I used fewer beans and more tomatoes, olives, and herbs for a more carb-conscious version of Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Olives. If Chickpeas are not your favorite, use a different type of bean for this tasty vegetarian salad. 

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For people with tomatoes in the garden, we’re approaching that point in the summer where some kind of salad that uses tomatoes is going to appear on the table nearly every day, and this Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Olives is lovely for a summer side dish, or even as a main-dish salad for a light meal. And if you have some fresh herbs in your garden, this salad is a perfect way to spotlight them.

I’ve always been quite a fan of chickpeas, but when I made this salad again recently to re-shoot the old photos, I decided to reduce the amount of chickpeas to make the salad a bit more carb-conscious. That gave me a chance to use more tomatoes, olives, and herbs, which in my opinion only made the salad better!

This salad was originally inspired by one I saw in Joanne Weir’s From Tapas to Meze (affiliate link) but I improvised on it after thinking about what needed to be used in the garden and what would taste good with chickpeas. And if you have a garden where you’re growing herbs, this is a great time to use plenty of them!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

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What makes Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Olives so flavorful?

Of course using fresh garden tomatoes and pungent Greek Olives adds flavor to this chickpea salad recipe. But please be sure not to skip the fresh basil and fresh parsley, which is definitely another thing that makes the salad so delicious. If you have other fresh herbs in the garden, throw some of those in as well!

What beans can you use for this salad?

If you’re not a fan of chickpeas, this salad would be delicious with other types of beans, especially Cannellini Beans or Pinto Beans.

What olives did I use for Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Olives?

I used Pitted Kalamata Olives (affiliate link) for this salad, but if those strongly-flavored Greek Olives are not your jam, just use regular black olives. I’d also love this salad with green olives if you like those.

How to make Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes lower in carbs:

When I re-shot the photos I made this salad lower in carbs by cutting it down to only one can of chickpeas, which gave me a salad with 17 net carbs in a serving. But I love the interesting idea in the comments from a reader who suggests replacing chickpeas with chopped pieces of cauliflower!

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How to make Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Herbs:

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  1. Whether you soak chickpeas and cook them from scratch or just rinse canned chickpeas, don’t skip the step of marinating the beans in some red wine vinegar and lemon juice while you prep other ingredients!
  2. Then cut up tomatoes (and drain in a colander if they’re juicy), slice olives, and chop red onion and toss the other ingredients with the marinating beans.
  3. Chop up a generous amount of fresh basil and parsley, or any other fresh herbs you’re using. I used my favorite Herb Scissors (affiliate link) to cut up the basil.
  4. Toss herbs with the marinating ingredients.
  5. Then whisk together red wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
  6. Add the dressing to ingredients in the bowl, and toss the entire salad again.
  7. Season Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper and serve.
  8. This will keep pretty well in the fridge overnight, but it’s definitely best freshly made.

Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Herbs in serving bowl with fork and green napkin

Make it a Healthy Meal:

For a healthy dinner this Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Olives would make a great side dish for something like Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Capers, Grilled Sausage and Peppers, Marinated Beef Kabobs, or Chicken Cutlets with Mustard Sauce.

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Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Herbs in serving bowl with fork and green napkin
Yield: 6 servings

Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Olives

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

This Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Olives is a delicious summer salad using fresh garden tomatoes and lots of flavorful fresh herbs.

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients:

  • one 15 oz. garbanzo beans, well rinsed and drained
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice (See notes)
  • 2 diced tomatoes, cut in 1/2 inch pieces then drained
  • 3/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, sliced into lengthwise slivers
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (or more)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley (or more)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 5 T best quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh-ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Drain chickpeas into colander and rinse with cold water until no more foam appears.
  2. Let beans drain well, then place in large plastic bowl and toss with 1 T red wine vinegar and 1 T fresh lemon juice.
  3. Chop tomatoes and drain in a colander while you chop the onions and slice olives.
  4. Then add drained tomatoes, chopped onions, and sliced olives to the bowl with the marinating beans.
  5. Wash and dry basil and parsley, using salad spinner (affiliate link) or washing in the sink and drying with paper towels.
  6. Finely chop herbs, then add to marinating salad ingredients and gently combine.
  7. Put 3 T red wine vinegar and 2 tsp fresh lemon juice in a small bowl or glass measuring cup, then whisk in olive oil until dressing is emulsified. Stir salt and pepper into dressing.
  8. Gently mix dressing into salad, then season to taste with additional salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  9. The salad can marinate at room temperature for an hour or two before serving.
  10. I did refrigerate leftovers with pretty good results, but it’s definitely best when freshly made and before being refrigerated.

Notes

I like to use my fresh-frozen lemon juice for recipes that call for fresh squeezed lemon juice.

This recipe was inspired by a chickpea salad inย From Tapas to Meze (affiliate link) with additional inspiration from Kalynโ€™s garden.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 476mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 8gSugar: 6gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Olives is great for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. With the reduced amount of beans, it has 17 carbs per serving which might work for some low-carb diets.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This salad was posted in 2008. It was updated with better photos and a lower-carb option in 2016 and the recipe was last updated with more information in 2023.

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