Charring lemons give the dressing to this vegetarian summer salad a whole new depth. This Grilled Lemon Chickpea Salad is the perfect BBQ or picnic accompaniment: loaded with fresh vegetables, salty feta, pickled shallots, protein-packed garbanzo beans, and bright citrus.
While I appreciate a great potato or macaroni salad, I really love including some more unique additions to a summer BBQ.
A spin on pasta salad with Roasted Fennel Pasta Salad. A seasonal Purple Potato Salad with Fiddlehead Ferns. A sweet-and-savory Mint, Olive, and Watermelon Salad or a refreshing Mango, Black Bean, and Grilled Corn Salad.
The sides are actually always my favorite part about a BBQ. Well, that, and the beer.
This Grilled Lemon Chickpea Salad with Pickled Shallots is definitely one side that I would gravitate to at a summer shindig.
This Grilled Lemon Chickpea Salad takes a bit of inspiration from classic Greek flavor combinations. There’s zesty lemon, salty feta, fresh parsley, Kalamata olives, and roasted red peppers.
Chickpeas are the base of the salad. I love using chickpeas in hearty sides and salads. They’re not only inexpensive, but they pack a huge fiber and protein punch.
Mini heirloom tomatoes add a burst of color and Persian cucumbers add plenty of crunch.
Quick-pickled shallots, pickled in red wine and rice vinegar, give balance to the dish. I love anything pickled, particularly in salads or antipasto platters, and even more so in the summer.
The star of the show here? Lemon. But, not any lemon, no.
Grilling the lemons take just a few minutes and lead to a deeper citrus flavor with a slight char. It’s delicious when turned into a vinaigrette. To do this, a gas grill that is small or medium in size will work just fine (plus, they’re more portable and lightweight, great for bringing along on picnics!).
The punchy flavors of this Grilled Lemon Chickpea Salad makes it the perfect summer salad. Not to mention, it just looks really pretty, too.
I hope you enjoy this Grilled Lemon Chickpea Salad, and maybe bring it to your next BBQ! What’s your favorite go-to summer salad? Let me know in the comments below!
And here’s a few things you may need for this recipe:
Organic, Non-GMO Canned Garbanzo Beans // Mediterranean Organic Roasted Red Peppers // Nakano Natural Rice Vinegar // La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Grilled Lemon Chickpea Salad with Pickled Shallots
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 3 mins
- Total Time: 13 minutes
- Yield: 6-8 1x
Charring lemons give the dressing to this vegetarian summer salad a whole new depth. This Grilled Lemon Chickpea Salad is the perfect healthy and unique BBQ side dish.
FOR THE PICKLED SHALLOTS:
- 2 shallots, thinly sliced
- 2 ounces rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 ounce red wine
- Heavy pinch of salt
FOR THE GRILLED LEMON VINAIGRETTE:
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup grilled lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Sea salt and pepper, to taste
FOR THE SALAD:
- 3–4 lemons, for the vinaigrette and for serving
- 2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 3 Persian cucumbers, diced (2 cups)
- 1 pound mini heirloom tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and diced
- 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, diced
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Make the Quick-Pickled Shallots:
- Combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, and red wine in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add in the thinly sliced shallots and simmer one minute. Remove from heat.
- Let the mixture cool to room temperature and sit for about an hour. Strain the shallots.
Make the Vinaigrette:
- Cut the lemons in half cross-wise and brush the cut sides with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Grill the lemons over medium-high heat until heated through and charred, about 3 minutes.
- Squeeze the lemons (discarding the seeds) to measure a 1/4 cup of lemon juice. This should be about 2 or so lemons. Keep the additional grilled lemons for garnish.
- In a mason jar, combine the lemon juice with the olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey, oregano, and sea salt and pepper to taste. Shake well until combined.
Make the Salad:
- Combine the rinsed and drained chickpeas with the drained pickled shallots, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, olives, roasted red peppers, and parsley.
- Pour over the vinaigrette and toss everything until combined.
- Serve the salad with the additional grilled lemon as garnish. Serve the salad immediately or chill in the fridge and allow to marinade overnight to deepen and balance the flavors.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 302
- Sugar: 8g
- Fat: 19g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 25g
- Fiber: 5g
- Protein: 8g
- Cholesterol: 10mg
Varun Sharma says
This looks delicious and definitely a much needed healthy recipe this week everyone loved it.Thank you so much for sharing this.
Varun Sharma says
This looks delicious and definitely a much needed healthy recipe this week
Varun Sharma says
This looks delicious and definitely a much needed healthy recipe this week =)
Varun Sharma says
everyone loved it.Thank you so much for sharing this.
Mayuri Patel says
Grilling the lemon to make the dressing, that sounds like a very good idea. The salad sure looks so colorful and tempting. I too love to add chickpeas or beans to a salad to make it more filling.
Shannon Gurnee says
I love salads, but don’t have very many recipes. This looks like a yummy recipe!
Katrina kroeplin says
That look amazing!! I’m def saving for later!!
Emman Damian says
Grilled Lemon Chickpea Salad sounds so healthy and yummy! I hope to make one for my family this weekend! So good!
Emily Fata says
Oh my goodness, this looks like such a delicious recipe! With so many autumn parties coming up in the near future, this would be a great thing to make when either hosting your own, or being invited to someone else’s!
Lyanna Soria says
That grilled lemon chickpea salad looks delish! I think I’ve tried something similar before but I’d love to try this one out too.
Kelly Martin says
This looks like a yummy healthy salad. I love chickpeas.
I have a confession: I’ve never had chickpeas, ever. I will be up for trying this recipe as my first experience though. I love something lemony as it usually adds a much desirable flavor to anything for me that I’m attempting to enjoy any time of the day.
Erin Knight says
That looks so delicious. I love eating salmon and having shallot in the meal so I believe this dish is perfect for me.
GiGi Eats says
This sounds so very refreshing and would be wonderful paired with some shawarma!
Holy. Moly. That looks so good! I’m a huge fan of pickled onions, so I know these shallots are going to be perfect in this dish for me.
These photos are amazing! I want to hang some of these on my walls haha. I really really enjoy your salad recipes. Healthy has never looked so appetizing, and your salads are always so flavorful and bright. Thanks for sharing!
Dorothy Reinhold says
I wish I had this salad for lunch right now! It looks so delicious. Can’t wait to try that dressing!
Derek @ Dad With A Pan says
Love giving a char to my lemons, it definitely brings a different dynamic to a dish!
Savory Bites (@SavoryBites0411) says
Charring the lemons is so exciting.Need to try this way.
Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille) says
what an awesome idea to grill the lemons – must give a nice smoky flavor
What an incredible idea to char the lemons…I bet they add so much flavor.