Instant Pot Chickpea Salad

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recipe by Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    6hrs 20mins
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based on 2 ratings

Healthy, light, and refreshing, this Mediterranean-style chickpea salad is tossed with red wine vinegar dressing. It’s perfect for spring and summer picnics, but I also make it year round. Cook a large batch of chickpeas over the weekend, and make this your go-to weekday meal. TRY THIS: You can make this salad with Kidney Beans or Navy Beans. You won't need to adjust the pressure or the cook time for either swap. MAKE IT VEGAN: Skip the Feta Cheese and make it Vegan.

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recipe updated Jun 2, 2020


  • Dried chickpeas icon
    Dried chickpeas
    1 cup (about 204 g)
  • Water icon
    3 cups (about 720 g)
  • Extra virgin olive oil icon
    Extra virgin olive oil
    2 tbsp (about 27.3 g)
  • Red wine vinegar icon
    Red wine vinegar
    1 tbsp (about 15 g)
  • Kosher salt icon
    Kosher salt
    1 tsp (about 2.85 g)
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    ½ tsp (about 1.07 g)
  • Onion icon
    ½ cup (about 81.6 g)
  • Cherry tomatoes icon
    Cherry tomatoes
    10 (about 150 g)
  • Pitted black olives icon
    Pitted black olives
  • Cucumber icon
    1 (about 300 g)
  • Green bell pepper icon
    Green bell pepper
    ¼ cup (about 37.8 g)
  • Cilantro icon
    2 tbsp (about 3.6 g)
  • Feta cheese icon
    Feta cheese
    28.38 g (about 1 ⅞ tbsp)


  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Water
  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Inner pot
  • kCook icon Large serving bowl
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl

Step preview

  1. Add dried chickpeas to a clean large mixing bowl
  2. Cover with cold water
  3. Soak - approx 6 hr
  4. Drain and rinse
  5. Transfer beans to inner pot
  6. Add water to the inner pot
  7. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  8. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 15 min
  9. Natural release
  10. Drain
  11. Let cool - approx 5 min
  12. Add extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, kosher salt and black pepper to a clean small bowl
  13. Whisk thoroughly
  14. Add beans to large serving bowl
  15. Add onion, cherry tomatoes, pitted black olives, cucumber, green bell pepper and cilantro to the large serving bowl
  16. Toss dressing with salad
  17. Serve cold
  18. Top with feta cheese
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