The Unorthodox Epicure — Easy Peasy Chickpea Salad

There have been plenty of times that I’ve mocked delicious restaurant fare, but it was always planned.

Take Schlotzsky’s, for example. I ate their funky sandwiches for 20-some-odd years before finally making a copycat worthy of sharing with my 19 loyal readers. Same thing with Pizza Hut’s Supreme Sandwich. I grew up on it and thought my peeps might also like to try this now extinct menu item.

There have been plenty other restaurant inspirations, but none as unexpected as the complimentary salad served to us at Park Wayne Diner in Wayne, New Jersey. It’s a different salad every day, from what I’m told. We were lucky (and so are all 19 of you) that they whipped up a cold chickpea concoction on the evening we visited the place.

Now, I know that there are plenty of chickpea salad recipes out there, but many I’ve seen are multi-step and even a little complicated at times. Not this recipe.

In fact, if you don’t already have all of the ingredients in your fridge or pantry, you’ll spend no more than a few paltry pesos at just about any supermarket to complete this dish.

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Easy Peasy Chickpea Salad

chickpea salad in bowl

Easy Peasy Chickpea Salad — Simply delicious

5.0 from 3 reviews
Easy Peasy Chickpea Salad
Easy Peasy Chickpea Salad — Simply delicious
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6
  • 2 -– 15 oz. cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed well
  • ⅓ cup – Italian dressing*
  • 3 — Small sweet peppers, diced
  • 1 – Shallot, chopped
  • 1 TB — Lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and black pepper (optional)
  1. Combine chickpeas, shallots and dressing; cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; mix well.
  3. Season, if desired.
I prefer an olive oil-based Italian dressing or vinaigrette.



  1. As I have been lightening up my eating load – salads have become more and more important to me. I believe this salad would be perfect for lunch and will add it to my arsenal! Thanks!

    • adamjholland says:

      Enjoy. And, the joint in NJ had slivers of carrot and couple other things in it. So, adjust to your heart’s desire (pun intended)!

  2. Adam, this salad sounds delish and I’m glad you were able to recreate it at home. I trust your “flavor” memory — some of the “copy cat” recipes I’ve tried were dubious at best. The lone can of chick peas languishing in my pantry thanks you, too. 🙂

    • adamjholland says:

      Thank you, Kim. I have a lot more copycat failures than I care to admit. This one was easy, particularly since none of my 19 loyal readers live near the diner. 😉

  3. I’ve recently began cooking my own legumes and especially chickpeas to keep the sodium down for what I need in my diet. It’s on my to-do list today. I will give this a try.

  4. Nice and simple. Looks like you added some parsley as well.

  5. Looks delicious as always Adam!

  6. Simple and easy and I bet oh so tasty!!!! Thanks for sharing. I am a big chickpea fanatic! (And, I’m pretty sure their or more than 19 of us out there.)

    • adamjholland says:

      It’s so simple and tasty, Debram, that I was kicking myself for not coming up with it on my own. Then again, I’m quite simple myself. 😉

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