Roasted chick peas take an ordinary salad and gives it the flavor and crunch of croutons without the unwanted calories while providing an excellent source of protein. Greek salad is one of my favorite salads. Adding the olives, feta cheese, and oil based dressing turns your low calorie salad into a burger and fries in terms of calories. This salad gives all the flavors of a greek salad, without the added fat and calories while maintaining the flavor of a greek salad. So, give it a try; you will never miss the fatty cheese and dressing. OOPAH!
2 Romaine Lettuce heads; cleaned, trimmed, and chopped
1 English cucumber, chopped
1 small red onion, sliced
1 can sliced beets (fresh would be better, but they were out of season)
2 cans chick peas (garbanzo beans); drain and rinse (leave wet)1/2 alfalfa sprouts
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon black pepper black pepper
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Drain and rinse chick peas
- Mix all seasonings together in a separate container. This is more than you will need for the chick peas, but it will keep in a container to use for other greek recipes.
- Put wet chick peas in a large ziplock bag.
- Add as much seasoning as you want; I use a lot because I LOVE the favors.
- Shake the wet chick peas with the seasoning
- Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper
- Pour the contents of the ziplock onto the baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes; after 15 minutes shake the chick peas around on the pan or use a spatula to move them around to make sure they are cooked through.
Prepare salad ingredients:
- Chop Romaine lettuce; place on a large plate
- Chop cucumber, red onion, tomatoes
- Drain beets or use fresh and slice them
- For presentation, take each salad ingredient and place on top of the lettuce in rows as above.
- Put the roasted greek chick peans on top
- When ready to serve, toss together with Maple Grove Farms Fat Free Greek Dressing