This simple, delicious and easy Moroccan Chickpea Salad recipe features an exotic blend of spices, topped with yogurt, pistachios & pomegranate molasses.
Despite the fact that it's spring, you could easily be fooled into thinking it's summer. And in our house warm days mean salads.
Lots of salads, because I don't like to just serve one salad with dinner. I like variety - but there is one salad I could eat bowls and bowls of, and that is this Moroccan Chickpea Salad.
This gorgeous, colorful easy Moroccan Chickpea Salad recipe is a definite favorite of mine. I first had it at my friend Amanda's, of Lambs' Ears and Honey, and have since adapted it to my own taste.
Moroccan flavors are some of my favorites. Be sure to check out this Moroccan Carrot Salad too, or this roasted Moroccan carrot salad, and definitely don't miss the Moroccan Sweet Potato Hummus.
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How to Make Moroccan Chickpea Salad
Nutty chickpeas are coated in smoky paprika, cinnamon and cumin. To this, preserved lemon is added along with red onion, garlic, lemon juice, dried cranberries and extra virgin olive oil.
After marinating for a couple of hours the chickpeas are added to a bowl lined with baby spinach and topped with Greek yoghurt, chopped pistachios and pomegranate molasses.
This chickpea salad is delicious and filling. In fact, I love this chickpea salad recipe so much that I've had it for lunch most days this week!
It's even more delicious the next day when the spices have had more time to intermingle, which makes it a great recipe for meal planning too.
And if you're looking for some more chickpea recipes - check out my vegan chickpea curry! Or for a quick party dish, try my chickpea tomato dip.
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Moroccan Chickpea Salad recipe
- 28 oz chickpeas rinsed and drained, 2 cans
- 1 red onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ cup dried cranberries chopped, Turkish apricots would work well here too
- 1 preserved lemon rind only, finely chopped
- 1 lemon juice only
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce gluten-free variety if needed
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
- ½ cup Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt for vegan version
- ⅓ cup pistachios roughly chopped
- Pomegranate Molasses to serve
- Place the chickpeas in a bowl add the onions, garlic, cranberries, preserved lemon, spices, olive oil, lemon juice and soy sauce in a large bowl. Toss to combine and leave to marinate for at least an hour.
- Line a serving bowl with the baby spinach leaves and top with the chickpeas and parsley. Top with the yoghurt, pistachios and drizzle with the pomegranate molasses.
I made this to take to school for lunch and it was amazing! My mom scorns all of the Moroccan food I make, but even she loved this. I didn't have any pomegranate molasses, so I sprinkled some fresh pomegranate seeds on top. The different textures and everything make this stand out. Will make again 🙂
I'm so glad you enjoyed it Natalie. 🙂 It is one of my favourites. You might also like to try my Roasted Moroccan Carrot Salad which has similar flavours.
This is so my kind of salad ! Chickpeas, spices, died cranberries, pomegranate molasses and soy sauce. What a combo! Thank you for sharing!
Ha, the PRINT button smiled at me as soon as I complained about not seeing it., LOL! So, my question is now answered. Keep adding great recipes!
Haha glad you found it 😉 Happy cooking and let me know if you have any questions.
Hi Jennifer, your recipes are lovely (one is happily baking in my oven now), I just wish you had a "print" button on your website. Copy/paste process is tedious.
Vaishali Sabnani says
Wow..awesome salad. I made this last week and we all loved it...the salad has amazing flavors and the addition of apricots, lemon preserve make it so unique.Thanks a ton for sharing.
I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed it Vaishali 😀
Thanh @ eat, little bird says
I love the colours in this salad! And it sounds delicious too. I'm keeping this recipe in mind for when we have our vege friends over next 🙂
Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie says
That looks delicious! I love chickpeas in all forms, but particularly in salads. I will definitely be giving this a try!
Jeannie Tay says
Looks delicious! My boys have been cooking with chickpeas of recent and I am sure there are some left in the cabinet....would love to make this if I have all ingredients at hand:) Thanks for sharing!
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says
I always love using Moroccan spices!
Looks yummy and fresh!New follower 🙂
I am in love with chickpeas! This looks like my kind of salad 🙂
Martine @ Chompchomp says
Oh joy! This colourful salad makes me see the summery light at the end of this long winter tunnel. Bring me some warm weather!
Looks delicious. I would like to try it at home. thanks for sharing,
My Kitchen Stories says
I am addicted to chickpeas and these flavours are my favourite to have mixed with them. very delicious idea
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says
One look at this and I must have it! It looks so good and all I want these days are salads. Must be Spring. 🙂
Stephanie - The Dessert Spoon says
Fabulous! So tasty and healthy!
I'd love to make this. Do you know where I can pick up pomegranate molasses?
Hi Fran, you can usually find pomegranate molasses in gourmet food stores and health food stores.
So pretty! I love that it's healthy too and so easy using tinned chickpeas. I'm going shopping after work tonight to pick up what I need as I think this will make the perfect lunch to take to work.
I made this salad last night and it was a huge hit with my family. Even my children loved it. Especially my daughter, who asked if she could have the leftovers for lunch today. I didn't have any cranberries so used apricots instead. I didn't have preserved lemon either so used some greated lemon zest. I have a big family bbq coming up next weekend and I'll be making this again to take to that. Thank you!
I'm so glad you enjoyed it Julie. 🙂 It's one of my favourites. Great idea using the lemon zest in place of the preserved lemon too.
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Chickpeas are one of my favorite salad toppers - love these flavors!
A tasty salad! I adore those wonderful flavors.
Sneh | Cook Republic says
Such beautiful flavours Jen! x