Chickpea Salad with Red Pepper, Mint, and Sumac
Chickpea Salad with Red Pepper, Mint, and Sumac is so delicious; if you haven’t tried Sumac, get some soon and make this tasty salad that’s vegan and gluten-free!
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When you see the recipe title for this Chickpea Salad with Red Pepper, Mint, and Sumac, I’m hoping it’s the word Sumac that jumps out at you. If you’re not familiar with it, Sumac is a middle eastern spice made from the dried berry-like fruit of some species of the Sumac plant. (Don’t confuse it with the invasive Sumac that grows wild in some places and causes a skin reaction similar to poison ivy; this is a different variety of Sumac.)
This vegan chickpea (garbanzo bean) salad that has red pepper, mint, and Sumac has some of my favorite salad ingredients, and this is perfect for a tasty meatless dinner on a hot summer day
When I spotted the inspiring recipe, it felt like it was meant to have Sumac (affiliate link) which I used to spice up the chickpeas and the dressing. Of course you can certainly make the salad without Sumac, but I highly recommend getting some if you don’t have it on hand. I also used some dried mint in the dressing, plus fresh mint in the salad but if you don’t have dried mint this salad will still be delicious without it.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- olive oil
- Ground Sumac (affiliate link)
- Roasted Red Peppers in a jar (affiliate link)
- chopped fresh mint
- green onions
- fresh-squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
- dried mint (optional but good)
- Minced Garlic (affiliate link)
What is Sumac?
I’m a long-time fan of Sumac, which is a reddish-purple ground spice that’s commonly used in middle eastern cooking. It has a lemony flavor that’s good on so many foods and I’ve used Sumac on hummus, in Fattoush Lebanese Salad, in salad dressing, and even on Cauliflower Rice. It’s often used on dishes with garbanzo beans, and it adds a nice flavor to this salad. Sumac also one of the components of Za’atar, a middle eastern blend of spices. Read more about Sumac if you’re not familiar with it.
I had known about Sumac for years when a reader sent me a great recipe for Fattoush and I learned the trick of mixing Sumac into the dressing for a flavor boost that’s really delightful, and I’ve been using it that way ever since. Then I went to Istanbul and met Zerrin, and she gave me some wonderfully fresh Sumac from Turkey. And when I read that Sumac is one of the ten most popular spices used in Turkish Cuisine, and I knew I wanted to encourage you to use more Sumac in your kitchen!
Want more recipes using fresh mint?
Fresh mint is the other ingredient that makes this salad such a wow for me. If you have mint growing in your garden or you’re getting it from the market, check out my ideas for Cooking with Fresh Mint.
How to make Chickpea Salad with Red Pepper, Mint, and Sumac:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)
- First, here’s a picture of the Sumac (affiliate link) that adds so much flavor to this salad.
- Saute the rinsed and drained chickpeas in olive oil, with a teaspoon of Sumac stirred in.
- Whisk together lemon juice, ground Sumac, dried mint (If using), salt, finely minced garlic, and olive oil to make the dressing.
- When the chickpeas are nicely browned, put them in a bowl, pour dressing over, and let them marinate in the dressing while you prep other ingredients.
- Chop up the drained red peppers and mint and slice the green onion (or chop red onion).
- When chickpeas are cooled to room temperature, mix in the red pepper, mint, and green onion and season salad with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
- This salad can be refrigerated before you serve it, and it will keep for a day or two in the fridge, although I like it best when it’s freshly made.
Make it a Meal:
This would be great with Very Greek Grilled Chicken or Greek Seasoned Grilled Pork Chops, or serve it with something like Spicy Grilled Eggplant for a vegetarian meal.
More Tasty Recipes with Chickpeas:
Garlicky Roasted Chickpeas with Feta, Mint, and Lemon
Socca (Chickpea Flatbread Pancake from France)
Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Herbs
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep where you’ll find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Chickpea Salad with Red Pepper, Mint, and Sumac
If you haven’t tried Sumac, get some soon and make this Chickpea Salad with Red Pepper, Mint, and Sumac!
- two 15.5 oz. cans chickpeas (see notes)
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 tsp. ground Sumac (see note)
- 12 oz. jar roasted red bell peppers, drained (or use 3 red peppers and roast them yourself - see note)
- 1/2 cup - 1 cup chopped fresh mint (more or less, to taste)
- 3 T sliced green onions (see notes)
- 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp. ground Sumac (see note)
- 1 tsp. dried mint (optional but good)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. finely minced garlic
- 3 T extra-virgin olive oil
- Put chickpeas into a colander placed in the sink and rinse with cold water until no more foam appears.
- Let chickpeas drain well, or pat dry with a paper towel if you want to speed it up a bit.
- Heat 1 T olive oil in a large frying pan, add drained chickpeas, sprinkle with 1 tsp. ground Sumac (affiliate link), and saute chickpeas until they are lightly browned.
