Chickpea, Sweet Pepper and Arugula Salad

A fresh, satisfying arugula salad recipe made with hearty chickpeas and sweet peppers, tossed in a zesty homemade lemon dressing!

Chickpea, sweet pepper and arugula salad in a white bowl.

I know what you are thinking…..Is this really all that good? I am here to tell you, IT REALLY IS THAT GOOD! Talk about a healthy salad you could eat and not feel at all guilty about! It’s colorful, flavorful and just what we need to keep us on track for our goals of staying healthy for 2011!!

Do give this one a try. I first tried this arugula salad from a birthday party and no joke could not stop eating it! I was never even a fan of chickpeas until I tried this refreshing salad. I just knew I had to re-create it for everyone to try. Hope you enjoy!

The ingredients for chickpea and sweet pepper arugula salad.

Here’s your line-up.

Chickpeas in a glass bowl.

Drain those chickpeas 🙂

Roasted red peppers are lifted out of a jar.

Roasted Red Peppers may look like some creepy sea creature, but look out they come packed with tons of flavor!

Chopped sweet peppers in a glass bowl.

Give the peppers a good chop and add to your chickpeas.

Olive oil is poured into a measuring cup surrounded by lemons.

Time to make your lemon dressing. Really simple. Olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. It’s wonderful!

Two halves of a lemon on a plate.

You’ll use 1/2 of a nice juicy lemon.

A hand squeezes a lemon over a measuring cup filled with olive oil.

Give it a good squeeze into your olive oil.

Salt and pepper is added to a measuring cup with olive oil.

Season with salt and pepper then give a good wisk.

Lemon dressing is poured over a bowl of chickpeas and red peppers.

Pour dressing over your chickpeas and peppers 🙂

Chickpeas and sweet peppers are tossed in a bowl with lemon dressing.

….and give a good toss.

Arugula leaves in a bowl.

Lay down some beautiful arugula leaves in a serving dish.

A spoonful of chickpeas and sweet peppers is added to arugula salad.

Place your chickpeas and peppers tossed in dressing over your arugula, give a nice toss and EAT 🙂

Chickpea, sweet pepper and arugula salad in a white bowl.
Chickpea, sweet pepper and arugula salad in a white bowl.

Lemon Dressing Drizzled Chickpea and Sweet Pepper Arugula Salad

A fresh summer salad recipe made with hearty chickpeas, sweet peppers, and peppery arugula tossed in a zesty homemade lemon dressing!
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 2 15 oz. cans garbanzo beans drained
  • 1 cup chopped roasted red peppers drained
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 fresh lemon squeezed
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 bag fresh arugula


  • Place garbanzo beans and peppers into a mixing bowl. 
  • Place olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper into a bowl and whisk to combine. Toss over garbanzo beans and toss to coat. 
  • Spoon over a bed of fresh arugula leaves and toss. Serve room temperature or chilled.


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1072IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: chickpea salad, healthy salad recipes


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38 Responses
  1. Shelby


    What a healthy, yet flavorful salad! This would be a wonderful addition to any family dinner table, and it seems like a great recipe to get your kids involved with, because they’d have fun squeezing the lemon and whisking the dressing together. I believe that involving kids in the kitchen is a great way for them to gain important skills. Cooking with your kids can help them engage in everything from practicing fractions to following instructions to problem solving in a pinch, while also learning all about the food they eat. That’s why I work for the Healthy Monday Campaigns, which just launched a new program. The Kids Cook Monday aims to encourage families to cook and eat together every Monday. Research shows that children from families who cook and eat together often are less likely to be obese, eat a more nutritious diet, and get better grades in school. (To see more, check out

    We’re looking for blogs and websites to help us spread the word by writing weekly posts, usually chronicling their family dinner stories and recipes. If you’re interested in participating, please email me at

    Thanks. Beautiful photos, by the way!

  2. Cookin' Canuck

    This is the way to do a healthy salad – plenty of protein and lots of different flavors. Nice!

  3. maryann

    I made this recipe and love, love, loved it.
    I wanted to also let you know how much I love your website
    Thanks for all your recipes and hard work.

  4. Leslie

    This looks huh-mazing. I bet it would be great with a little sprinkle of feta cheese too 🙂

  5. Susan Mallery

    This looks like the best kind of meal. Fast, easy, and fresh. Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)

    Chickpeas are definitely my favorite bean, and I am always looking for ways to use arugula. This must be a wonderful combination. I LOVE your photos and am so pleased to have discovered your blog through Food News. I look forward to reading your posts!

  7. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    I have all the ingredients in my cupboard! Except i was at TJ’s today, just posted about it, and picked up a fresh red pepper. How crazy..I can totally make this tomorrow without leaving my house! YAY!

  8. Chili Dude

    What a great idea!! Looks like a great recipe. I am going to have to try this one this weekend. I am going to cook it for the family.


    Chili Dude

  9. Amy at TheSceneFromMe

    I would so eat this! I’ve just recently (within the last year) started eating chickpeas and experimenting with them and this salad looks delicious. Lemon in the dressing sound so tasty!

  10. Heather at Kitchen Concoctions

    Jenny I love all your fun, creative, and yummy dessert recipes but I am really lovin’ these back to back meals that you have been sharing!

  11. nicole, the very hungry caterpillar

    i already love chickpeas this is right up my alley. I will recreate later this week. thanks for sharing

  12. marla {family fresh cooking}

    I all ready love chickpeas so I do not need any convincing to try this salad – looks awesome Jenny. The pics are bold & beautiful! xo

  13. shelly (cookies and cups)

    I love chick peas! When I was little I used to open a can and eat the whole thing, my mo thought I was a little crazy 😉 This is the prefect salad for me!

  14. Lisa Huff

    That looks so good and I don’t generally like chickpeas either. I love those spoons! did you get them recently?

      1. Lisa Huff

        That’s so funny because I was at HomeGoods and TJ Maxx today and they had some of those salad utensils almost exactly like yours but yours are much cuter so I held off on buying them. But I bought a bunch of other stuff! haha! I’m addicted to those 2 stores!

  15. Wenderly

    This just looks so bright and crunchy and vibrant! It’s exactly what I need I need right now in the middle of cold, dark and sluggish winter! Thanks love! 🙂

  16. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    This looks like a great lunch salad! So simple, yet I’m sure it tastes amazing. Thanks for this recipe.

  17. martina fegan

    I am going to get the ingredients for this today! I just started weight watchers and this would be a healthy recipe to add to my menu! Thanks!

    1. Jenny

      Perfect Martina,
      You’ll have to let me know how you like it! It has become a quick favorite in my house!

  18. Heather (Heather's Dish)

    this sounds so fresh and amazing! i love the lemon dressing too; i’m always looking for good homemade dressing recipes but haven’t found one i love just yet. i can’t wait to make this one!

  19. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

    Love chickpeas! I am thinking I would like to try this with roasted ones too.

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