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Chickpea Salad with Roasted Lemon Vinaigrette

Chickpea Salad with Roasted Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Author: Isabelle Boucher (Crumb)
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x


This fresh, bright salad is a perfect standalone meal in and of itself, though it's equally good served alongside grilled chicken or salmon if you want something a little more substantial.



Roasted Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 1 lemon (preferably Meyers, if you can get them)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp good-quality olive oil (plus a little for brushing onto the lemons)

Chickpea Salad:

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill


Prepare the Vinaigrette:

  1. Preheat your broiler.
  2. Cut the lemons in half cross-wise, and use the tip of your knife to remove the seeds. Brush the cut surfaces with a little olive oil.
  3. Place the lemons cut-side up on a baking sheet lined with foil, and broil until soft and slightly charred around the edges, about 8-10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Once the lemons are cool enough to handle, squeeze the juice and pulp into a small bowl (you should have approximately 1-2 tbsp, depending on the size of your lemons).
  5. Whisk in the garlic, honey, salt and pepper. Then, continuing to whisk, slowly drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil until completely incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.

Assemble the Salad:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over the vinaigrette, then toss until the salad is well mixed and everything is thoroughly coated with vinaigrette.
  2. The salad can be served right away, but it's even better after it's had a couple of hours to let the flavour blend and mellow.


The lemons for this recipe can also be grilled, if you prefer - simply place the halved lemons cut side down on a lightly-oiled grill and cook until lightly charred around the edges, about 8-10 minutes.

  • Category: Salad