CHICKPEA SHAWARMA SALAD

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Every week, we find a food blogger who has taken the idea of healthy eating and completely revolutionizes it, creating dishes that help turn “diet” into “lifestyle.”

The Minimalist Baker  does just that, especially with this Chickpea Shawarma Salad that takes us right to the Mediterranean in the comfort of our own homes. Check out her recipe below!

CHICKPEA SHAWARMA SALAD

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I season chickpeas with a smattering of shawarma spices and bake them until crispy. While that’s happening, chop up your salad and add to a mixing bowl. Top with pita chips (homemade or store-bought), prepare your 3-ingredient Garlic Dill dressing, and you’re ready to go.

This salad is everything I love in a meal. It’s:

Healthy
Flavorful
Filling
Vegetable-heavy
Protein-packed
Simple
Fresh
& Delicious

This would be the perfect weeknight meal when you don’t have a lot of time but want something healthy and satisfying (nearly 20 grams protein per serving!). It would be especially great for hosting family or friends that aren’t plant-based, because it’s so flavorful and filling they won’t miss the meat at all.

And if you store leftovers separately, it remains fresh for days, making it great for weekday lunches. Double win.

Ingredients

CHICKPEAS
  • 1 15-ounce (425 g) can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and dried in a clean towel
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
  • Heaping 1 tsp cumin
  • Heaping 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Heaping 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Scant 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch each black pepper, ground coriander + cardamom
SALAD
  • 5 ounces (141 g) spring mix lettuce (organic when possible)
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, chopped (organic when possible)
  • 1/4 cup (28 g) red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup (45 g) fresh parsley
  • 20 (~60 g) pita chips, slightly crushed (store bought or homemade*)
DRESSING
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) hummus
  • 3 cloves garlic (1 1/2 Tbsp or 9 g), finely minced or grated
  • 1 tsp dried dill (or 2 tsp fresh dill)
  • 1 lemon, juiced (2 Tbsp or 30 ml)
  • Water to thin

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and position a rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Add washed and dried chickpeas to a mixing bowl. Add olive oil and all seasonings and toss to combine. To help them cook faster and disperse the seasonings more easily, lightly mash half the chickpeas with a fork (leaving the other half whole).
  3. Sample a chickpea and adjust seasonings as needed (I added more salt, cumin, and ginger). Then arrange in a single layer on a bare baking sheet and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Then set aside.
  4. In the meantime, prepare all salad ingredients and add to a bowl (reserving pita chips for later). Set aside.
  5. To prepare dressing, add hummus, garlic, dill, and lemon juice to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Then add warm water and whisk until pourable.
  6. To serve, add baked chickpeas and pita chips to the salad, along with half of the dressing. Toss to combine.
  7. Divide between serving dishes and serve with remaining dressing.
  8. For best results, store leftovers separately (chickpeas in a container at room temperature, salad ingredients in refrigerator, dressing in a container in refrigerator, pita chips in a container at room temperature). Keeps for 2-3 days, though best when fresh.
Notes
*To make your own pita chips, slice 2-3 pieces of pita into triangles and brush or spray both sides with grape seed or coconut oil. Lightly season with sea salt and garlic powder and toss. Then arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast on each side for 3-5 minutes in a 400 degree F (204 C) oven. This can be done while the chickpeas are baking to save time!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 salad (of 2) Calories: 435 Fat: 17.3 g Saturated fat: 2.4 g Carbohydrates: 53.3 g Sugar: 3 gSodium: 809 mg Fiber: 13.2 g Protein: 19.3 g
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