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Easy Vegan Chickpea Salad with Garlic Zata’ar Vinaigrette

Chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, and cucumber are enveloped in a garlic zata’ar vinaigrette in this tasty and easy vegan chickpea salad. Whip up a double batch of this salad for your next get-together. Or, prep it on Sunday and have a healthy side salad to enjoy at lunch for a couple of days.

large bowl of plant-based easy chickpea salad.

This chickpea salad is one of our summer favorites. I love making a batch of this salad and having it on hand for a quick and light lunch. This tasty plant-based salad is delicious and filling.

Packed with plant-based protein, a serving of this makes for a satisfying lunch when I am in the mood for a light afternoon meal. This versatile salad can also be served as a side dish at a summer gathering or your evening meal.

We love this easy chickpea salad and consider it our version of good-mood-food because:

• It is so tasty,
• It is incredibly versatile,
• It is nutritious,
• It is plant-based,
• It is pleasantly filling, and
• It can be made with only 9 ingredients!

Prepping veggies to make vegan chickpea salad in a large grey bowl

What are the 9 ingredients needed to make this salad and the garlic zata’ar vinaigrette?

You will need the following:

  1. Garlic
  2. Salt (kosher salt preferably)
  3. Lemon juice
  4. Olive oil
  5. Zata’ar
  6. Cucumber 
  7. Tomaro
  8. Red onion
  9. Chickpeas (I used canned chickpeas)

The first five ingredients on the list, (garlic, salt, lemon, olive oil, and zata’ar) are needed to make the tasty vinaigrette. Though the remaining 4 ingredients are the building blocks of this salad, they can be substituted.

While this is a chickpea salad, if you are not fond of chickpeas, then you can use black beans or navy beans instead. If tomatoes are not your jam – then use some bell pepper. If you like you can add some chopped lettuce, ribboned carrots, and/or some nuts to this salad to amp it up.

My daughter and I have enjoyed many versions of this salad, but our favorite is the simple chickpea salad you see here. Just chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion and diced cucumber tossed in a garlic zata’ar vinaigrette.

How do you make the garlic zata’ar dressing for this vegan chickpea salad?

Crushing or "creaming" garlic salt for dressing

This vinaigrette is so easy to make. I like to chop up the garlic as small as possible. Then, I add a bit of kosher salt to it. And, using my knife blade at an angle, I like to smoosh it up so the garlic is crushed and releases all its flavor. The coarse kosher salt helps in breaking down the garlic so it is easier to crush. I then add in some fresh lemon juice, some zata’ar, and then I whisk in some olive oil.

This is a simple vinaigrette that you can make in 5-10 minutes with the garlic crushing being the most time-consuming part.

And, this vinaigrette manages to enhance the flavor of the cucumber and tomato while it complements the red onion and chickpeas, adding so many layers of flavor to this salad. By the way, you can double or triple this vinaigrette recipe and use it with all your other summer salads too.

Pouring over Garlic Vinaigrette onto easy chickpea salad


Do the canned chickpeas need to be washed?

If you are using canned chickpeas in this dish, they need to be drained and rinsed. Not only does this help the chickpeas absorb the flavors they are surrounded by, but this also helps cut down on the salt content.

How long will this chickpea salad last in the fridge?

You can store this chickpea salad in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Can you make the vinaigrette for this salad without the zata’ar?

You can make this vinaigrette without the zata’ar – but that cuts out on so much of the flavor the zata’ar brings t this dish. Zata’ar can be found at most local grocery stores. however, if you would like to leave it out, you can add in some chopped fresh herbs to this salad.

Tossing a bowl of Chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, and cucumber are enveloped in a garlic zata’ar vinaigrette in this tasty and easy vegan chickpea salad.

I hope you and your family enjoy this salad as much as my daughter and I do.
Let me know in the comments below if you make this salad – tag @savoryspin on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest so your creation can be featured.

large bowl of plant-based easy chickpea salad.

Easy Vegan Chickpea Salad with Garlic Zata’ar Vinaigrette

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Shashi
Chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, and cucumber are enveloped in a garlic zata’ar vinaigrette in this tasty and easy vegan chickpea salad. Whip up a batch of this salad for your next get-together. Or, prep it on Sunday and have a healthy side salad to enjoy at lunch for a couple of days.


For the garlic zata’ar vinaigrette:

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp zataar

For the salad:

  • 1 long cucumber
  • 1 tomaro
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • garlic zata’ar vinaigrette


  • Peel the garlic cloves and red onion. Set the red onion aside.
  • Chop up the garlic as small as possible. Then, add a pinch of kosher salt to it. And, usingyour knife blade at an angle, drag it across the garlic, crushing it in the process. Repeat this several times until the garlic looks almost creamed. Add crushed garlic to a bowl.
  • To that bowl, also add in the fresh lemon juice and zata’ar and mix well.
  • Then, whisk in the olive oil.
  • Clean and chop the cucumber by slicing lengthwise into half, then cutting each half into halves and chopping these up, then add to a large bowl.
  • Also clean and chop the tomato and add to the bowl as well.
  • Chop up the peeled onion and add to the bowl.
  • Drain and rinse the canned chickpeas and add these to the bowl.
  • Pour over the garlic zataar vinaigrette and toss well so all ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Enjoy then or refrigerate in an air tight container and enjoy later.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 311mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g
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  1. Ah, this sounds like a fantastic summer side dish, Shashi! Chickpeas are so versatile in recipes like this, and that vinaigrette is really packed with flavor. I could see this appearing next to all sorts of grilled summer foods…yum!!

  2. Loved how quickly and easily this comes together! An excellent side dish that pairs with just about anything; delish!

  3. I have everything to make this and I will have it for lunch next week. I have recently fallen in love with chickpeas and I love the dressing that comes with this.

  4. You had me at garlic zata’ar vinaigrette! This salad looks so beautiful with all that color and I love all those flavors. Yum!

  5. This is the perfect salad for hot days! I love chickpeas and there are so many veggies in this recipe. I’m firing up the grill this weekend and will try this recipe with our steaks!

  6. I love everything about this chickpea salad! So easy, perfect for any occasion, and healthy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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