This chickpea salad is a delicious bowl meal starring chickpeas, cucumber, avocado, salty feta, and crunchy pepitas.
Last month we took a summer trip to Traverse City, Michigan. Everything about it was magical: the dunes, that aquamarine water, the company, and the food: especially this salad. We came across it at a venue called The Little Fleet, a rotating gathering of food trucks stationed in a permanent location with picnic tables and a bar. A fabulous idea, really. This chickpea salad idea came from a salad I ordered from a truck called EZ Cheesy, known for its gourmet grilled cheese. Since I had ordered a grilled cheese with ramen and kimchi (yes, a sandwich filled with noodles!), I felt compelled to balance it out with some veg and ordered this chickpea salad.
How to make avocado & chickpea salad
Alex and I both fell pretty hard for this chickpea cucumber salad (I did let him have a few bites). The combination of the fresh veggies, salty feta, and crunchy pepitas with the light and tangy vinaigrette was somehow unexpected and refreshingly delicious. It made me feel like the healthiest person on the planet, even after my grilled cheese stuffed with noodles.
After we returned we promptly started trying to recreate this chickpea salad, with mixed success. I ended up contacting the owner for the recipe and to my delight, he provided it! We’ve tweaked it a bit, but it’s very close to the original. It’s best eaten freshly made, so we’ve included some notes in the recipe with how to prepare it when made ahead. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Thanks again to EZ Cheesy for the chickpea cucumber salad recipe.
Below is EZ Cheesy at The Little Fleet in Traverse City, Michigan. Our friends Megan and Mike of Wild Measure and The Fresh Exchange introduced us to the place, and also did the branding / logo work for the truck. How fun is that?
Video: how to cut an avocado
The hardest part of this avocado and chickpea salad recipe is cutting an avocado! Alex and I have a great method for avocado pit removal and how to cut avocado slices. You’ve heard about the injuries that can happen removing avocado pits, right? Here’s a safe way to do it! We use this method all the time. Watch the video to see me cutting an avocado in our kitchen!
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This chickpea salad recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, dairy-free, and plant-based, omit the feta.Print
This chickpea salad is a delicious bowl meal starring chickpeas, cucumber, avocado, salty feta, and crunchy pepitas. Perfect for lunch or as a side dish!
- 1 large cucumber
- 6 radishes
- 4 large carrots
- 8 Brussels sprouts (optional)
- 15-ounce can or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
- ¾ cup feta crumbles
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 avocado
- ¼ cup roasted salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- Peel alternating strips of the cucumber’s skin, then cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, remove the seeds with a spoon, and dice it. Place the cucumber in a strainer and sprinkle with kosher salt (this helps to drain the cucumbers of extra water while you cut the other vegetables.)
- Thinly slice the radishes (cut them in half or quarters if large). Peel the carrots, then dice them. If using Brussels sprouts, thinly slice them. Mix all the vegetables together with the chickpeas and the feta crumbles.
- In a medium jar, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey or maple, and salt. Gradually whisk in the olive oil tablespoon by tablespoon until fully incorporated. If making ahead, stop here and refrigerate the vegetables and dressing until serving.
- When ready to serve, pour 6 tablespoons dressing onto the vegetables and mix gently to combine. If possible, let sit for a few minutes to marinade and allow all ingredients to come to room temperature.
- Dice the avocado, then garnish each serving with avocado, pepitas, and extra dressing (if desired). Serve immediately. With any leftovers, keep the vegetables separate from the avocado and pepitas (and dressing if possible); add these toppings directly prior to serving.
Adapted from the EZ Cheesy food truck
- Category: Salad
- Method: Raw
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Chickpea salad, Chickpea salad vegan, Chickpea cucumber salad, Avocado salad, Lunch Ideas, Vegetarian Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Dinner Ideas
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.