Mediterranean Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Hummus Dressing

Mediterranean Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Hummus Dressing

Have you tried crispy chickpeas yet?

They’ve been super popular for the last couple of years, especially as an easy whole food snack. (There’s a recipe in my Whole Food Snacking Guide, if you haven’t seen it!)

Basically, you rinse and drain a can of chickpeas, dry well, drizzle with olive oil, and season liberally with the dried spices of your choosing. (Smoked paprika is pretty clutch).

I usually just bake up a few cans-worth of beans & store them in snack bags in the pantry or put them out for get togethers. (They don’t last long!)

But, while perusing Pinterest this week, I stumbled upon this delicious looking kale salad with tandoori spiced chickpeas from Minimalist Baker.

Ding Ding Ding! Lightbulb going off!

OF COURSE crispy chickpeas would be fabulous in salads. They can act like suped-up  croutons with tons of flavor, fiber, and nutrients.

Mediterranean Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Hummus Dressing - Close up shot in a large bowl

So, off to the salad drawing-board to brainstorm crispy chickpea applications.

I eventually settled on a Mediterranean vibe, with shredded chicken, tons of veggies and olives, and a creamy tangy hummus dressing. (And later realized that Minimalist Baker has a super similar salad recipe on her site, but I swear, I brainstormed this one on my own! Great minds think alike 😉 )

This recipe is a labor of love. There are a lot of moving parts (poaching/shredding chicken, roasting chickpeas, making homemade pita chips, making dressing, and prepping veggie), but the end results are AWESOME!

It’s perfect for leisurely weekend meal or when you have friends over. Make all the components and have everyone build their own bowl. Easy peasy.

P.S. You can totally make the pita chips and crispy chickpeas on their own as snacks. I won’t be mad. 😉

Mediterranean Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Hummus Dressing

Mediterranean Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Hummus Dressing
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
 
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered, depending on size
  • 1 1/2 cups Persian cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, minced
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, halved
  • 1 large shallot, halved and thinly sliced
  • Crumbled feta, for topping (optional)
For the Crispy Chickpeas
  • 2 15 oz cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
For the Pita Chips
  • 4 pitas, each one cut into 8 wedges
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons sumac
For the Hummus Dressing
  • 1 cup prepared hummus
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • A splash of water
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Add the chicken breasts, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until the chicken is no longer pink and has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, about 15-20 minutes (exact time will vary based on the size of your chicken breasts). When the chicken is done, remove to a plate, let cool, and shred into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Lay paper towels on a large rimmed baking sheet and dump the rinsed and drained chickpeas on top. Cover with another layer of paper towels and lightly press and roll the chickpeas around under the paper towels to completely dry them. Discard the paper towels and spread the chickpeas out on the baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle the chickpeas with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and sprinkle with the seasonings (cumin, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and coriander). Use your hands to toss to coat, and spread the chickpeas over the baking sheet.
  4. When the oven is preheated, place the chickpeas in the oven and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until golden and starting to crisp. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet. They will continue to crisp as they cool.
  5. Leave the oven on, and prep the pita chips. Lay the pita triangles out on a baking sheet, brush each one with olive oil, and sprinkle with the kosher salt, garlic powder, and sumac. Place in the oven and bake for 8-12 minutes (time will vary based on the thickness of your pita chip) until golden. Remove from the oven and let cool. Like the chickpeas, they will continue to crisp as they cool.
  6. Finally, make the hummus dressing. Place the hummus, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil in a bowl. Whisk to combine. Add a splash of water to thin to a salad dressing consistency.
  7. To serve, fill 4 large bowls with lettuce, top with shredded chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, roasted chickpeas, cilantro, olives, shallot, and feta (if desired). Drizzle with hummus dressing and serve with homemade pita chips on the side.

 

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