wonderful blog & the great recipes!

  7. pamela says

    I’m finishing my last paper of the semester, about the Lebanese NGO I worked with the past two summers, and I’m craving chopped salad in the worst way. I wasn’t at all surprised to see your blog at the top of the list when I googled “Lebanese chopped salad”. :) Sending a grocery list to my mister now…


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