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Roasted Chickpea Quinoa Greek Salad {Tzatziki Salad Dressing} – Guest Post!

This Roasted Chickpea Quinoa Greek Salad is a vegetarian delight! Crunchy fresh vegetables, filling quinoa and crunchy roasted chickpeas all drizzled with a homemade tzatziki dressing! 

Roasted Chickpea Quinoa Greek Salad with Tzatziki Dressing | An easy, flavorful  with lots of fresh vegetables and crunchy roasted chickpeas!

A quick update on moi: So I whipped my new apartment into shape only to get food poisoning. I missed orientation yesterday, but I am hoping that if I baby myself one more day, that I’ll be 100% by my first class tomorrow morning. Cross your fingers!

I am so excited to introduce you to Marcie from Flavor the Moments today! I found Marcie’s wonderful site about a year ago and I’ve been going back like an addict ever since! She serves up a mix of healthy dishes, indulgent treats (including these recent red velvet cupcakes!), and comforting meals. I love how she often includes a unique twist on a recipe by combining unexpected ingredients.  She really is a flavor master!

Roasted Chickpea Quinoa Greek Salad with Tzatziki Dressing | An easy, flavorful  with lots of fresh vegetables and crunchy roasted chickpeas!

Hi, I’m Marcie from Flavor the Moments! I’m honored to be here guest posting for Lindsey, and I’m beyond excited that she’s starting culinary school this week! I graduated from a program last year, so I can’t wait to hear about her experience in the pastry program. She’s already wicked talented, so school is going to give her even more to add to her culinary bag of tricks.

Last week Lindsey posted Baba Ganoush dip and said she had been on a bit of a Mediterranean food bender.  That helped me decide what to serve up for her, and I know she loves quinoa.  Lindsey, I hope you love this!

Roasted Chickpea Quinoa Greek Salad with Tzatziki Dressing | An easy, flavorful with lots of fresh vegetables and crunchy roasted chickpeas!

I took my love of Greek salads and created this quinoa version.  I didn’t have Greek olives…shame on me…but don’t let that stop you.  If you have them, go on ahead and add them. We still have bright cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, feta cheese, and they’re tossed with the rainbow quinoa, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. And let’s not forget about those roasted chickpeas.

I wanted to make this salad extra special, and I thought roasted chickpeas would do just that.  Let me tell you, those little guys are addicting in the best possible way!  You can add the chickpeas as-is, but when you roast them, they get golden brown and crispy. They add a nice texture to the salad…if you have any left by the time you’ve popped a whole bunch, that is.

I had some Greek tzatziki sauce in the fridge, and decided that would be a nice little topper for our salad.   It’s creamy, with lots of fresh lemon and dill flavor. Plus, there are more cucumbers in the tzatziki, which always adds plenty of crispness to the party.

Roasted Chickpea Quinoa Greek Salad {Tzatziki Salad Dressing}

This salad has it all – plenty of healthy veggies for freshness and crunch, and quinoa that gives it some major staying power so you feel full longer. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring, and this salad is far from it.

Best of luck in school this week, Lindsey! I know you’re going to do us proud.

Roasted Chickpea Quinoa Greek Salad {Tzatziki Salad Dressing} – Guest Post!

Roasted Chickpea Quinoa Greek Salad {Tzatziki Salad Dressing} – Guest Post!

This Greek Roasted Chickpea Quinoa Salad is a vegetarian delight! Crunchy fresh vegetables, filling quinoa and crunchy roasted chickpeas all drizzled with a homemade tzatziki dressing!

Ingredients

    For the roasted chickpeas:
  • (1) 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and blotted dry
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the tzatziki:
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani 0%)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped into small dice
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and white pepper, to taste
  • For the salad:
  • 1 cup quinoa (cooked according to package instructions and drained)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion, chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

    Prepare the chickpeas:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the chickpeas with the olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, salt and pepper and place in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the chickpeas are golden brown and crispy. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the tzatziki:
  3. Place the yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, dill, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  4. Prepare the salad:
  5. Place the quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, red onion, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl and toss gently until combined. Add more olive oil if necessary and adjust the seasoning.
  6. Serve the salad topped with the roasted chickpeas and a drizzle of tzatziki, and enjoy!

Notes:

Tzatziki may be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe by Flavor the Moments.

https://americanheritagecooking.com/2015/01/roasted-chickpea-quinoa-greek-salad-tzatziki-salad-dressing-guest-post/

Aww thanks Marcie! And I will absolutely be making this salad! I do love me some quinoa and roasted veggies!
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20 Comments

  • marcie
    January 21, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Ah, Lindsey, I’m so sorry to hear you got ill your first week (or ill at all for that matter)! I hope you have a quick recovery and enjoy the rest of your week. And thank you for having me here — it was an honor! Get well soon! 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 21, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Thanks so much for helping me out! I’m hoping for a quick recovery too!

      Reply
  • Manali @ CookWithManali
    January 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Wonderful recipe Marcie 🙂 and Lindsey I hope you feel better soon and make it for your 1st class..All the best! 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 25, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Thanks, Manali!

      Reply
  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    January 21, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Hope your back to 100% soon Lindsey! Can’t wait to get the next update. This salad looks fantastic. I love Marcie’s blog! 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 25, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Me too 🙂 I feel much better! Thanks, Christin!

      Reply
  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
    January 21, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I am so glad to see Marcie here today! This salad is the perfect lunch. I hope you are feeling better, Lindsey. Good luck with the start of classes!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 25, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Thanks, Ashley!

      Reply
  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    January 21, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Oh no, hope you feel better soon Lindsey 🙁 Keeping my fingers crossed for a full recovery by tomorrow! Love seeing Marcie here! This greek quinoa salad looks incredible! Love the flavors and roasted chickpeas in here!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 25, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Thanks, Kelly!

      Reply
  • Shashi @ runninsrilankan
    January 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Oooh – this recipe needs a tutorial on how NOT to eat ALL those roasted Chickpeas before pulling this salad together – Hi Marcie and hope you are all better Lindsey!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 25, 2015 at 8:31 am

      LOL! Totally! Feeling so much better, Shashi!

      Reply
  • Ella-HomeCookingAdventure
    January 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    This salad sounds good, light and healthy. I like the combination soI might give it a try.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 25, 2015 at 8:31 am

      Agreed! Thanks for stopping by Ella!

      Reply
  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
    January 21, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Oh, dear! Feel better, Linds! And, yes…Marcie is definitely a “flavor master”! I really need this Greek salad in my life…it’s gorgeous. 🙂 Thank you for hosting Marcie, Lindsey. Hope the end of your week is better than the start! xo

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 25, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Thanks, Stacy! I definitely feel much better now. xo

      Reply
  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    January 21, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    GAHHHHHHH! Two of the blogging girls I love most in the world. My blogging sistahs, all in one blog. Is it possible that life can get any better than that? Yes. Yes, it certainly can – when I get to join my sistahs in the perfect trio of hip chick bloggers. I can*NOT* wait to join my sistahs in these guest posts in February! In the meantime, readers should LOVE every one of these recipes, because these two girls can cook. Love you Lindsey & Marcie. Pinned and pinned! xoxo

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 25, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Thanks, Kristi! I can’t wait for you to join either! So excited to see what you have in store for us! XOX

      Reply
  • Nora (A Clean Bake)
    January 27, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Love these flavors! I have been looking for more quinoa recipes!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Thanks, Nora! I love the quinoa in this salad too!

      Reply

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