This Greek Chickpea Salad pays homage to my desire to travel to Greece someday.
Post contribution by MNT Dietitian, Haley Goodfellow
I used to be a somewhat picky eater, but over the years, my palette has really expanded, and I actually crave the intense flavor combinations and Greek food. Sometimes, I enjoy this versatile recipe for breakfast, tossed with scrambled eggs…or as a main dish for lunch paired with whole-wheat pita dish…even a side dish for dinner – it’s the perfect make-ahead dish. With time, the lemon marinade flavors the chickpeas, bringing more depth and flavor.
Greek Chickpea Salad, What’s the Short-Cut?
Trader Joe’s is a magical place that never disappoints with its variety of unique sauce and dip options. Their Tzatziki Creamy Garlic & Cucumber dip takes this Greek Chickpea Salad to the next level. Tradition Tzatziki has either a Greek yogurt or cream base, fresh dill, grated cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Certainly, you could make your own, but TJ’s pre-made version is extremely convenient, plus equally delicious.
Reap in the Health Benefits from Mediterranean Foods
This Mediterranean bowl follows a Mediterranean style of eating (surprise, surprise). The Mediterranean diet is one of the most well-researched and supported pattern of eating for overall health. It continues to top the best diet of the year chart! You can’t beat this sustainable diet that’s rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as herbs and spices and omega-3 fatty acids. Keep it plant-based with protein-rich chickpeas or add chicken, beef or lamb!
Cheers to a versatile dish that brings the Greek life to your table for any meal of the day!
Check out our other Mediterranean Recipes!
- 2, (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and dried
- 2 c. diced cucumber
- 2 c. halved cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1/4 c. diced red onion
- 1/2 c. kalamata olives
- 1 (4oz) container of feta cheese
- 1 c. chopped parsley
- 1 T. fresh chopped dill (optional- adds a lot of flavor)
- 2 T. fresh lemon juice
- 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
- ½ c. Trader Joe’s Tzatziki sauce
- Add all of the salad ingredients to a large serving bowl, except for Tzatziki sauce. Combine.
- When ready to serve, drizzle Tzatziki sauce on top of your salad.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 159
- Sugar: 5 g
- Sodium: 193.4 mg
- Fat: 6.8 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 19.4 g
- Fiber: 5.1 g
- Protein: 6.8 g
- Cholesterol: 2.3 mg