A fun twist on tabbouleh, this chopped Lebanese chickpea salad is bursting with fresh flavors and packed with protein.
One 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.
I believe I’ve been so successful along my weight loss journey because I focus on high protein, low carb meals. As such, 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.
My 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 one of my kids’ favorite snack food. If you love chickpeas as they do, I have a great list of my readers’ favorite recipes using chickpeas that are easy to make as well.
Za’atar is my secret weapon for giving the salad a toasted, earthy flavor that really makes it stand out.
What is Za’atar?
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 its own, you can always add grilled chicken or beef shawarma on top for even more protein.
How to make Lebanese chickpea salad
This recipe is so simple, probably the hardest part is just chopping up all the vegetables. Make sure to cut them small enough into bite size pieces.
Put all the chopped veggies and rinsed chickpeas together in a large bowl, and then toss with olive oil, lemon juice, and spices.
You can serve immediately or chill first before dishing up alongside your favorite protein.
Frequently Asked Questions
It lasts up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can substitute dried thyme, oregano, and/or parsley if you can’t find za’atar. It won’t taste quite the same but it will come pretty close.
Sure can! You just might want to increase the dressing, too.
With protein from the chickpeas, vitamins and minerals from the veggies, and flavor from the lemon and za’atar, you really can’t go wrong with this salad.
Your fork is waiting.
Lebanese Chickpea Salad
- 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 2 roma tomatoes diced
- ½ cup cucumber diced
- ½ cup red pepper diced
- ½ cup red onion diced
- ¼ cup parsley mined
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried mint or 2 tablespoons fresh mint
- 1 tablespoon za’atar
- 1 clove garlic grated
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well to combine.
- Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.