Sweet & Crunchy Chickpea Salad –

Crunchy chickpea salad with spinach, chickpeas, pepitas and vegetables

This colorful chickpea salad is full of Mediterranean flavor. I love loading up my salads with vibrant ingredients and this crunchy salad is both visually appealing and filling.

I originally created this recipe for my Autumn Cleanse guide. It is one that always surprises people, so if you’re on the fence about this salad give it a try!

ingredients for a crunchy salad

Tips for a Delicious Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas are also called garbanzo beans so look for either name on the label. Drain and rinse well before using.

I love using Mediterranean-inspired flavors and ingredients since the Mediterranean contains blue zones, or places on Earth known for longevity. You can definitely add in the vegetables of your choice, or add even more cucumber, pepper or carrot to this chickpea salad.

tahini dressing homemade in a glass jar

The Key to the Perfect Dressing

To brighten up the veggie-fest that is this crunchy salad I created a Citrus Tahini Dressing. The tamari and apple cider vinegar brings the zing while the orange sweetens. The tahini wraps it all up in a creamy package.

Depending on how thick your tahini is you may need to add a bit of water to ensure this dressing is perfectly pourable. Use coconut aminos if you need a soy-free option in place of the tamari. The dressing tastes great yet also adds extra healthy fat to my chickpea salad.

Plant-Based Protein Options

To support my plant-forward lifestyle, I’m always looking for protein-powered plants to keep me energized. Chickpeas contain protein, healthy fat, fiber and tons of nutrients. This salad actually has 20 grams of protein per serving!

If you’re looking for ways to keep up your protein intake while eating more plants, then check out this helpful guide to plant-based protein.

easy lunch recipe with filling protein from plants

Chickpea Salad FAQs

Are chickpeas good for weight loss?

They can be! Chickpeas are a wonderful plant protein, healthy fat and high in fiber. They are loaded with nutrients like manganese and folate. So they are filling as well as nutritious.

Can you eat chickpeas raw?

Nope! Chickpeas should be cooked before eating. Canned chickpeas are already cooked, so just rinse well before using.

What pairs well with chickpeas?

I paired chickpeas with spinach, carrot, red bell pepper, cucumber, pepitas and sunflower seeds and topped it all with a bright tahini dressing. It’s loaded with protein and healthy fat and 100% plants.

easy salad recipes

Great Salad Recipes

While you can add meat to many of the below salads, they can certainly stand on their own plant legs just fine. It’s much easier to find meat-filled recipes than meatless recipes. So I’ve set out to create incredibly tasty + plant filled recipes just like these:

Don’t forget to rate + review this sumptuous Chickpea Salad. I love hearing your feedback and how you like these salads!

chickpea salad recipe

Chickpea Salad

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Protein power your afternoon with this delicious, Mediterranean-inspired Chickpea salad. It’s super crunchy + filling. Plus this tahini dressing is IT. I love it and know you will too.

Total Time15th minutes



  • 1 cup spinach (fresh)
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • ½ carrot (diced)
  • ½ cup cucumber (diced)
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper (diced)
  • ½ cup pepitas
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds

Citrus Tahini Dressing

  • 2 . tahini
  • 2 . orange (juiced)
  • 2 . olive oil
  • 2 test apple cider vinegar
  • 1 test tamari
  • ½ test garlic clove (minced)


  • Whisk together Citrus Tahini Dressing ingredients. Add extra olive oil or water if dressing is too thick.

  • Place spinach, chickpeas and veggies on a plate. Pour dressing on top and sprinkle with seeds.


  • Swap spinach with the leafy greens of your choice.
  • Feel free to load this salad up with as many veggies as you want.
  • Chickpeas add healthy protein, swap with black beans if you aren’t a fan of chickpeas.
  • Swap seeds with chopped cashews and almonds.
  • Swap tahini with the nut butter of your choice (though texture + thickness will change depending on the nut butter used).
  • Use coconut aminos instead of tamari to make this soy-free.

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 604kcal (30%) Carbohydrates: 30g (10%) Protein: 20g (40%) Fat: 49g (75%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g Monnounsaturated Fat: 22g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 262mg (11%) Potassium: 799mg (23%) Fiber: 10g (42%) Sugar: 6g (7%) Vitamin A: 4637IU (93%) Vitamin C: 40mg (48%) Calcium: 119mg (12%) Iron: 6mg (33%)


Crunchy Carrot Salad – A Refreshing Take on a Classic Side Dish

easy grated carrot salad

The salad recipe I’m sharing today is small but mighty. It’s not loaded with leafy greens. In fact, it’s quite a simple salad. My crunchy grated carrot salad is the perfect snack or side dish.

I created this salad for my Autumn Cleanse as a snack recipe since the healthy fats give you an afternoon refresh. The lemon and orange also brighten it up because we could all use a little extra sunshine in our lives.

grating vegetables for a healthy snack

Simple Carrot Salad Tips

The hardest part of this recipe is deciding whether to peel the carrots or grate them thinly. You do you!

I turn to this salad for an afternoon pick-me-up instead of veggies and dip because, well, it’s healthier. But the dressing does elevate this dish to more than just peeled carrots and some greens.

Extra Topping Options

Feel free to up the protein in this salad with chickpeas or black beans. Use toasted sunflower seeds for a different flavor and feel free to add in some spices of your choice. The classic French carrot salad also includes fruit, so add that as a topping.

fresh garden carrots

Carrot Nutrition

Everyone knows that carrots are healthy. The beta carotene that makes them orange is great for eye health. They are naturally sweet yet low in natural sugar. The nutrients in carrots have been shown to protect the body from several kinds of cancer.

Carrot Salad FAQs

Who invented carrot salad?

The carrot salad you knew as a child is probably a French Carrot salad. It often includes fruit and is used as a side dish. Feel free to add fresh apples or raisins to my version!

How long will carrot salad stay fresh?

While this salad is at its best eaten right away, you can refrigerate it for a day or two without the dressing on it.

plant based recipes using carrots

More Carrot Recipes

If you love this grated carrot salad, use the rest of the bag in your fridge or pull some more from the garden to use in these recipes:

Crunchy Carrot Salad

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This is my plant-powered take on a classic recipe. It is lighter, brighter, and not weighed down by mayo. Serve as-is for a wonderful side dish or double and enjoy as the main event.

Total Time10 minutes



  • 2 carrots (peeled into strips)
  • ¼ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • dash ground black pepper
  • dash sea ​​salt


  • 2 . orange (juiced)
  • 2 . lemon (juiced)
  • 2 . olive oil


  • Whisk together orange juice, lemon juice and olive oil. Set aside.

  • Combine carrot strips, cilantro and sunflower seeds on a plate.

  • Drizzle dressing over salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • You can grate the carrots for this salad instead of peeling them into strips.
  • Swap out the sunflower seeds with hemp hearts (still nut-free) or sliced ​​almonds.
  • Does cilantro taste like soap to you? If so, use parsley instead.
  • Feel free to use the carrots of your choice. When I created this salad for my Autumn Cleanse, I used rainbow carrots because they’re fun!

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 257kcal (13%) Carbohydrates: 12g (4%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 23g (35%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monnounsaturated Fat: 13g Sodium: 45mg (2%) Potassium: 356mg (10%) Fiber: 4g (17%) Sugar: 5g (6%) Vitamin A: 10368IU (207%) Vitamin C: 18mg (22%) Calcium: 41mg (4%) Iron: 1mg (6%)