Air-Fryer Tahini-Dressed Crispy Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas get deliciously crispy in the air fryer and provide a welcome textural contrast to the leafy greens in this salad. A quick tahini-lemon dressing adds nuttiness and brightness.

a recipe photo of the Tahini Dressed Crispy Chickpea Salad
Photo: Adam Albright
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 (15 ounce) can reduced-sodium chickpeas, rinsed

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon garlic powder

  • teaspoon onion powder

  • teaspoon ground pepper

  • 3 tablespoons tahini

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 6 cups torn romaine lettuce or torn stemmed kale leaves (see Tip)

  • 1 ⅓ cups chopped cucumber

  • 1 ⅓ cups chopped radishes

  • ½ cup sliced Kalamata olives (Optional)

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 teaspoons black and/or white sesame seeds, toasted


  1. Spread chickpeas on paper towels; pat dry. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper; toss to coat. Spread the chickpeas in a single layer in the basket of a 6- to 8-quart air fryer.

  2. Cook at 380°F, shaking the basket once, until lightly browned, 16 to 18 minutes. (Some of the chickpeas will burst.) Set the chickpeas aside to cool.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, tahini, lemon juice, water, mustard and honey in a small bowl until well combined.

  4. Divide lettuce (or kale) among 4 shallow bowls. Top with cucumber, radishes, olives (if desired) and Parmesan. Top evenly with the chickpeas and drizzle with the dressing. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.


If using kale, toss it with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and gently massage the leaves until slightly wilted.


6- to 8-quart air fryer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

315 Calories
18g Fat
28g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 3/4 cups
Calories 315
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 5g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Vitamin A 2391IU 48%
Vitamin C 33mg 37%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 31mcg 8%
Vitamin K 92mcg 77%
Sodium 569mg 25%
Calcium 206mg 16%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 30mg 7%
Potassium 447mg 10%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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