Greek Chickpea Salad

Greek Chick Pea SaladI made this salad for the 4th of July celebration this year, and it was a hit.   The fresh mint, feta cheese and tasty dressing combined with chickpeas, crunchy cucumbers and tomatoes makes for a delicious but healthy dish.  This Greek Chickpea Salad is another great way to add nutritious chickpeas to your diet!

2 (15.5-ounce) cans chickpeas or 3 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup red onion, chopped small

1 cucumber, chopped

3 medium tomatoes, diced

Oops, the sesame paste (tahini) shown in this picture is NOT in this recipe.

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, minced

1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

4 tbsp fresh parsley, minced

1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped (optional)

3 tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)

1 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp garlic, minced or pressed (or more to taste)

1 tsp agave nectar or honey

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large bowl, toss chickpeas, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, mint, feta, parsley and olives.  In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, mustard, oil, garlic and agave nectar together.  Pour dressing on top of the chickpea mixture, and stir gently until combined.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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