Chicken and Chickpea Salad with Fresh Basil Dressing (Greek Island of Crete)

This is one of my favorite summertime meals and yes, it is definitely a meal!  You can add soup or bread, but it’s not needed.  When I was a kid, my Dad would grow fresh chickpeas and we would eat them right from the vine.  Luckily, there were plenty more that we dried and cooked to make recipes like this one.  This fresh basil dressing is best made when there is an abundance of fresh basil.  When you make the dressing, I recommend adding the amount you want.  You will have enough Mediterranean salad dressing for more salads!  It will last 4 or 5 days in the fridge and improves over time.  Nutritionally, you are loading up with anti-inflammatory foods, omega 3’s, antioxidants, protein, and fiber.  Enjoy this new Mediterranean diet recipe!





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Chicken and Chickpea Salad with Fresh Basil Dressing (Greek Island of Crete)

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4
Calories 879 kcal



  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 3 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • Salt and pepper (to taste) 


  • 1 pound poached chicken breast, cubed
  • 28 ounces can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 walnuts, halved
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 10 black olives, pitted
  • 6 sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped


  • Combine all ingredients for dressing in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Add all salad ingredients in another bowl. Add preferred amount of dressing. Mix well and serve.


Calories: 879kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 38gFat: 67gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 43gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 950mgPotassium: 1339mgFiber: 14gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 14080IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 157mgIron: 6mg
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About the Author: Koula Barydakis
Koula Barydakis was born into a long tradition of eating and living Mediterranean on the Greek island of Crete. She is a chef who has worked in many of the top restaurants in Crete and in Greek Town in Toronto, Canada. Koula is the co-author of “Foods of Crete, Traditional Recipes of the Healthiest People in the World” and is currently completing her second cookbook. Koula teaches cooking classes to tourists in Crete and has been hired to teach classes in other countries as well.
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