Summer Chickpea Salad with Apricots

by Mary on August 4, 2012

chickpea salad in a large white serving plate

chickpea apricot salad

This chickpea salad,  good anytime with dried apricots, gets a midsummer upgrade here with chopped, fresh apricots. The chickpeas are mixed with Italian parsley and other herbs, kalamata olives, and extra virgin olive oil. I served it with a currant-pistachio rice pilaf, steamed cauliflower, and watermelon with lime juice and mint. Use one batch of my Basic Chickpeas cooked with bay leaves and garlic, or pull out two cans of chickpeas from the cupboard.

I adapted the Turkish Garbanzo Salad from Puget Consumer’s Co-op’s deli, scaling PCC’s recipe down from commercial size, making it lighter and less vinegary, and using the fresh apricots instead of the original dried ones.

PCC is a large and successful food co-op known for its community contributions like cooking classes and a farmland preservation trust. I also appreciate their online recipe files.

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Summer Chickpea Salad with Apricots
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Recipe type: bean salad
Serves: 4
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • several generous grinds of black pepper
  • For the salad:
  • 5 cups freshly cooked garbanzo beans (see my Basic Chickpeas recipe) or 2 15 oz. cans garbanzo beans
  • ⅓ cup chopped green onion (scallion), about 3 stalks (or red or sweet white onion)
  • ⅓ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • ½ cup chopped fresh or ⅓ cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  1. Combine dressing ingredients with garbanzo beans in a large bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Serve, or if you have time (ideal but not required), marinate for several hours and then serve.


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Theresa August 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

This sounds awesome! Full of protein and flavor, love the addition of kalamata olives. I will definitely be trying this one!
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mary August 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Thanks, Theresa!


Reeni August 9, 2012 at 12:14 am

What a wonderful salad with so many great textures and flavors going on! I love having salads like this on hand during the summer for a cool lunch or dinner.
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Hannah August 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I must confess, I’ve never used apricots in any savory application. Now that I’m finally beginning to get over my prejudice against fruit in savory dishes, I must try this! It definitely looks like a promising place to start.
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Elizabeth August 17, 2012 at 1:49 am

I would have never thought about using apricots in a salad with chickpeas. Looks like a great recipe. Great summer salad!
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Susan S. Bradley August 24, 2012 at 11:23 pm

This looks and sounds marvelous! I LOVE chickpeas. Can’t wait to try this.


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