Recipe: Chickpea Salad with Cucumber, Cumin & Mint

This is light, fresh, and filling. The mint and lemon add brightness, while the cumin and sun-dried tomatoes keep everything earthy and grounded. We ate it for dinner with baked sweet potatoes and sautéed kale, though it would be equally as good on its own for lunch. No further introduction needed.

colorful. healthful. delicious.

colorful. healthful. delicious.

Chickpea, Mint, Cucumber & Cumin Salad (adapted from this recipe)


  • Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp whole cumin seeds
  • to taste: red pepper flakes
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed & drained
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
  • large handful of fresh parsley, minced
  • medium handful of fresh mint, minced
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1.5 lemons
  • 1/2 English cucumber, diced
  • to taste: sea salt


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the cumin seeds and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until the cumin is toasted. 
  • Add the minced garlic and cook on medium-low for another minute or two, until the garlic is golden.
  • Add the chickpeas and tomatoes to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, on medium-high until the chickpeas are warm.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, combine the parsley, mint, lemon juice, and cucumber. When the chickpea mixture is cooked, add it to this bowl. Salt to your taste and toss, the refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
cool + warm

cool + warm


7 thoughts on “Recipe: Chickpea Salad with Cucumber, Cumin & Mint

  1. Katherine

    Holy smokes, what timing! We went out for lunch with a friend from Iraq today and ended up in the Arabic-speaking part of Kharkov. Since there was some awesome hummus at the restaurant I asked my friend if he could show me a place to buy chickpeas. He led us through a market of stalls hawking dried fish, kebab, all kinds of stuff, and into a tiny little shop that sold imported foods in Arabic-labeled containers… and there were chickpeas galore (and okra and tahini and many other cool things). So your post comes at the perfect time, thank you!! : )

    1. taplatt Post author

      Perfect, Katherine! Glad the timing worked out for you — and that’s amazing you found chickpeas and tahini in Ukraine…hope they don’t break the bank for you!

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