Bell Peppers, Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

Bell Peppers, Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

Ensalada de Pepino, Pimiento y Garbanzo
6 to 8 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: bell peppers, chickpeas, cucumber, garbanzo beans, jalapeno, mint, peppers, red onion, red wine vinegar, vinaigrette
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Bell Peppers, Cucumber and Chickpea Salad recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 4, Episode 4 “Summer Evening Party”


  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or about 2 cups home-cooked chickpeas)
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, cut into “matchstick” slices (2-inches by 1/4 to 1/2-inch)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, cut into “matchstick” slices (2-inches by 1/4 to 1/2-inch)
  • 1 orange bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, cut into “matchstick” slices (2-inches by 1/4 to 1/2-inch)
  • 1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, cut into “matchstick” slices (2-inches by 1/4 to 1/2-inch)
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, halved and sliced into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces

To Prepare

  • In a large bowl, beat the lime juice, red wine vinegar and oils with a fork or whisk until emulsified. Toss in the oregano, mint, red onion, jalapeño, and salt and pepper and whisk again until fully incorporated. Add the chickpeas, and let it all marinate while you prepare the rest of the vegetables. You can also cover and refrigerate the marinating chickpeas for up to one day.
  • When ready to serve, add the bell peppers and cucumbers, mix well, and set on the table.

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  1. Hello. I’m going to make this recipe. It says 1/4 cup olive oil AND 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Does this mean 1/2 cup of oil?? Thanks

    1. That’s correct Debra; if at the end you think it is too much dressing, just add it to your taste. Enjoy!

  2. I can’t wait to try this dish, I love your show thank you for sharing your easy recipes on Mexican dishes on Patis Mexican Table ???

  3. Patti-Enjoy your show tremendously!
    I made the very flavorful chick pea/ pepper/cucumber salad to serve for lunch this holiday weekend. It was a nice lighter accompaniment with a platter of leftover turkey. It was well received !

    Thank You, Doreen- from New Hampshire

  4. Hi Pati.

    I saw your show featuring the Ensalada de Pepino, Pimiento y Garbanzo and gave it a try and thoroughly enjoyed it! Next time I may try letting the garbanzos marinate a bit longer as you suggest. As it was they were delicious but I can’t help thinking they would only improve with some time to soak in all the goodness as it brightened everything perfectly. Thank you and keep up the great work!! You are opening so many eyes to real Mexican cuisine! Looking forward to seeing and trying more!

    Thank you!

  5. Hi, Pati.

    I prepared your recipe for bell pepper, cucumber and chickpea salad. It was wonderful.

    Thanks again for another great recipe.

  6. Di, Pati.

    Mike and I just finished dinner. I prepared chicken and your bell peppers, cucumber, and chickpea salad. WOW!! Thanks again for another wonderful recipe. We had fresh mint from our garden and fresh cucumber from our neighbor’s garden. It tasted so fresh. We are looking forward to having the salad with mesquite grilled camarones like we had in Nogales.

    We really enjoy watching your show on Create TV (11.3 in Chicago).

    Sue Janson

  7. Pati hoy hice la ensalada y quedo deliciosa a pesar de que no le puse el aceite vegetal, ya que estoy muy confundida y no supe cual usar, además me equivoque con el vinagre y en vez de una cucharada le puse un cuarto de taza así que tuve que volver a hacerla. Me alegro porque me quedo deliciosa a mis hijas les encanto. La acompañe con un arroz integral mixto y pollo a la parrilla. Fue un éxito para haber sido la primera vez que pruebo una de tus recetas. Gracias

  8. Pati,
    Hoy hice el pollo y la ensalada. En la ensalada substituí los garbanzos por frijoles pintos ya que mi hija es alérgica y quedo muy rica ya que el aderezo es lo que la hace delisiosa.
    El pollo también riquísimo.
    En casa nos encanta tu show. Felicidades!

    1. Uy no sabes que felíz me hace saber que están probando las recetas, MariCarmen, y les estén gustando, espero que pruebes muchas más!

  9. Delicious salad. We served as accompaniment to the citrus chicken (as on the show), but really it could be a standalone summer salad, served on lettuce/greens. If the chickpeas aren’t enough protein for you, add a few slices of chicken or pork tenderloin. Everyone loved it and it was all gone!