Crispy Chickpea Salad with Spicy Lemon Pepper Dressing (Low fat)

Crispy Chickpea Salad with a Spicy Lemon-Pepper Dressing

I promised some colleagues at work I’d make them some of my crispy chimichurri chickpeas and, while the oven was on, thought I should put it to a bit more use than just one batch! So, I made three (as well as roasting some sweet potatoes and making some flourless protein cookies!). When lunch came around the next day, I paired the chickpeas with a fresh salad and spicy dressing to create a plate of, well, awesome.

Now really, this is just a simple salad – make it how you want. I’ve given you our current favourite combination. Though, I admit I’m no longer sure if it’s our favourite because we always have these things in the fridge, or if we always have these things in the fridge because it’s our favourite salad combination! If you don’t like, or don’t have, any of the ingredients (like the raw mushrooms), simply omit and replace with something more appealing. Personally, I often like to add cooked beetroot (I buy the vacuum packs from the supermarket) if we have any in the house – but my OH would rather it didn’t exist so, since he did the last shop… no beetroot.

Adjust your chilli for your tastebuds

The dressing – this is one spicy lemon pepper dressing. Most of the time I like my food with a good kick, so I use the full 1/4 (ok, heaped) teaspoon of chilli flakes. However, my OH is not so keen! He prefers a scant 1/8 teaspoon. What I’m trying to say is adjust the chilli to your tastebuds. Start with the smaller amount, mix it all together, and add more as required.

The xanthan gum can be a bit tricky to work with since it does have a tendency to clump together. If, after shaking, you find there is still little clumps of gum I find a using a mini whisk, or handheld milk frother works really well. The frother is the quickest fix, if you have one.

Crispy Chickpea Salad with Lemon & Pepper Dressing (Low fat)

Combine some crispy, crunchy chickpeas with a simple. fresh salad and this fat-free spicy lemon pepper dressing and voilà! A healthy, low fat and protein packed meal to fuel you for hours!

  • Prep: 5 minutes
  • Total: 5 minutes
  • Author Luci Rebecca, Made by Luci
  • Serves 1

Ingredients

  • for the dressing: makes 2
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp red chilli flakes (1/4 tsp = hot)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp xanthan gum
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • for the salad
  • 3 handfuls mixed greens (eg kale, spinach, rocket, lettuce)
  • 1 handful sliced purple cabbage
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/3 bell pepper, diced
  • 6l baby plum tomatoes, halved
  • 3 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup crispy chimichurri chickpeas
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • optional
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Directions

  1. First of all, make the dressing: combine all the ingredients in a jar and shake until totally combined. You can also use a mini whisk, or I have been known to use my handheld milk frother! Pop in the fridge while you make the salad.
  2. Combine the mixed salad greens and purple cabbage in a fairly big bowl. Toss with the olive oil and lemon juice, if using. Next, add the cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes and mushrooms and mix together.
  3. If you want your salad on a plate, pop it on a plate now, otherwise just use the bowl. Top the mixture with the crispy chickpeas and avocado, then pour over your dressing.

Notes

Nutritional information is for the dressing only, based on two servings.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 recipe
Servings Per Container 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 14 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 2g
Protein 0g 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

All nutritional information is approximate - any exact calories will depend on which exact ingredients you use.

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