Chickpea salad in Italian dressing

I am always on the lookout for easy and healthy recipes that would be ideal for the children to have when they return from school. This is because we are out at work and I have to prepare something nice in the morning itself and keep it with my friendly and kind neighbour, M Aunty. A healthy salad/fruit juice or smoothie is ideal as it remains fresh, provides essential nutrients and at the same time is not heavy on the stomach. As my son is now more open to different tastes than earlier I googled for simple Italian dresssings for the Kabuli Chana I had. They have got tired of the chaat masala dressing and since both of them love the flavors of oregano and olive oil I felt the recipe I found here would be most suited to the salad I had in mind. It is an easy Italian Vinaigrette recipe but without vinegar.

Recipe: Chickpeas salad


3 Cups – Kabuli chana/Chickpeas – Soaked and cooked with a little salt till soft
1/2 Cup Chopped Cucumber
1 Small Tomato Chopped
3 Blanched Almonds – Chopped into 4 bits each
1 Tbsp. of Pomegranate Seeds would have been nice but I did not have the time to do deseed the fruit


1Tbsp. – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
A dash of Garlic – I just grated 1/2 a pod
About 1/4 Tsp – Black Pepper ground
Sprinkling of dried Oregano, Parsley and Kasuri Methi / dried Fenugreek Leaves
Salt to taste


A Tbsp. of Chopped Coriander Leaves.


Mix the salad ingredients in a wide bowl and chill for sometime.
Prepare the dressing, and pour over the salad. Toss lightly, and garnish.

This tasted really nice and easy and can pass off as a side snack with drinks when I have guests over. Serve immediately as it starts sweating out water when kept for some time.


Harini is a vegan food photographer, writer and recipe developer. She also loves feeding birds, reading, watching crime thrillers, and travelling amongst other things.

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  • Pragyan

    Hello, Kabuli chana salad is wonderful. I do something similar with kala chana. Will try with kabuli chana..thanks for sharing.

  • jayasree

    Salad looks colorful and delicious.

    Thank you so much for the friendship tag. Thanks to arusuvai for bringing us together.

  • Illatharasi

    New way to eat chickpeas;)

    Thank you so much, I am very happy to be your friend:)

  • Sharmila

    Congrats on the award Sunshine … and Thank you … am glad to be known as your friend ..and yes .. that is a good way of using chana … other than the usual masala stuff … I love cold salads .. and this is one am going to try .. 🙂

  • Sunshinemom

    Nupur – Welcome, and thanks for the idea! I use rajma for the weights generally but this seems a better idea:) No the pebbles are not meant for that.

    Cham – Thanks! These are real pebbles!

    Arundathi – Thanks!

    Hetal – Thanks! Coming over pronto:)

  • Hetal

    lovely salad…I have a treat for you in my blog,check it out..

  • Arundathi

    lovely lovely salad…

  • Cham

    Thank you so much to passing the award 🙂 I always love to visit ur spot for a simple , day to day recipes….Congrats!

  • Cham

    Great cold salad 🙂 nice dressing for channa! For the guess: is that choco chip?

  • Nupur

    The salad looks delicious.
    Are the pebbles going to be used to “blind-bake” a pie crust by some chance??

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