This Greek Chickpea Salad pays homage to my desire to travel to Greece someday.

Post contribution by MNT Dietitian, Haley Goodfellow 

I used to be a somewhat picky eater, but over the years, my pallet has really expanded, and I actually crave  the intense flavor combinations and Greek food. Sometimes I enjoy this versatile recipe for breakfast, tossed with scrambled eggs. As a main dish for lunch paired with whole-wheat pita dish or as a side dish for dinner.  It’s the perfect make-ahead dish. With time, the lemon marinade flavors the chickpeas, bringing more depth and flavor.  

woman's hand holding pita bread with chickpea salad

Greek Chickpea Salad, What’s the Short-Cut?  

trader joe's tzatziki sauce

Trader Joe’s is a magical place that never disappoints with its variety of unique sauce and dip options. Their  Tzatziki Creamy Garlic & Cucumber dip takes this Greek Chickpea Salad to the next level. Tradition Tzatziki has either a Greek yogurt or cream base, fresh dill, grated cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Certainly, you could make your own, but TJ’s pre-made version is extremely convenient, plus equally delicious.

Reap in the Health Benefits from Mediterranean Foods

This Mediterranean bowl follows a Mediterranean style of eating (surprise, surprise). The Mediterranean diet is one of the most well-researched and supported pattern of eating for overall health. It continues to top the best diet of the year chart! You can’t beat this sustainable diet that’s rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as herbs and spices and omega-3 fatty acids. Keep it plant-based with protein-rich chickpeas or add chicken, beef or lamb! 

Cheers to a versatile dish that brings the Greek life to your table for any meal of the day!

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woman's hand holding pita bread with chickpea salad

McDaniel Short-Cut Recipe: Greek Chickpea Salad Bowl


  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients

Scale

 

  • 2, (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and dried
  • 2 c. diced cucumber
  • 2 c. halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. diced red onion
  • 1/2 c. kalamata olives
  • 1 (4oz) container of feta cheese
  • 1 c. chopped parsley
  • 1 T. fresh chopped dill (optional- adds a lot of flavor)
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ c. Trader Joe’s Tzatziki sauce

 


Instructions

  1. Add all of the salad ingredients to a large serving bowl, except for Tzatziki sauce. Combine. 
  2. When ready to serve, drizzle Tzatziki sauce on top of your salad.
  • Category: side-dish
  • Cuisine: meditteranean

Keywords: greek chickpea salad bowl

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.