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We usually think of greek yogurt as part of a sweet dish mixed with granolas, fruits, nuts, etc. But this recipe makes greek yogurt the star of a savory dish. Before you stick your nose up at the thought of a savory yogurt salad (at one point I thought it was weird too), just try this simple recipe and you will be shocked at how everything goes together beautifully.
The reason I think this salad works is because there are many different components that each bring in their own texture and flavors, yet they flow together because of the mediterranean influence. It is very low fat and filled with a ton of protein from the greek yogurt and chickpeas. This hearty lunch will leave you full and energized until dinner!
1 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup roasted, spiced chickpeas
1 cup spinach
1/3 cucumber sliced thinly
1/3 cup cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup roughly chopped red onion
Salt, paprika, cayenne pepper
Calories: about 240 kcal
Protein: about 23g
First, start by roasting the chickpeas. This is the only component of the dish that takes long, but if you use the whole 15oz can of chickpeas, you will have about 4 more servings to use for future salads/snacks. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Open the can of chickpeas, strain, rinse and pat dry. Spray the baking pan with olive oil spray and spread out the chickpeas on the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating them every 5 minutes. Once they are roasted, toss with some salt, paprika and cayenne pepper.
While the chickpeas are roasting, start chopping the vegetables and assembling the salad. In a bowl or plate, spread a thick layer of yogurt on the bottom. Then add the chopped spinach, onion, tomatoes and cucumber on top.
Finish it off with the roasted chickpeas. And that's it!
This makes for a great lunch size portion for one person. If you want to develop this into a bigger portion for dinner, I recommend adding 4 oz grilled chicken, a couple tablespoons of olives and roasted eggplant. These ingredients will align with the Mediterranean influence and will create the perfect sized dinner salad.
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