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Loaded chickpea salad

Updated: Jun 30


Welcome to! Here, we believe that salads can be vibrant, hearty, and absolutely satisfying. Today, we’re thrilled to introduce a recipe that checks all those boxes: Loaded Chickpea Salad. Packed with protein-rich chickpeas, fresh veggies, and a tangy dressing, this salad is a perfect blend of flavors and textures. It’s not just a side dish; it’s a meal in itself, ideal for lunch, dinner, or a nutritious snack.

Let’s dive into how to make this delicious and wholesome Loaded Chickpea Salad!

A recipe from Amanda Liptak, RDN, CLT, CA

Adopted from Mind Body Green

Serves 4-6. Serve as a side or in a bed of dark leafy greens. 


  • 1 1/4 cup chickpeas, rinsed well and drained

  • 2 TBSP fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 1/3rd cup red onion, chopped

  • 1/3rd cup celery, chopped

  • 1/4th cup red pepper, diced

  • 1/3rd cup sliced cherry tomatoes

  • 1/4 tsp cracked pepper

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano

  • 3 1/2 TBSP lemon juice, fresh

  • 2 TBSP high quality extra virgin olive oil


  1. Combine all in a large mixing bowl. Toss and refrigerate until ready to serve. Keeps in fridge for up to 5 days. Tastes the best when  flavors are able to marinate overnight. I love to garnish with fresh feta cheese! Enjoy!

Why You’ll Love Loaded Chickpea Salad:

  • Nutrient-packed: This salad is filled with a variety of fresh vegetables, providing essential vitamins and minerals.

  • High in protein: Chickpeas offer a substantial amount of plant-based protein, making this salad satisfying and perfect for a meatless meal.

  • Flavorful and satisfying: The combination of crunchy veggies, creamy avocado, tangy feta, and a zesty dressing creates a harmonious blend of flavors and textures.

  • Quick and easy: This salad comes together in just a few minutes, making it ideal for busy days.

  • Versatile: Enjoy it as a main dish, a side salad, or even as a filling for wraps or pita bread.

Tips for Customizing Your Loaded Chickpea Salad:

  • Add more veggies: Feel free to add other vegetables like shredded carrots, diced zucchini, or roasted red peppers.

  • Switch up the greens: Add some leafy greens like spinach, arugula, or kale for extra nutrients and variety.

  • Protein boost: If you want to add more protein, grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu are great options.

  • Flavor twist: Experiment with different herbs and spices in the dressing, or try a lemon tahini dressing for a different flavor profile.

We hope you enjoy making and savoring this Loaded Chickpea Salad! It’s a delightful, nutritious way to keep your meals vibrant and satisfying. Let us know how you customize your salad and share your favorite additions. Happy salad-making!

A Final Note

Here at Nutrient Rich Life we believe that variety is the spice of life! We encourage everyone to make all foods fit as much as possible and that includes eating more plants and cooking in a way that adds fun and flavor to your life! 

Amanda Liptak

Hi, I'm Amanda!

Functional weight loss coach, registered dietitian nutritionist and mom of one picky eater with multiple food allergies! I'm a big believer that if you can learn to fish -- you can eat for life! So this blog is dedicated to helping you learn to toss out the food myths that result in unnecessary food stress so that you can become a confident, healthy eater!


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