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Mexican Roasted Chickpea Salad
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (drained, rinsed and dried)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 ears sweet corn (kernels removed)
  • ½ cup fresh salsa
  • ¼ cup plain almond milk yogurt (TRY: Kite Hill or Silk)
  • ¼ cup chopped, fresh cilantro leaves
  • 5 ounces mixed lettuce greens
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado (peel and pit removed, thinly sliced)
  • 12 mini red, yellow and orange sweet bell peppers (seeded and sliced)

Mexican Roasted Chickpea Salad

Jamie Gates, photo by Jennifer Olson | Delicious Living
  • Serves: 4 people

Chickpeas are a great source of vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin. Melatonin is a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness, so enjoy this meal under soft lights or by candlelight.

  1. Preheat oven to 450° F. In a medium bowl, place chickpeas, oil, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika and salt; toss until well coated.
  2. Spread chickpeas on a baking sheet and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until brown and crunchy. Watch carefully so as not to burn the chickpeas (stir halfway through).
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat; spray with nonstick cooking spray and heat corn kernels until browned.
  4. In a small bowl, combine salsa, yogurt and cilantro; set aside. In a large bowl, toss mixed greens with lime juice. Divided mixed greens among four serving bowls. Placing ingredients in piles, top each salad with a quarter of the tomatoes, avocados, sliced peppers, corn and chickpeas. Place dollops of the salsa-yogurt mixture on salads.

PER SERVING (about 2 cups): 312 cal, 9g fat (6g mono, 2g poly, 1g sat), 0mg chol, 545mg sodium, 48g carb (12g fiber, 9g sugars), 11g protein

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