Drain water from chickpeas. Keep it on colander or sieve till all the liquid drains aways.
Chop/dice all the veggies in your preferred bite size.
Finely chop the fresh herbs.
In a mixing bowl or mason jar, add lemon juice and all the spices. Add Olive oil if using.
Mix well. If making in jar, close the lid and give it a nice shake.
Add chickpeas along with all the veggies, pomegranate arils and pineapple pieces.
Add dressing along with fresh herbs.
Mix lightly, cover and refrigerate for atleast an hr.
Enjoy it just like that or with nachos, pita chips, on canapes or even papadums(papad).
Add any cheese of your choice like crumbled feta, goat, blue or fresh mozzarella.Vegans can add Vegan Cheese or Nutritional yeast for the Umami flavour. As cheese already has salty, add salt carefully.
Add more protein like tofu or other beans like black chickpeas or black eyed beans.
Nuts like almonds, walnuts or pine nuts go well with chickpeas, for the extra crunch and nutrition.
Leafy greens like Spinach, Arugula.
Add Chaat Masala for the tangy fingerlicking Indian taste.