Loaded Greek Salad with Chicken and Crispy Chickpeas

So loaded! Loaded so good.

Loaded Greek Salad with Chicken and Crispy Chickpeas / Bev Cooks

Telling you right now, the only leg work with this salad o’ bulk is the prep work. And if you’re not arranging little bowls on a table, styling them and photographing them, about a year and a half less. Ha! Oh.

Did you leave me?

Loaded Greek Salad with Chicken and Crispy Chickpeas / Bev Cooks

I made this salad for a dinner party in Oregon, and I’ve not stopped dreaming about it since. Simple in approach, of course, but there are a couple of DO-NOT-SKIPS that I need to yell at you about. Naturally.

Loaded Greek Salad with Chicken and Crispy Chickpeas / Bev Cooks

First of all, the chickpeas. They’re from a can, it’s okay. But what you’ll do is roll them around in a clean kitchen towel until all the little pain-in-the-face skins slip off. And even then, you might have to go through and pull the remaining stubborn ones off. You might even curse a little. And you know what, I’m not here to stop you.

Loaded Greek Salad with Chicken and Crispy Chickpeas / Bev Cooks

But it’s worth it because look! You’ll toss the chickpeas in a mix of smoked paprika, cumin and ground coriander (and salt), drizzle with oil and crisp them up all goody goody like in the oven.

This is a DO-NOT-SKIP step. These beans add so much texture, and a lil’ kiss of spice right when you’re wanting it. Pop pop! In your mouth. Trust me.

Loaded Greek Salad with Chicken and Crispy Chickpeas / Bev Cooks

The other DO-NOT-SKIP step is the dressing. It’s a garlicky, lemony mint dressing and one hundred times more pimp than anything in a bottle. I made mine in a little food processor, but if you want to grate the garlic right into the dressing with chopped mint – YAS, QUEEN. (<–are we done with this phrase or is it still hip?)

You want that raw garlic kick in the face. It mellows a bit in the dressing, keeps the vampires away AND gives such an aromatic sumpin sumpin to the overall salad vibe. You will love it.

Loaded Greek Salad with Chicken and Crispy Chickpeas / Bev Cooks

The thing about this salad – texture, man! Cucumbers, thinly sliced red onion, cherry tomatoes, crumbly feta, leftover shredded chick- oh! The chicken. What I did was roast one the night before (you can skip the fig butter – this recipe is SO OLD – I actually need to get my new roasted chicken recipe on the blog, gosh! I’ll do that this fall. Here’s another one, and super good. Still so old. But do this one!), then shredded up the leftovers for this salad. You can even yoink a rotisserie. Make your life good.

Loaded Greek Salad with Chicken and Crispy Chickpeas / Bev Cooks

It’s just phenom. Everything plays a part, you know? Simple simple everyday ingredients, but together, all tossed in the dressing and glossy with bright flavor and multi-tiered texture extravaganza party town? You can’t quit it.

And like I said, if you prep everything early in the day, it comes together in a flash. You can even make the dressing over lunch in a little jar and just shake it up right before dinner. Yew deeg?

Loaded Greek Salad with Chicken and Crispy Chickpeas / Bev Cooks

Also, the ingredient AMOUNTS are totally up to you. I’ll give you an idea of what I used, but I didn’t measure anything. That’s the beauty of salad. Get all willy nilly and load that ish up.

Loaded Greek Salad with Chicken and Crispy Chickpeas / Bev Cooks

Serve it with three loaves of bread. Ha! Just kidding.

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Ingredients

  • One or two heads of romaine, chopped (one head if it’s giant)
  • 1 cup parsley leaves
  • 2 big sprigs of mint (one for the dressing, one for the salad)
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 level teaspoon each: cumin, ground coriander, smoked paprika and coarse salt
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or minced (if you’re not using a food processor)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (if you can get away with 1/4 cup, feel free!)
  • one cup diced cucumber
  • One cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • one to two cups shredded leftover chicken
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400.
  2. Roll the chickpeas around in a clean kitchen towel until the little skins slide off. You’ll probably have to pull a few off with your fingers. Place the chickpeas on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with the spices, along with 2 Tbs. olive oil. Roast the chickpeas for about 30 minutes (check on them at 20) until they’re crispy and dark. Let them cool just a few minutes before adding to the salad.
  3. In a small food processor, add the 1/3 cup oil, juice from the lemon, about 10 mint leaves, the garlic, and a small pinch of salt. Pulse until blended and smooth. Taste it. SEE, IT’S SO GOOD, RIGHT?
  4. In a large salad bowl, toss - well EVERYTHING together, dressing included. Toss toss toss until it’s all combined and distributed and colorful and perfect.
  5. Serve it to yourself. I mean your family, whatever.
  6. Makes four servings.
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Loaded Greek Salad with Chicken and Crispy Chickpeas / Bev Cooks

Actually you know what, get the bread.

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10 Responses to Loaded Greek Salad with Chicken and Crispy Chickpeas

  1. Tracey August 13, 2019 at 10:20 am #
    This looks delicious and will definitely be dinner Saturday night! Thanks!
    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 2:40 am #
      Please tell a substitute for smoked paprika
  2. Emily M August 13, 2019 at 12:13 pm #
    Love this. Making it next week for my low-carb days! And YASSS KWEEEN is what we always say. Totally still en vogue in my click!! :)
  3. Nancy August 13, 2019 at 12:17 pm #
    This looks right up my alley! I love a good salad and have been wanting to make roast chickpeas so now's my chance!
    • Bev Weidner August 16, 2019 at 6:49 am #
      Woo hoooo, hope you love it! Crispy chickpeas are LIFE.
  4. Anonymous August 13, 2019 at 1:32 pm #
    Yum!!!!!
  5. JUDY PEEPLES August 14, 2019 at 12:41 pm #
    Looks tasty healthy and fairly easy Making it tonight Thanks for the inspiration
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  7. Jessica August 21, 2019 at 10:56 pm #
    This was sooooo good. One of my favorite recipes of yours that I’ve made. My husband and I finished off all four servings between the two of us in one sitting!
  8. Sam August 28, 2019 at 2:41 am #
    Please tell a substitute for smoked paprika

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