A quick, filling meal doesn't get any easier than this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. This was inspired by one of our favorite side dishes, Israeli Salad. My version is beefed up with protein and fiber packed marinated chickpeas and served simply with grilled pita bread. It's an incredibly flexible and forgiving recipe, so it's perfect for everything from meal prep to a potluck salad or weeknight side dish.
Drain the chick peas, transfer to a strainer, then rinse under cool running water until the water runs clean from the strainer.
In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas with the lemon juice, olive oil, paprika, and salt. Stir to combine. Cover the bowl and transfer to the fridge. Marinate at least 15 minutes and up to an hour.
While the chickpeas marinate, dice the vegetables and chop the fresh herbs.
Add the tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, onion, mint, and parsley to the marinated chickpeas and toss to combine. Taste for seasoning and add additional salt, pepper, or lemon juice if needed until the flavor pops.
Serve immediately with fresh pita. If time permits, chill for 30 minutes, then serve. Store leftovers in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
Substitute chickpeas 3 cups of cooked-from-scratch chickpeas for canned chickpeas.
If time allows, chill the finished salad for 30 minutes.
Season with salt conservatively if using canned chickpeas as they tend to have a high sodium content. Taste for seasoning at the end and add more if needed.
Dice the vegetables to a uniform size of about half an inch, roughly the size of a chickpea, for best texture.
Optional: add a a cup of feta cheese along with the chopped vegetables.