Moroccan Chickpea Rice Salad

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Moroccan Chickpea and Rice Salad…is the salad for family and friends get togethers. When in need of a hearty salad…this insanely tasty salad is a must to try.

healthy rice salad made simply,

A mix of rice and chickpeas, fresh veggies, raisins, plenty of fresh lemon juice with a splash of olive oil, and some fresh cilantro to balance out the earthy chickpeas. So much healthiness!

This simple to prepare Moroccan rice salad isn’t a weekday salad, but an exotic “company’s coming” salad. The rice and chickpea salad is hands down one of my favourite rice chickpea salad.

The Moroccan spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon and fresh ginger give this rice and chickpea salad real authentic Moroccan flavours. This epic rice chickpea salad is nutritionally dense, vegan and naturally gluten-free.


chickpeas in a strainer


the Moroccan rice salad recipe details,

This Moroccan rice salad is probably one of the simplest salads to make. To make the salad, you will need three cups of cooked long-grain rice, such as basmati rice.

Once the rice is cooled, all you do is mix in the remaining ingredients and set the salad aside to develop flavours.

I’ve made this salad three times this month so far. I just love the combination of rice and chickpea salad, and so does my family. The zesty lemon combined with spices, garlic, ginger and fresh cilantro infuses the rice and chickpeas with so much flavour and freshness.

The Moroccan salad is fresh flavourful and with so many textures.


moroccan rice in a pot


a little less time in the kitchen,

There is so much going on in this rice and chickpea salad that it is anything but boring. And the leftovers make for an incredibly tasty lunch the next day.

In the summer, I try not to spend too much time in a hot kitchen. This is when rice salads come in handy. You can make the salad well in advance and have it ready when you need it.


ingredients for moroccan rice salad, chickpeas, rice, onions, raisins, spices


Rice and chickpea salad…the ingredients

I know that this rice and chickpea salad recipe has a long list of ingredients. However, they are mostly spices. The two main ingredients are rice and chickpeas.

The salad takes only minutes to put together, but it has to sit for at least thirty minutes for the flavours to develop. And yes it is totally vegan 🙂


moroccan rice salad on a wooden spoon


I especially love this Moroccan rice salad because it keeps up to seven days when refrigerated and tastes even more delicious with each day as the flavours intensify.

The best part, you can bring the chickpea and rice salad to summer barbecues, and you don’t have to worry about keeping the salad chilled. This rice chickpea salad should be served at room temperature. Enjoy!

If you like the flavours of Moroccan cuisine, check out this Lamb Stew with Saffron Ginger and Green Beans Recipe


  • 3 cups cooked GF long grain rice (I used basmati rice)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 14 oz. can chickpeas, drain and rinse well
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. GF ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. GF ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. GF turmeric powder (sometimes I add it to the water with rice while the rice is cooking)
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
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  • Place all the ingredients in the same order as listed in a large bowl
  • Mix together, cover and set aside for 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight
  • Mix just before serving and serve at room temperature
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    7 Responses to Moroccan Chickpea Rice Salad

    • Debbite Z. January 19, 2021

      this rice salad is so tasty, thank you!

      • Kristina January 19, 2021

        thank you Debbie!

    • Jane March 23, 2021

      I love the flavours and the textures. Being vegan, this salad is often my go to meal.

    • Vera April 25, 2021

      very tasty, thank you for the recipe

    • Janette December 27, 2021

      I needed a gluten free recipe for a Christmas gathering, this was delicious I put dried apricots, honey and preserved lemon in and replaced the spices with ras el hanout I will certainly make it again. Thank you.

      • Kristina December 28, 2021

        that sounds delicious Janette, thank you for sharing!

    • Teresa July 25, 2022

      This is delightful. I didn’t have raisins, so I added dried cranberries instead, but it still was quite tasty. This will become a staple in my house!

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