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Arugula Chickpea Salad with Feta and Balsamic-Tahini Vinaigrette

It’s the touch of tahini in the dressing that puts this Arugula Chickpea Salad with Feta and Balsamic-Tahini Vinaigrette over the top but you can substitute peanut butter or almond butter if you don’t have tahini. Check out Salad Recipes to find more interesting salads like this one! 

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Arugula Chickpea Salad with Feta and Balsamic-Tahini Vinaigrette

I love quick recipes with interesting ingredients and lots of flavor, and this Arugula Chickpea Salad with Feta and Balsamic-Tahini Vinaigrette I made for lunch recently turned out to be a winner with the spicy flavor of arugula, creamy chickpeas, feta, and an interesting vinaigrette combination with balsamic vinegar, tahini, and a touch of lemon.

If you’re not as crazy about arugula or chickpeas as I am, you could make a milder version of this salad using spinach or regular white beans if you prefer. Adding a touch of tahini to the dressing was just an impulse for me, but I loved the richness of flavor it provided. If you don’t have tahini, try adding a little almond butter or peanut butter instead.
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Rinse the chickpeas well with cold water and let them drain while you mix the dressing. I forgot to take a photo of the dressing, but mix together the balsamic vinegar, tahini, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and then whisk in the olive oil. Then toss the drained chickpeas with 1 1/2 T of the dressing and let it marinate a few minutes.

Wash and dry the arugula if needed, but if you have baby arugula like I did it may not need washing. Toss the arugula with desired amount of dressing, just enough to lightly coat it. Then toss in marinated chickpeas and crumbled feta and gently combine. Season with fresh-ground black pepper and serve immediately.

More Salad Ideas with Chickpeas:

Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, Basil, and Parsley ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Kale and Chickpea Salad ~ Choosy Beggars
Garbanzo (Chickpea) Salad with Olives and Herbs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Healthy Chicken Chickpea Chopped Salad ~ Ambitious Kitchen
Carrot, Parsley, and Garbanzo (Chickpea) Salad with Cumin from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Arugula Chickpea Salad with Feta and Balsamic-Tahini Vinaigrette

This Arugula Chickpea Salad with Feta and Balsamic-Tahini Vinaigrette has a touch of tahini in the dressing and that puts this recipe over the top!



  • I can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed with cold water and drained well
  • 5 oz. baby arugula, washed and dried if needed
  • 2 T crumbled feta
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Tahini (ground sesame paste)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • pinch salt
  • 3 T olive oil


  1. Drain chickpeas into a colander placed in the sink, then rinse well with cold water until no more foam appears. Let chickpeas drain at least 5 minutes. (Sometimes I pat them dry with paper towels if they still seem wet.)
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the balsamic vinegar, Tahini Sauce (affiliate link), lemon juice, and salt.
  3. Whisk in olive oil, 1 T at a time, until dressing is emulsified.
  4. Mix 1 1/2 T of the dressing mixture with the drained chickpeas and let marinate for a few minutes.
  5. Wash and dry arugula if needed.
  6. Put arugula in medium-sized bowl and toss with desired amount of dressing, just enough to lightly coat the leaves. (You may not need all the dressing.)
  7. Toss in marinated chickpeas and feta and gently combine.
  8. Season to taste with fresh-ground black pepper and serve immediately.


This doesn’t keep well, so only make as much as you will be eating at that time.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycecmic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything in this Arugula Chickpea Salad with Feta and Balsamic-Tahini Vinaigrette would be a low-glycemic ingredient, making it good for any phase of the South Beach Diet. (Dried beans are allowed for phase one, but if you’re actively trying to lose weight it’s recommended to start with 1/3 to 1/2 cup serving size, then see how it affects your weight loss .) If you’re following a low-carb diet plan, you could skip the chickpeas for a low-carb salad that will still be delicious.

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    42 Comments on “Arugula Chickpea Salad with Feta and Balsamic-Tahini Vinaigrette”

  1. You had me at chickpeas…I never get tired of them! Love the flavor profile in the dressing too. Almost like a deconstructed hummus salad.

  2. Hi Kalyn…
    Ok, I just wondering what to do with the bag of arugula I picked up from the farmers' market the other day! I have chickpeas, almond butter and some fresh goat cheese…Thanks!

    (and thanks for the nice comment this morning about the tatsoi on Stephencooks!)

    best, Stephen

  3. The dressing sounds amazing, a great salad for spring.

  4. Looks like a perfect spring recipe! This will go well with my spicy pasta I am making later this week. Great post.

  5. Pam, that sounds good!

    Year on the Grill, thanks! I did like this photo.

    esper_d, Tahini will keep in the fridge for a long time. I think mine has been in the fridge for about 9 months now. I'd start with the same amount of peanut butter or almond butter, then taste to see if you want a bit more.

    Wazzup, be strong!

    Katie, thanks! I agree, Spring is so nice when it finally gets here.

    Joanne, I'm a huge tahini fan too.

    Katrina, good job. Good luck on phase one.

  6. Yummy! And perfect for today's lunch and my second serious day on South Beach – thank you!

  7. I think tahini is the new peanut butter for me. I'm intrigued no matter where I see it. This sounds delicious!

  8. I can't usually get tahini, but I've been putting a bit of peanut butter in lots of things, lately… Adds a bit of substance and flavor. Great looking salad – I love spring!

  9. I really shouldn't visit your blog when I am fasting 😉 (nice idea for tomorrow's salad though …today's salad is already in my bag).

  10. Another vegetarian winner! thx

    Oh, and especially thanx for saying we can add almond butter or peanut butter if we don't have tahini.

    I have two questions.
    1. I want to buy tahini but don't find I would be using it often. Could I refrigerate it, and how long can it be refrigerated?
    2. Do we add the same amount of almond or peanut butter as tahini, if we subsitute?

  11. such a perfect photo of the finished dish

  12. I still have some tahini dressing from the chicken salad that I made, I'm going to try it on this salad!

  13. Sonia, thanks!

    Beth, I thought just that little touch of tahini was a nice addition.

    Lydia, maybe I will convert you to chickpeas!

    Val, I'm a chickpea lover too.

    Junglefrog, thanks. I am nuts over arugula too.

    Kamran, thanks for the recommendation!

    TW, I love arugula so much (wish I could grow it in the garden, but mine always seems to get too bitter.)

  14. I was always hesitant about arugula, and then I tried it in a salad and thought the peppery flavor was fantastic. With the chickpeas and lemon, it sounds like a perfect match!

  15. As Sonia stated- this looks absolutely refreshing, Kalyn. One of my close friends from school was looking for recipes like you always tend to make on your site, so I told her to visit Kalyn's Kitchen. Now, she's hooked and has made a lot of your recipes and has loved them all!

  16. What à delicious combination of flavors! I love chickpeas and i love arugula so definitely something to try!

  17. I really embraced chickpeas lately so this salad would be perfect.

  18. I have some spinach, plus everything else on hand to make this salad. Though I'm not crazy about chickpeas, I love hummus (go figure), and the combination of chickpeas in the salad and tahini in the dressing is enough like hummus that it just might work for me.

  19. Mmmm! I love the idea of tahini and balsamic together! I must try it!

  20. This look refreshing and good!