Chickpea Za’atar Salad

Chickpea Za'atar Salad Recipe (2)

As I mentioned in my last recipe, za’atar is a very versatile spice blend, able to convey a great deal of flavour in almost any scenario. My recipe for Chickpea Za’atar Salad is a case in point; though it contains relatively few ingredients a hefty portion of flavour can be found within. This salad makes a fantastic lunchtime snack, or tangy side dish that will instantly transport you to a bustling souq in the heart of the Middle East.

The combination of good quality olive oil, homemade za’atar and fresh lemon juice gives this salad a depth of flavour, which belies the recipes simplicity. The rich olive oil is at once both contrasting and perfectly in balance with the fruity bitterness of the sumac riddled za’atar and the sharpness of the fresh lemon. The parsley and tomatoes are there to imbue the chickpea salad with a little fragrance and freshness, respectively. Ultimately, what you end up with is a well-balanced salad, inspired by the many colours and flavours of the Middle East. A chickpea salad has never been this exciting.

Chickpea Za’atar Salad

Serves 4


• 1 tin chickpeas, or equivalent dried

• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

• 2 tbsp za’atar

• 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

• the juice of ½ a lemon

• 4 tomatoes

• A pinch of salt


1. First, quarter your tomatoes, remove the centres and set them aside – they can be used to make a simple salsa. Roughly chop the remaining fleshy parts of the tomatoes.

2. Throw everything, excluding the lemon juice, into a large bowl and get your hands a bit dirty mixing it all together. Sprinkle with the lemon juice before serving.

Chickpea Za'atar Salad Recipe (1) Chickpea Za'atar Salad Recipe (3)

Cost: Though I’d usually advise using dried chickpeas as they are generally cheaper, tinned pulses work particularly well in this recipe as they hold their shape very well. Even taking that slightly inflated price into consideration, this tangy Chickpea Za’atar Salad should set you back no more than £1.80.

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16 comments on “Chickpea Za’atar Salad

  1. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    January 7, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I love this! Looks so delicious, yet simple- my favourite :)

    • frugalfeeding
      January 8, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Thank you – yes, it only takes a matter of minutes to make.

  2. Jasline @ Foodie Baker
    January 8, 2014 at 2:10 am

    I love chickpeas so this salad looks amazing, heading over to check out the za’atar spice blend!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you – the za’atar is simply delicious and is lovely sprinkled on almost anything.

  3. Conor Bofin
    January 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Very nice indeed. The salad is such a January favourite. A bean salad makes this a real option.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 12, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you, Conor. Just formulating what to do for our board meeting… decisions, decisions.

      • Conor Bofin
        January 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

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          January 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

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          • Conor Bofin
            January 12, 2014 at 10:24 pm

            Already judged and found guilty of having a sense of humour. We need more of that.

          • frugalfeeding
            January 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

            Hah – I always make a point of wearing tights to a fancy dress party.

  4. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    January 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I would so happily eat this! In fact, I’m sure I have a bag of za’atar somewhere, and there are always frozen cooked chickpeas in the freezer…hmmm…(off I go to forage!).. :)

    • frugalfeeding
      January 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Indeed! I’m sure you’d love this, Celia.

  5. thehungrymum
    January 9, 2014 at 5:56 am

    It has never occurred to me to put chickpeas & zaatar together but now that I’ve seen this recipe it is so darn obvious that they are a perfect match. Yum!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      They really are and work very well together.

  6. Francesca
    January 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

    This and your labneh made it to our table for last night’s dinner 😉 Zaatar is so good on everything!

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