Indian Chickpea Salad is a super easy recipe that’s bursting with flavors. A mix of chickpeas with pomegranate, onion, tomato, cucumber, cheese, lemon, and chat masala. It’s a perfectly healthy meal any time of the day or year.
Quick Easy Indian Chickpea Salad
One of my most favorite go-to salad all season long is this ‘Indian Chickpea Salad’, also called ‘Chole Salad’ (in Indian language).
A great mix of fresh ingredients, boiled chickpeas with nuts/cheese, and some chat masala (a lemony-spicy blend of spices – available in every Indian store).
It’s packed with flavors, filled with nutrients, and works as a light meal or easy to pair with any kind of food.
Ingredients for the Indian Chickpea Salad:
Here are the simple ingredients that can be found in any Indian or your local grocery stores:
Boiled Chickpeas – nicely washed and drained
Onions – I’m using red onions but any other onions would be fine too
Tomatoes – I’m using cherry tomatoes, but use any fresh tomato
Pomegranate – fresh or packed pomegranate arils are best here.
Mixed Nuts – use as per choice or omit this ingredient
Feta Cheese – use any light crumbly cheese
Chat Masala – or any spicy lemon mix
Lime or Lemon
How to Make Chole Salad:
The recipe cannot be easier than this, just add everything in a huge bowl and mix.
Check for seasoning and enjoy.
Above is an idea of packing the salad for a party or work lunch.
I’m mixing some of my favorite nuts like walnuts, almonds, cranberries in it, but you can add or remove this ingredient as per your choice.
I’ve added Feta Cheese to it but you can add any light crumbly cheese or skip this ingredient if you want a vegan salad.
One thing to remember with any salad is that if you mix seasoning + salt in it, after few minutes it will become soggy or watery.
Hence, I always add salt to salad just before serving or keep it in a separate box if packing it for lunch/picnics.
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- 2 cup cooked chickpeas
- 1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
- 1 large cucumber - thinly chopped
- 1 small red onion - thinly chopped
- 1 Large tomato - thinly chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro - thinly chopped
- 1/2 mixed nuts (as per your choice)
- 4 tablespoon deta cheese (optional)
- Juice of 2 large lemon
- 1 teaspoon Salt (add more as per choice)
- 1/2 teaspoon Red Chili powder
- 1 tablespoon Chat masala
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and all the spices.
- Mix everything and taste test for seasoning (salt/pepper)
- Serve immediately or store in an air-tight box in the fridge for 6-7 hrs.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 500mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 11gSugar: 21gProtein: 12g