5 Minute Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Recipe

Good morning! I’ve got a new recipe for you guys today — super quick and easy, as per usual. Life over here is busy, as I’m sure yours is, too! Introducing: 5 Minute Mediterranean Chickpea Salad.


In our little food shop at school they have this really good chickpea salad, and if I wasn’t able to pack lunch or end up staying at school longer than usual and need a snack, it’s my go-to purchase. It’s especially delicious when on top of salad greens. The other day I was craving it and decided to recreate a variation of the salad at home!


5 Minute Mediterranean Chickpea Salad (vegan)

Quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious. Serve atop salad or eat alone!

Makes 2 servings


  • 1 (15.5 oz) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • Half of 1 (6 oz.) can olives, drained (green or black)
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste



Dump everything into a bowl, stir, and enjoy! I love eating this on its own or on top of salad. It would be good with rice, too!


I used Carapelli olive oil in the recipe, which I was sent to review as part of a Social Spark campaign.


Did you know that you can actually do olive oil tastings just like a wine tasting? Carapelli sent us some information on the proper tasting technique along with our olive oil. Cool! Here’s the info courtesy of them if you want to do your own olive oil tasting. You can also check out their website for a coupon: $1.00 OFF coupon at


How to do an Olive Oil Tasting:

Similar to tasting wine, there are a few quick steps to having the true olive oil tasting experience. Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil into a blue glass (so the color is concealed and not a factor in the tasting) and gently warm it by covering the glass with one hand and holding the bowl of the glass in the other.

Then, move on to “the 4 S’s:” Swirl, Sniff, Slurp and Swallow

1. Swirl — By swirling the olive oil in your glass, you release the oil’s esters, which are the molecules that contain the aroma.
2. Sniff — Inhale deeply. The aroma is the key to the fruitiness of the oil. Is it intense or is it
more subtle?
3. Slurp — Sip the oil while “sipping” in a bit of air. This slurping action emulsifies the oil and helps spread it throughout your mouth. Take note of the various tastes and sensations. Is it fruity, peppery, smooth?
4. Swallow — Once you swallow the oil, it should leave your mouth with no aftertaste. Again, take note of any peppery or stinging sensation in your throat.

Have you guys ever done an olive oil tasting? I think I’ll stick with wine tasting, but it was fun to mix things up. ;)

I’m off to take a Biochem quiz, then I need to get some work done and eventually figure out Halloween costumes for tonight! Gotta love waiting til the last minute… that’s just how we roll. Happy Friday!

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  1. 1

    I love this recipe! Really. Chickpeas are a staple, and I always have a lemon around. I guess I just need to pick up some olives and parsley. And I guess I’ve never even thought of olive oil interesting! I’d love to try doing that someday! :)

  2. 2

    What a great, simple recipe tot grow together during the week! I’ve been craving olives lately, and we always have chickpeas at my house, so this is definitely my kind of salad.

    I’ve never done a “formal” olive oil tasting, but there’s a store near me that sells gourmet olive oils and I love trying all of their different flavors.

  3. 4

    Good luck on the quiz! This recipe looks fab :D

  4. 5

    Yes actually! Wine tasting is more fun but I work in the Italian food industry so olive oil tastings happen quite frequently. With an Italian heart and soul, I can honestly say there’s nothing worse than a bitter olive oil.

  5. 6

    Does olive oil tasting count if you just dunk a huge hunk of bread into it? ;)

  6. 8

    I’ve never “officially” went on an olive oil tasting, but when I was visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina I went into an Oil & Vinegar store. Imagine hundreds of bottles of oil & vinegar to taste. It. Was. Awesome. My favorite was the dark chocolate infused olive oil!

  7. 9

    Delicious! I bet it would be super good with a tomato chopped and seeded and thrown in. And maybe some feta. But OK, you said “5 minute” salad, so I guess I’m getting away from the point of it all :)

  8. 11

    I’ve done an olive oil tasting at a shop in Boston. It was really cool and they had so many amazing flavors of olive oils and vinegars.

  9. 12

    I have definitely never done an olive oil tasting, but I sure wouldn’t turn down the opportunity. And great recipe – I’m a fan of anything that has “5 Minutes” in the title!

  10. 13

    Pompeii EVOL has always been my choice. I am one of those people, if I find something I like, I tend to stick with it. That salad looks great.

  11. 14

    This is very similar to a couscous-chick pea salad I had recently. I’ll have to try this one too, but I might sub cilantro for the parsley for more flavor!

  12. 16

    Anne: great recipe this salad!!, easy, I did in a short time and just in case I love olives!! thanks for this idea! This is a little idea for a Dip.. put some olives in a food processor and then mix it with light cream cheese, check the salt and ready!!! bye..

  13. 17

    This is totally unrelated to this topic, but I just wanted to say thank you again for the Attune Foods giveaway! I recently received my cereal and bowl and now I just have to decide what to bake with it (your peanut butter and jelly muffins are high on the list!). Thanks again!

  14. 19

    Can’t wait to try this recipe – all my favorite things that I usually have around the house!!

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