- This will take about 10 minutes, turning the chickpeas several times so they get browned on all sides.
- While chickpeas are cooking, put roasted red peppers into a colander and let them drain well.
- Whisk together the lemon juice, ground Sumac, dried mint (If using), salt, finely minced garlic, and olive oil to make the dressing.
- When chickpeas are nicely browned, put then in a bowl and combine with about half the dressing.
- Let the chickpeas marinate while you prep the other ingredients.
- Wash mint, spin dry or dry with paper towels, and chop.
- When red peppers are well drained, chop them into small bite-sized pieces.
- Thinly slice the green onion.
- When chickpeas have cooled to almost room temperature, combine them with the diced roasted red pepper, chopped mint, and capers in a medium-sized salad bowl.
- Stir in enough dressing to lightly moisten all ingredients.
- The salad can be served immediately, or it can marinate all day or even overnight in the fridge.
You can use about 4 cups freshly cooked chickpeas if you prefer. If you don't have Sumac (affiliate link), you could substitute Za'atar Spice Mix (affiliate link) if you have that. Use my method for roasting your own red peppers if you want to use fresh peppers instead. Use chopped red onion if you don't have green onions.
This recipe adapted from Spanish Chickpea Salad at The Taste Space.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 8g
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.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Chickpea Salad with Red Pepper, Mint, and Sumac is too high in carbs to be suitable for strict low-carb diets. However, everything in this salad is a low-glycemic ingredient that would be approved for the original South Beach Diet. Dried beans are limited to 1/3 – 1/2 cup serving for Phase One and I would definitely serve this as a side dish salad for South Beach if you’re actively trying to lose weight.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2011. It was last updated with more information in 2022.
35 Comments on “Chickpea Salad with Red Pepper, Mint, and Sumac”
I know what I'm packing for lunch in a few days! Although I'm not vegan just vegetarian, I love making completely veggie meals. It's affordable and yummy. Nice work.
Barbara, I do agree that the ones you cook yourself are a tiny bit better, but as you said, it's so hard to plan that far ahead. Fun hearing that Sumac really is used all over the world!
Lovely combination Kalyn. In the past I always used dried chick peas and went through the process of soaking and cooking. Resulting in we ate less chickpeas as it needed planning ahead. (something I'm not good at;) Following your lead and using canned chickpeas we eat them more often.
I has sumac in my pantry when we lived in NZ but haven't bought any here yet. You have reminded me to look for it now.
Maria, me too. I can't figure out why some people don't really like them!
Thanks Judith. I am crazy over Sumac!!
Sumac has such a great flavor–so tart and refreshing. Great recipe, Kalyn!
I love chickpeas and this salad is loaded with flavor. Great recipe Kalyn!
Joanne, I'm positive you'll become a Sumac fan when you try it!
Dave, I think that's a great idea.
Janet, I have no doubt. And I love your blog!
Thanks for the shout-out! Glad you enjoyed it and I like your twist. 🙂
This is a great dish and will definitely have to try it with sumac. If you don't have sumac, though, this is still a great dish.
oh my… Stunning photos, great recipe and I am just pondering doubling up, serving the side dish and then simply whipping things in a blender till you have a dip!
Pass the pita bread
I bought some sumac earlier this year and haven't done very much with it! I still need to make your sweet potato hummus with it, but when I do, this dish is coming along for the ride!
Miriam, me too!
These look so delicious- I am a huge fan of chic peas and always looking for new ways to cook them!
I don't know why some comments take so long to come to my e-mail, but truly I am not ignoring people! Eggplant43, glad I can inspire you to try them.
Jeanette, I do think this would be good slightly warm. You will love Sumac, I promise!
Next time I'm at Penzey's I'll have to pick up some sumac. I do have zaatar, but am curious about sumac. This salad sounds like it would be really good served warm or room temperature.
I recently purchased both Sumac, and Za'atar, but had not used either one yet. Problem solved, as I love anything chickpea, so thanks for the motivation.
T.W., I am just crazy about Sumac. If you're had Za'atar, it's the main ingredient in that. I bet you'd love it.
I've never cooked with sumac. I will have to check it out. I understand it's got such an ancient history. I'm a fan of anything with chick peas.
Julie, you are pretty sharp! Yes, I served this on the side with Grilled Mahi Mahi with Lemon and Capers. Thanks for the reminder to go there and add a link, because someone else asked about it.
And thanks for the reminder about Penzeys too. Did you know that the owner of The Spice House and Penzeys are brother and sister? I haven't met Bill Penzeys, but I met Patricia Penzey Ord at the store and she talked to me again at IAC in Austin.
Kalyn, is this the recipe for the side you showed with the grilled mahi mahi a few days ago? It looks similar, and I've been looking forward to finding out what that was because it looked so good!
I've also found sumac at Penzeys, in case people are looking for additional sources.