Baharat Spiced Summer Chickpea Salad

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 | 20 comments

Baharat Spiced Summer Chickpea Salad

Baharat has been on my ‘to cook with more’ list for a very long time.

If you love Middle Eastern cuisine like I do you would have had some of this spice blend in your grilled meats, salads, couscous, rice, sauces and dips. The exact mix of the spice varies across different regions but my love for this spice is due to the fact that the blend typically included the three C’ that are foodgasm spices in my kitchen – cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Sweet, warming, fragrant and in perfect harmony.

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Every now and then, no matter how good a cook you are you get a moment of magic in the kitchen that you just need to share with the world. For me it happened with this baharat sauce. The concept is simple. Mix the baharat with the other herbs, spices, lemon and olive oil. Then warm it for about a minute on medium heat to really release those flavours – and right there, in that pot, you create the magic.

I got this idea from my friend E’s who shared her herbed black-eyes pea salsa on her blog The Whinery over a year ago. The idea stuck with me and I have been meaning to make this since then. I finally got my hands on some really good baharat and the rest is history.

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The baharat sauce certainly added a fantastic depth of flavour to this crunchy summer radish, peppers and chickpea salad whilst the lemon contrasted with the sweetness of the tomatoes and the subtleness of the chickpeas. We ate this salad with grilled fish and grilled courgettes.

Basically this is my take on it – this sauce is magic. I love it. I will make this in a million different ways, eat in a million other ways, for the rest of my life. Yes I LOVE it.

Can I get you to try it?

This is the third recipe in my pantry staple spotlight on salads. Please do check the other salad recipes out.


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Baharat Spiced Summer Chickpea Salad
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A fragrant baharat spiced summer chickpea salad. Perfect with grilled fish and vegetables.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2- 4
  • baharat spiced salad dressing:
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ tsp baharat spice blend (I used Bart's)
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • For the salad:
  • 200g cooked chickpeas (or a 400g, 14oz, chickpea tin drained and rinsed)
  • 4 radishes chopped
  • 6 cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 red (bell) pepper deseeded and chopped
  • A handful mint leaves chopped
  • A handful coriander (cilantro) chopped
  1. First make the baharat sauce.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together except the cumin seeds.
  3. Heat a frying pan on medium heat and add in the cumin seeds and toast them until fragrant.
  4. Add in the baharat mix and stir for approximately 1 min and then remove from the heat and let cool. Try not to have a foodgasm at this moment as this smells soooooooo good.
  5. Now combine all the ingredients for the salad together and pour over the baharat sauce and mix till everything is coated in the sauce.
  6. Chill for a few hours so that the flavours really meld together.
  7. Stir again before serving.
Serves 4 as a side or 2 as mains.

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  1. Middle Eastern food is one of my all time favorites – it’s in the blood I reckon. I’ve not heard of baharat before though, so will have to investigate.

    • Honestly a spice worth having in your pantry. Try this Bart version if you can. It is very good.

  2. I love chickpeas if they are in something, like Hummus, but on their own I find them quite bland. That said, the salad sounds lovely x

    • I know what you mean Rachel. That is why this sauce is magic.

  3. So light and fresh – a lovely way to enjoy chickpeas x

  4. I must look out for baharat spice. I hadn’t heard of it before. Your salad really appeals to me.

    • I really recommend the Barts spice blend Francene.

  5. I love chickpeas and I must admit that this looks delicious and very refreshing, really need to give this recipe a go 😀
    Melissa x

    • It is rather light and refreshing but fills you up too.

  6. I’ve seen this spice mix in the supermarket but not used it. I’m definitely going to make that fragrant dressing you describe. The whole dish sounds lovely. GG

    • GG – this is seriously one spice blend you should add to your pantry staples.

  7. Love, love, love this! I’m definitely going to make this again (with chickpeas) before the summer ends:)

    • Waiting to see what you come up with Elsa.

  8. Lovely salad! I have my own baharat spice mix at home, it’s very easy to make!

  9. I was lucky enough to get some of this spice mix in my Bart’s booty too and I use it a lot, especially with chicken and lamb! Love the idea of using it with chickpeas though! Karen

    • It is so versatile – seriously you should see how well it works with bread too.

  10. Looks good! never tried chickpea before, very quick recipe.


    • Let me know if you do try chickpeas and this recipe.


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