This filling and healthy Rainbow Vegan Chickpea Salad is the perfect side dish for a summer. Packed with filling fiber, plant-based protein, and lots of fresh veggies, this salad is so quick to prepare making it the perfect easy vegan side dish for a potluck.
Vegan Chickpea Salad
I love this time of year because it often means simple, healthy meals that involve some mixing... but not a lot of actual cooking like this Vegan Chickpea Salad. During late spring and summer, the Hubs and I will go for a walk when he gets home and then eat dinner on our deck. The garden is blooming and we'll enjoy our meal and leisurely sitting outside as the day winds down after the boys go to bed.
I wanted to get a jump start on some new meal ideas for this summer that involve mixing- but no cooking and to create a veggie-packed dish using chickpeas for protein! Before I knew it this delicious Chickpea Salad recipe was born. This recipe gets bonus points because it uses all sorts of veggies that are easy to grow if you do garden.
The end result is a Rainbow Vegan Chickpea Salad that has nothing to spoil so it's the perfect vegan side dish for a potluck.
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This delicious vegan chickpea salad recipe comes together in a flash and makes a perfect vegan side dish for potluck. It uses canned chickpeas and rainbow of veggies. Talk about plant-based goodness! I went with red tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, green cucumbers, and purple onions for the complete rainbow. You can enjoy this and know your dinner is packed with all kinds of nutrients and vegetables. It's hearty enough for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans.
The simple and light dressing is made with lemon, red wine vinegar, and a touch of good olive oil.
Vegan Chickpea Salad Potluck Idea
Serve it as shown, as a side dish or over a big bed of salad greens. Either way, it's delicious. I even like to make a batch on Monday and have it for lunch over greens. I just love knowing I'm getting all my veggies in for the day without a lot of fuss.
This is also a fabulous potluck dish because it doesn't have any dairy to spoil and it is super easy to put together. It's an ideal no cook potluck idea.
PLUS... it's just so darn pur-ty! You know it will disappear.
Ingredients in this Chickpea Salad
- Red wine vinegar: Red wine vinegar is the perfect way to brighten up any salad, including this chickpea salad!
- Olive oil: Since there are just a few ingredients in this chickpea salad use a high quality olive oil.
- Lemon: Lemon brightens up this dish and makes it feel fresh.
- Chickpeas: I prefer to use canned chickpeas as it makes this salad that much faster to put together, but you can certainly use dried chickpeas instead.
- Red onion: Red onions have a great flavor and strong "bite", which is why I like to use them in salads. But if you aren't a fan of the "bite" you can mellow the taste a bit by soaking a chopped onion in ice water for 10 minutes.
- Cherry tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes are the perfect addition to this salad as you don't have to spend any time dicing them.
- Yellow pepper: Yellow peppers have a pleasantly sweet taste that perfectly compliments the other flavors in this salad.
- Cucumbers: I like to use mini cucumbers as their skin doesn't need to be peeled (let's keep this recipe easy!) - it is thinner and less bitter than that of regular-sized cucumbers.
- Parsley: Any fresh herbs ads some fresh vibrance to the salad.
How to Make the Vegan Chickpea Salad
This vegan chickpea salad is super simple to make and requires no cooking.
- Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
- Add the other salad ingredients and toss until well combined. Enjoy!
Variations and Pro Tips
- If you don't need this salad to be vegan you could add cubed mozzarella cheese or feta. Both would be delicious.
- Use any fresh herbs to mix up the flavors.
- This is great for a potluck because it can sit out for long periods of time without spoiling.
Can I eat chickpeas from the can?
Canned chickpeas are already cooked and ready to eat, so you can toss them directly into the salad as is (or do a quick rinse of them first)! They are a great source of vegan protein.
Can I use dried chickpeas?
You certainly can use dried chickpeas, but it will take more preparation time. This is why I opt for canned chickpeas, it makes this salad so much easier to throw together.
Are chickpeas good for weight loss?
Chickpeas are great for weight loss! They are full of fiber, which keeps you feeling full for longer so you won't feel the need to eat as much. This entire Vegan Chickpea Salad is only 273 calories per serving.
This Vegan Chickpea Salad is great for a weekday meal or it's perfect for vegan potluck ideas. It's also super hearty making it great for vegetarian potluck recipes too.
I hope you'll give this delicious chickpea salad recipe a try! It's the perfect rainbow of summer food goodness. If you need me I'll be enjoying a batch on my deck. Bring on summer!
More Vegan Side Dishes for a Potluck
- Hearty Vegan Cobb Salad
- Vegan Rainbow Salad
- Lemon Garlic Kale
- Blueberry Pineapple Salsa
- Thai Noodle Salad
- Fresh White Bean Salad
- Avocado Pineapple Cucumber Salad
- Tomato Cucumber and Avocado Salad
If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment and a star rating ★ below. Make sure to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook too!
Rainbow Vegan Chickpea Salad
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 16 ounce chickpeas, canned
- ½ red onion, chopped
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 yellow pepper, chopped
- 2 mini cucumbers *, cut in half moon slices
- ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl whisk the red wine vinegar, olive oil and lemon together.
- Add of the other ingredients on top and toss until well combined. Salt and pepper to taste!
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Absolutely amazing salad. I did add just a little bit of honey to the dressing to cut down on the tartness. It was just a tad bit too tart for my taste buds. I sprinkled the salad with some vegan feta cheese, which was a nice addition. I am not vegan but my friends are. I could see myself eating this for lunch with some good crusty bread on the side. I will be making us again.
This looks absolutely amazing!! The nutrition information says there are 11g of sugar… can you tell me where the sugar is coming from? I’m doing Keto & would love to make a lower carb version….
Hi there! I think it's from the canned chickpeas. There is a computer program that calculates the nutrition for me and I don't think they account for rinsing the beans or that you could use beans with fewer additives. I'm pretty sure that will bring it down because none of the vegetables really have a lot of sugar.
I hope you enjoy it!
Can this be made a day ahead?
Yes!!! It’s great chilled for a few days!
Kimberly Traverse says
This was such a delicious beautiful salad. We added pasta to stretch it out a little and didn't even need more dressing. This will become a regular for our family. Thanks for sharing!
A truly vibrant recipe so great to accompany a nice summer bbq - absolutely a superb idea. Thank you for sharing.
Yes, not in later summer though. This is such a pretty dish. Just perfect for sunny days .
Jacqueline Debono says
I love eating outside too! We do it a lot here in Italy and salads are a staple part of our summer menu! This salad looks great. Truly a rainbow of goodness!
Kristy from Southern In Law says
Oh yum, this looks deeeelicious! I love eating dinner outside in the summer - and having picnic dinners by the beach!
Lisa Ballantyne says
Looks wonderful, but unfortunately a food intolerance means I would have to prepare it without the onions, sigh!
SOOO pretty! And I can tell it tastes just as yummy too!!
Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner says
You know I love this type of simple and healthy salad! Thanks for linking up today
This salad is GORGEOUS! I can't wait to make it this summer, I think I could eat this everyday, so fresh!
Pinned and copied your recipe to make for dinner tonight, Julie. Thanks!
This looks fabulous! I'd even consider tossing it with pasta for a pasta salad!!!
Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real says
I love adding chickpeas to salads!! It adds an awesome texture and protein.
Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups says
This is so pretty! It sounds so light and refreshing too!
Beth Ann Chiles says
Looks like another winner to me, Julie! Thanks!
So colorful! I love this time of year when salads are in full bloom.