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Turkish Chickpea Salad

4 Servings

40 minutes

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In this version of nohut piyazi, or Turkish chickpea salad, we use umami-rich sun-dried tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes. Their intense flavor, along with sliced red onion, lemon juice and fresh herbs, adds contrast to the backdrop of earthy chickpeas. Aleppo pepper is a coarsely ground red pepper with mild heat and notes of dried fruit and cumin; tangy, fruity, brick-red ground sumac is made from the dried berries of the sumac bush. Both are commonly used in Turkish cooking and are sold in spice shops and most well-stocked supermarkets. If Aleppo pepper isn’t available, substitute with ¾ teaspoon sweet paprika plus ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper and garnish with additional paprika; simply omit the sumac if you cannot find it. This salad is great served as a side to grilled meats, seafood or kebabs, or offer it as a light main course, with warmed flatbread alongside.




Don’t skip the step of heating the chickpeas and seasonings in the microwave and allowing them to cool before completing the salad. The chickpeas expand when warmed; as they cool, they absorb the seasonings so that each bite is flavorful.

40 minutes


  • 2

    15½-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 3

    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve


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Melissa M.
May 16, 2024
Not your boring old bean salad.
Super easy and tasty. I made the recipe exactly as written, and it's definitely a lunch salad I will put into rotation. The chickpeas are so well seasoned, and the lemon juice and spices give it just the right kick. Leftovers kept well.
Jennifer B.
February 26, 2024
Delicious, lots of punch!
Of course I soaked and boiled my own garbanzos, can't imagine this recipe with canned. Delicious and packed a punch!
Tori E.
July 23, 2023
Excellent Summer dish!
I'm always looking for light, easy meals that don't require the stove or oven when the temps rise. This dish absolutely fits the bill. I made it a couple of hours ahead, so the flavors had time to meld. It was the main course after a garden grown caprese salad. Both were paired with a crisp white wine... Delicious! I will definitely make this again!
Robert C.
January 10, 2023
I had high hopes for this salad as the New Year turned toward healthier eating habits after a steady diet of sugar-coated holidays. It was easy to make, and last night it tasted good. After a day to settle into the flavors, it was amazing. Great flavors and textures.
Athena P.
June 24, 2022
Very tasty!
This salad has become a favorite summer side dish; it's easy to halve for a single meal for the two of us & if we make the full recipe it keeps nicely for a 2nd meal the next day. When I can't get fresh basil I've substituted other herbs like fresh mint or cilantro & different, of course, but just as tasty.
Colleen M C.

I love so much about Milk Street! However, not everyone has a microwave. I appreciate when you detail the effect you want, then I can figure a work around

Kristen B.

I made this over the weekend and it was delicious. I love such simple recipes that bring so much flavor! Thank you for a great recipe!

stephanie e.

delicious, easy and adaptable. Added some chopped massaged curly kale I had handy and it was a great side dish
Will def make again