Eggplant Chickpea Salad

4 portions
25 min

This easy Eggplant Chickpea Salad is made with only 2 main ingredients, fresh herbs, spices, and a tangy garlic and lemon dressing!

This subtly flavored salad really celebrates the chickpeas, fried or roasted eggplant adds the perfect additional texture to this vitamin-rich, full of fiber, protein, iron, and perfect for keeping us going on busy days.

This recipe calls for two main ingredients – eggplant and chickpea. I mostly use canned chickpeas but feel free to use raw chickpeas as well (who has time for this? ))). If you’re going to use raw chickpeas there’s more preparation time involved. 

This how you’d go about it. Place a cup of chickpeas in a pot/bowl of cold water for 8-12 hours. Then wash and drain and fill the pot with fresh water and take it to a boil. Then throw in the chickpeas and cook on medium for 1-2 hours or until soft. Let them cool and they are ready to be added to the salad!

Recipe details
  • 4  portions
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 1 can chickpeas about 1 cup
  • 3 small eggplants
  • Oil for cooking
  • A handful of parsley and cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp apple cider or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice fresh
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp heaping sweet paprika powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Slice the eggplants into thick circles, spread them out on an even surface (e.g. baking tray) sprinkle some salt on top, and set aside. When ready, wash and pat dry and cut into cubes.
In a medium pan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat and fry eggplants until golden brown. Add more salt to taste. Reduce the heat to low, close the lid and let them simmer for 10-12 minutes.
Drain and rinse the chickpeas, then tip into the pan with the eggplant. Stir to combine and let the chickpeas become warm (5 min). When done, transfer to a serving bowl.
Prepare the dressing. In a small mixing bowl add all the salad dressing ingredients and mix well. Alternatively, you can combine the ingredients in a jar, close the lid, and give it a good shake. Then use it to drizzle the salad. Sprinkle the sesame seeds and paprika, if you wish, and serve!
This under 30-minute salad, can be served warm or at room temperature or cold. It’s even better served with halloumi or feta.
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  • Susan Susan on Jan 08, 2021

    Not sure if you removed the outside of chick peas?

    • TheYummyBowl TheYummyBowl on Jan 13, 2021

      Hi Susan, I'm not sure what you mean by this. I used canned chickpeas, drained, rinsed.