A Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is an excellent option for a summer side dish. There’s no creamy dressing to worry about sitting in the heat, and the classic flavors all blend together splendidly. Get the recipe here.
When I’m creating a menu for entertaining by way of a dinner party, I’m very methodical in my approach. The dishes should complement one another rather than compete with each other. The flavors and ingredients should fit the occasion. And there should be an overall representation of food groups. Basically you don’t want too much of the same thing, nor do you want flavors that will overpower everything else.
As we enter into the summer party season, this is one side dish recipe that’s always a good fit for burgers, hot dogs, steaks, or in this case, kabobs. This Mediterranean chickpea salad works well for summer because it’s vinaigrette-based instead of cream-based. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a good creamy potato salad or pasta salad, but sometimes you just don’t want to have to worry so much about the sun/heat factor and food safety.
This salad hits all the right notes for an easy backyard bbq: it’s light & full of veggies, has tons of flavor, and pairs well with many protein courses. It’s also unique enough that if you take it to a potluck party, it won’t be a duplicate.
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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
- 2 – 15 ounce cans chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
- cucumber, sliced and cut into quarters
- small can of sliced black olives, drained
- crumbled feta cheese
- fresh dill
- vinaigrette dressing, recipe below
Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl, and mix to combine. Pour vinaigrette over salad and gently stir to cover.
White wine vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Pinch of salt, and pepper, or to taste
- Pinch of sugar
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Add all ingredients except olive oil, into a bowl and whisk together. Slowly add in olive oil while whisking, until fully combined. You can also add all ingredients to a jar with tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously until combined.