Chickpea Salad with Cumin

In this wonderful healthy salad, chickpeas are first cooked in salt cumin water, that makes them more digestible as well as adding a nutty and peppery flavours to the chickpeas. The chickpeas are then dressed in a spicy vinaigrette.

  • 250 g Dried chickpeas
  • 1/3 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1-2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/3 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1-2 tbsp Fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Parsley, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp Walnut oil
  1. Place the chickpeas in a bowl and add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Soak the chickpeas for 4 hours or overnight. Drain the chickpeas and discard the soaking water.
  2. Add the chickpeas, salt, cumin seeds and water to the pressure cooker so that the cooker is no more than one-third full. Lock the lid onto the pressure cooker and activate the desired program setting. Allow pressure to be fully released before removing the lid.
  3. Drain the chickpeas and place in a large bowl. Add the ground cumin , minced garlic, chilli powder, lime juice, chopped parsley, walnut oil, and salt to taste. Toss well. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes at room temperature. Check the seasoning and add more salt or lime juice if needed. You can serve the chickpeas mounded on some lettuce leaves if desired.


Anonymous 7/4/11 19:41

Your chickpea salad sounds so flavorful with cumin, nice!

[Reply] 7/4/11 19:43

Sounds wonderful and tasty.

aipi 7/4/11 19:44

Nice salad- The pics are FANTASTIC..
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Rosa's Yummy Yums 7/4/11 20:00

A salad which I'd gobble greedily!



Belinda @zomppa 7/4/11 20:21

Love these. One of my favorites...they are pretty addictive!

Only Fish Recipes 7/4/11 20:28

wow...looks just wonderful...very yummy !

Rosemary 7/4/11 21:14

They look just like a nutty snack! Love it!

Claudia 7/4/11 21:22

What a grand idea to cook the chickpeas with the cumin. I love playing with chickpeas and love your spiced-just-right version.

Michael Toa 7/4/11 21:32

I love chickpeas and cumin could well be my favourite spice. This is a winner and you can be sure I'll be giving this a go soon, very soon :)

Pegasuslegend 7/4/11 21:33

Chickpeas are so good for you, bonus in this tastey style salad!

Paula 7/4/11 21:34

what an awesome blog! I can`t wait to see your future posts! :)

have a great time,

Kris 7/4/11 22:32

This looks so amazing and healthy!

Priya 7/4/11 23:08

Very tempting and nutritious salad..

Parsley Sage 7/4/11 23:43

This is gonna be my new favorite salad, I can totally tell. I thought it was naughty to have a salad without lettuce...thanks for showing me the error of my ways! :)

Maris (In Good Taste) 7/4/11 23:45

I have been on a chick pea kick recently and this looks like my next little project!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 8/4/11 00:08

They sound delicious and wonderfully spiced.

Shirley @ Kokken69 8/4/11 01:24

I am so making this! Steamed chick peas have always been my favourite at the kacang Putih stall!

Torviewtoronto 8/4/11 01:31

colourful preparation healthy and delicious

OohLookBel 8/4/11 01:46

Lovely salad! It reminds me of the baked chickpeas with cumin that I make as a snack.

Sharmilee! :) 8/4/11 01:47

What a healthy n yummy salad

A little bit of everything 8/4/11 01:52

Your salad brings a flair of Mediterranean breeze to the table. Looks great. Thanks for sharing

Ah Tze 8/4/11 02:11

It sounds delicious with the used of spicy vinaigrette to chickpeas!

Maria 8/4/11 02:15

I don't know what it is with cumin and chickpeas that made them fit so well together, I love this combination!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 8/4/11 02:19

This looks fantastic, we love chickpeas, and the flavors are delicious in that salad.

Cynthia 8/4/11 03:16

I made some of this just last week. Angie, your food styling is always inspiring. I learn a lot from you.

[Reply] 8/4/11 04:33

I am about to step into my kitchen and make this... I love it!

Tina 8/4/11 05:11

Healthy n delicious salad...

Min {Honest Vanilla} 8/4/11 05:48

Oh I miss chickpeas... Mmmmm I've not had this for ages! And a dash of cumin makes it so complete :) Lovely recipe!

Indonesia Eats 8/4/11 06:00

This is so healthy and yummy!

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit 8/4/11 06:27

I love chickpeas- this salad looks delicious!

Vimitha Anand 8/4/11 06:35

Yummy pics and tasty looking salad...

sweetlife 8/4/11 06:46

perfect for a light lunch of a great side dish!


Yummy Team 8/4/11 07:54

I love this salad..Awesome clicks!

Olive 8/4/11 08:02

that's one beautiful salad you have there. I love your photos!! :)

kitchen flavours 8/4/11 10:10

I love chickpeas, just bought some over the weekend, ready boiled, salted with some curry leaves, really good. Never tried chickpeas with cumin before, your version sounds better and look really delicious!

Lauren 8/4/11 12:41

Admission, never cooked dried chickpeas but I will. Also, I had a version of this at a place in NY (argo tea) this week and have been craving it ever since- so happy to have a recipe.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 8/4/11 13:10

you just remind me i have so long did not eat this! your sound good.

alwayswinner786 8/4/11 13:16

Your chickpea salad looks so yummy and one new thing I learnt boiling chickpea with cumin seeds that I never do, I use to add cumin after boiling it! Thanks for sharing the tips!

marla 8/4/11 15:14

Angie, I love the simplicity of this chickpea recipe, sounds wonderful!

Mother Rimmy 8/4/11 15:32

I used to buy canned chickpeas, but after soaking my first batch and finding the texture and flavor to be so much better, I'll never buy canned again. I can't wait to try this salad with my soaked chickpeas!


Platanos, Mangoes and Me! 8/4/11 16:04

This is so good...simple adn healthy.

tigerfish 8/4/11 17:35

I was planning to make some chickpea side dish too! This is nutritious snack. :)

Magic of Spice 8/4/11 18:05

My kind of salad...delicious :)

Ivy 8/4/11 19:22

Sorry for the late visit but have been quite busy. You know how much I love chickpeas and surely will try them with cumin next time.

Gina 8/4/11 20:02

Hi Angie,
I must confess, I've never used the dried ones, only ones from a can. Now I now how to fix them, love cumin, I just love it's earthy flavor. Hope you have a great weekend.

She's Cookin' 8/4/11 23:42

I'm going to start soaking and cooking with dried chickpeas instead of canned - much less sodium and more crunch, too :) I love the simplicity of this recipe and cumin, yum!

Pacheco Patty 9/4/11 01:07

I've been seeing more chick pea salads and they do look good. I like the flavors in this recipe and think it would be great on it's own or as part of a composed salad plate;-)

Elisabeth 9/4/11 01:38

I used to make chickpea salad a lot, but have not made any just by itself in such a long time. I also add cumin too, and now that I have walnut oil that I received as a giveaway winner...oh, Yes!!! Thanks Angie, for sharing your super yummy recipe:DDD

Ashlea Taylor 9/4/11 02:26

I love chickpeas. This looks like such a great and easy way to use them. yum!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels 9/4/11 10:24

I absolutely love chickpeas. This salad looks soooo good, I can't wait to try it out! :)

Joanne 9/4/11 14:28

I am a HUGE chickpea fan and this recipe is exactly the kind of thing I love to have for lunch! The presentation in the glasses is a great idea! Beautiful photos.

Victor 9/4/11 15:17

Oh yummy, what a delicious healthy salad! Love the blend of all these flavors!

Lisa H. 9/4/11 17:01

Chickpea and cumin... love these 2...

pigpigscorner 9/4/11 17:04

WHat a great salad! I much prefer this than leafy ones =P

Sanjeeta kk 9/4/11 17:11

What lovely clicks, Angie! Such a simple yet healthy recipe. Love the presentation.

Joanna 9/4/11 20:45

Never prepared chickpeas this way but I definitely have to try.

Nithu 9/4/11 23:38

Oh! I love chickpeas. This salad is looking wonderful.

Raina 10/4/11 03:24

What a flavorful salad. I love chickpeas and love finding new ways to serve them. This sounds great:)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 10/4/11 06:46

I love anything with chickpeas. It's so great that they're so delicious, versatile, and healthy. This salad looks perfect for a light lunch!

Roz from 'la bella vita' 10/4/11 17:31

Those chickpeas with cumin would be devoured immediately in my mouth if they were in front of me!

Devaki 10/4/11 18:13

Hey hey hey....we grew up on this!!! Fantatsic and I could snack on these lovelies all day long :)

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Michael Toa 10/4/11 19:59

Hi Angie, just to let you know, I made this salad to accompany my curry dish and it was so delicious. Will be making this often. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Enjoy your Sunday.

Barbara 10/4/11 20:17

Oh, I like this, Angie! What a super side dish, too. Copied the recipe already! :)

Gloria 10/4/11 21:01

Angie I love chickéas are delicious, waht nice recipe,x gloria

Angela@RecipesFromMyMom 10/4/11 21:25

I would love to make your chickpeas and then add them to my three bean salad. They would rock my salad world!

Lizzy 10/4/11 22:00

Oh, man, this sounds so healthy and delicious...I love the idea of mixing chickpeas with cumin...mmmmm.

Megan 10/4/11 23:51

I love the addition of walnur oil. Hi Angie ...
Long time no visit. Lovely recipe and photos. Hope you are well. Megan

Reeni 11/4/11 02:59

Cumin is such a natural spice to pair chickpeas with! Completely delicious!

Angela 11/4/11 04:21

Beautiful! I adore chick peas.

Monet 11/4/11 06:36

What a simple and satisfying salad. Thank you for infusing your posts with your kind spirit, your thoughtful words, and your beautiful photographs. Even in the midst of sadness, I find such solace visiting the blogs that I've grown to love this past year. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, my friend. A big hug from Austin!

grace 12/4/11 09:20

i think cumin was made to complement beans of all kinds, black beans in particular. it's absolutely wonderful with garbanzo beans too, so i think this is a wonderful salad!

Plate and Pour 13/4/11 20:20

How deliciously wonderful! I am trying to find ways to incorporate more protein in my diet and this tasty salad sounds like it will quickly become a favorite.

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 16/4/11 00:05

I just have soaked some chickpeas after reading your post : ) Lovely salad

Srivalli 20/4/11 02:54

Pictures are so stunning!..and your gallery is a lovely idea..

Catherine 20/4/11 02:56

Dear Angie, Chickpeas are one of my all-time favorite foods. Combine chickpeas with cumin and I will think I am in heaven. Blessings, Catherine xo

srividhya Ravikumar 7/5/11 04:27

colourful and healthy salad Angie... looks yum..

Sook 9/5/11 04:45

Chickpeas are one of my favorites! So healthy and yummy!

Kevin Marshall 25/9/13 12:33

Love the color in your spices you use. This is my favorite dish you have posted.
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