Chick Pea Salad With Olives



I just love it when a side dish can double as a main dish!  This chick pea salad with olives is yummy and filling, as well as being incredibly healthy for you.  I have taken what could’ve been an ordinary chick pea salad and bumped it up with healthy ingredients such as broccoli and sun dried tomatoes, making this dish interesting and substantial.  All of these flavors blend wonderfully together. 

You can certainly used dried beans for this recipe and soak them overnight and then cook them for an hour….but I just didn’t have the time.  You can also substitute different beans in this dish, but I really love chick peas.  I think their texture in this dish is perfection.

This salad holds up great in the fridge for a few days.  Add a sprinkle of olive oil before each subsequent serving to freshen it up and add that mouth-watering shine.

Here’s what you will need to serve 6-8 as a side dish…


2 cans chick peas, drained & rinsed

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped

1/4 cup green olives, pitted and coarsely chopped

1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped (can be packed in oil)

1/3 cup chopped scallions, white and light green part

steamed broccoli, 2 large florets (not heads), cut up into very small pieces

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup, plus 1 tbsp  extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp fresh mint, minced

1.5 tbsp fresh basil, minced

1 tsp fresh thyme, minced

1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced

1 tsp fresh oregano, minced (can use dried)

Salt & Pepper to taste


Rinse and drain chick peas and place in a large bowl.  Add olives, scallions, sun dried tomatoes and broccoli, mix well.  In a small bowl whisk together red wine vinegar, olive oil and all the herbs.  Pour over chick peas and mix until incorporated.  If needed, add a touch more olive oil.  Mixture should be coated with the dressing, not soaked.  Allow to sit for 30 minutes to let the flavors blend.  Serve at room temperature.

About these ads

8 Responses to “Chick Pea Salad With Olives”

  1. 1 patricia
    October 20, 2009 at 10:32 am

    This looks very yummy!!! I like the plate too..

  2. October 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    My friend once came on vacation with my family and upon our return she told everyone that she got the impression that my family only eats chickpeas, more specifically she was so impressed that she ate “chickpeas in every form.” Well I guess I am genetically predisposed to loving chickpeas and this salad seems like the perfect thing to add to my repertoire.

  3. October 20, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Yum!! That looks delicious!!

  4. October 21, 2009 at 10:54 am

    These flavours sound divine together. Great pic too!

  5. October 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    The presentation of the dish is enticing. Makes you want to dive right in and start eating.
    I like chickpeas and this is a really interesting way to serve them. Lots of interesting textures and tastes.

  6. November 9, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Nice chickpea salad! I like the broccoli in there.

  7. November 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I love chick peas. They are so versatile. This dish looks great!

  8. December 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Olives are a very good source of monounsaturated fat and a good source of iron, vitamin E, copper, and dietary fiber. My kids love this dish, and I love giving it to them.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 36 other followers

%d bloggers like this: