Cumin Lime Chickpeas

$3.79 recipe / $0.63 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
5 from 10 votes
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Every winter, after weeks of eating hearty soups and stews, I start craving something really light and fresh. I just get sick of all of the super cooked down hot food. I want bright, I want it to taste like SUNSHINE. You know what I’m sayin’?

So today I threw together this quick salad with a couple of cans of chickpeas that I had hiding in the back of my pantry. It’s really fast, easy, and bursting with fresh flavor!

Lime juice can sometimes have a slightly bitter bite to it, so if you’re not into that or limes just aren’t available in your area, this salad would be just as delicious with lemon juice. If you want to cut the price in half, cook your own chickpeas from dry. I haven’t done it but I’m sure it’s just as easy as cooking any other bean… especially if you cook them in the slow cooker!

Another interesting twist to this salad would be to add a touch of honey and chopped jalapeno. Unfortunately, I didn’t think of that until just now as I was typing this. Someone try it for me and let me know how it is! Thanks!

Cumin Lime Chickpeas

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Cumin Lime Chickpeas

5 from 10 votes
This cumin lime chickpea salad has buttery chickpeas, red onion, cilantro, and a homemade cumin lime dressing.
Servings 6
Prep 15 minutes
Total 15 minutes


  • 2 15oz. cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) ($2.18)
  • 1/2 red onion ($0.51)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro ($0.39)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.15)
  • 1 lime ($0.25)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.22)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin ($0.05)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)


  • Empty both cans of chickpeas into a colander and rinse with cool water. Let the chickpeas drain as you prepare the rest of the salad.
  • Remove the cilantro leaves from the stems and then roughly chop. Dice the red onion. Place both in a large bowl.
  • Prepare the dressing by squeezing the juice from one lime into a bowl and adding the olive oil, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt. Finely mince two cloves of garlic and add them as well. Stir everything to combine. Taste and adjust salt to your liking.
  • Add the drained chickpeas and the dressing to the bowl with the cilantro and onion. Stir to combine and then serve! The flavor intensifies the longer it sits so, refrigerate before serving for a stronger flavor.

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Serving: 1ServingCalories: 260.07kcalCarbohydrates: 34.8gProtein: 12.15gFat: 9.25gSodium: 567.1mgFiber: 11.2g
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Step By Step Photos

canned chickpeas (two cans)
I had a couple lonely cans of chickpeas in my pantry, so what better to do with them than add my favorite flavors…

cilantro, lime, garlic and onion
Cilantro, lime, garlic, and onion! This really is my favorite combo. Anytime I need something to taste fresh and vibrant, this is what I reach for.

chickpeas in colander to rinse
Rinse the chickpeas in a colander with cool water to remove all of that canned flavor. I’m sure making fresh chickpeas from dry would not only be more inexpensive but the flavor would be even more clean and fresh. Note to self: make fresh chickpeas.

cilantro (removed stems and ready to chop)
Remove the leaves from the stems of the cilantro and then give them a rough chop. The leaves pull off easily so this should take no more than a minute or two.

dice red onion and chopped cilantro in bowl
Dice the red onion and place it in a bowl with the cilantro.

dressing ingredients in mixing bowl
Squeeze the juice from one lime into a bowl and add the olive oil, cumin, cayenne, and salt. Mince the garlic and add that as well.

cumin dressing stirred in bowl with fork
Stir it all up and now you’ve got a delicious cumin dressing. Give it a taste and adjust the salt and any other ingredients as you see fit.

all ingredients and dressing mixed in mixing bowl
Add the drained chickpeas and dressing to the bowl with the cilantro and onion. Stir until everything is coated in dressing and then serve!

top view of a bowl of cumin lime chickpeas
The salad will be even more intense the next day! …if it lasts that long!

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  1. Great bean salad, yummy to pick up with tortilla chips, but we like to mash it and add a few tbsp of mayo: amazing veggie chickpea salad sandwich!

  2. One of my go to bean salad dishes when I need something light and bright. It is so easy to throw together and I usually have all the ingredients on hand. Thanks Beth!

  3. Thank you! I tried this and added tiny trees of cauliflower in it and my goodness. I could eat this EVERY DAY. I used this salad for filling in my lettuce tacos. I topped with my salsa, I love spice. Outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Good recipe and easy to make. Did not quite have the flavour kick I was hoping for so hope it builds as this marinades in the fridge.