Savory Sitter: Easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad


by Jun 7th, 2011 // Savory Sitter, Sides, Snacks

Savory Sitter: Easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Savory Sitter: Easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Hi! Heather the babysitter here bringing you another babysitter friendly snack. This easy Mediterranean chickpea salad is one of my favorite babysitter recipes yet. Even though it’s fun to have sugary treats on occasion, it makes me very happy to see kids gobbling up super healthy, nutritious food that we just made together!  This salad is easy, healthy, quick and completely delicious.

Savory Sitter: Easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

There are certain food items that I recommend having on hand at all times. In fact, write a column about this on my blog, Three More Big Bites, called Perfect Pantry. Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo beans, made the list because they are  useful for so many things such as, salads, hummus, pasta..etc. And especially if you’re going to have a babysitter in the house, it’s great to have some go-to items on hand.

Savory Sitter: Easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

In this salad, the chickpeas are the star, complimented beautifully by the Mediterranean flavors of the vegetables and feta. The babysitter should do all of the chopping, but it’s fun to let the kids crumble the feta  in and combine the salad ingredients together. This salad makes for a  great protein-rich snack or meal!

Easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes


1 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3 small cucumbers,  chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

1. In a large prep bowl, combine the first six ingredients.
2. Add the lemon juice and olive oil and toss together to combine and coat thoroughly.
3. Season to taste with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.

Savory Sitter: Easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad


10 Comments on “Savory Sitter: Easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad”

  1. 1.) welcome to our wonderland
    June 8th, 2011

    that looks so yummy and refreshing for summer! I have 3 cans of chickpeas and 1 bag of dried chickpeas so I must get the cucumbers and tomatoes to make this. I’m vegan so I’ll won’t need the cheese.

    thanks so much for sharing!

  2. 2.) Lisa
    June 8th, 2011

    This looks so tasty, I cannot wait to try it.
    When I get tired of feta in salads I usually subsititute fresh mozerella pearls.

  3. 3.) Maggie
    June 8th, 2011

    This looks delicious, and perfect for summer. Printing the recipe now!

  4. 4.) ctb
    June 9th, 2011

    This is 1 of my fave Summertime salads! However, my version has no cheese or oregano & more lemon & parsley. & I also add chopped fresh mint, when I have it. I like to dice everything uniformly, but that is clearly not a requirement.

  5. 5.) ctb
    June 9th, 2011

    Oh & I just remembered mine has a bit of chopped scallion as well.

  6. 6.) Heather the Babysitter
    June 9th, 2011

    It’s great to know that it works with so many different variations. If you have a little more time, add some couscous. I made it recently with pearl couscous and added balsamic vinegar and chopped red onion. It was a hit!

  7. 7.) Stella
    June 13th, 2011

    This looks great & I love the idea of adding mint and/or scallion!

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