Disney Recipes: Chickpea Salad – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney Recipes: Chickpea Salad - Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney Recipes: Chickpea Salad – Disney’s Animal Kingdom


If you live in California, it is that time of year where let’s face it… it’s hot. Salads are always a nice refreshing way to combat the heat.

Today we share with you a a Chickpea Salad from Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World that was introduced earlier this spring for the opening of the Harambe Market.

This is a good side dish or appetizer that can go well with Karubi Ribs. It is good for late summer bbq or an afternoon picnic.




Disney Recipes: Chickpea Salad – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Yield: Serves 8 as a side dish or appetizer

Disney Recipes: Chickpea Salad – Disney’s Animal Kingdom


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 small jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind paste, dissolved in 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon chaat masala, optional
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large tomato, seeds removed, diced
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, stems removed, minced


  • Heat oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger and jalapeno; cook until garlic is lightly golden. Set aside until mixture is room temperature. Whisk in tamarind paste and chaat masala. Stir in onion. Refrigerate until cold.
  • Add chilled spice mixture to chickpeas, tossing to coat. Add 2 tablespoons lime juice and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Just before serving, add cucumber, tomato and cilantro. Add remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, if desired. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Tamarind paste has a distinctive, tart flavor. It can be purchased in Asian and Latin-American grocery stores or online. Chaat masala is a spice blend available in specialty food stores and some grocery stores or online.

The longer you marinate this dish, the more authentic it will taste.


This recipe is provided courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog. What is your favorite food at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

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