Chickpea and Sumac Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Chickpea and Sumac Salad

One of the best things about living in Southern California is the diversity of foods and restaurants. Growing up in PA, my diet was pretty American standard. But after moving to Los Angeles, a whole new world of foods and flavors was opened to me, and I’ve never been happier. Middle Eastern foods are almost always a hit with me, and after dining at a Turkish restaurant recently, I discovered this super simple, yet incredibly flavorful Chickpea and Sumac Salad Recipe. The key in this dish is to really work that sumac into the onions with your hands. It takes that bitter edge off of the onions while making them both a little sweet and a little tart. Combined with tender garbanzo beans, tangy lemon juice, and bright mint and parsley, this said packs a big flavor punch. It’s loaded with fiber and protein, which makes it really quite satisfying for just 4 Smart Points. If you eat vegan, this salad is sure to become a staple in your meals. But we are meat eaters, and I love serving this salad with my Moroccan Beef and Lamb Meatballs. So good!!!

Chickpea and Sumac Salad
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A fresh and boldly flavored salad with Middle Eastern roots, this tasty dish makes a wonderful side to your favorite meal. Sweet, tangy and salty, all the flavor notes are hit in this easy salad recipe.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
5 minutes
Chickpea and Sumac Salad
Print Recipe
A fresh and boldly flavored salad with Middle Eastern roots, this tasty dish makes a wonderful side to your favorite meal. Sweet, tangy and salty, all the flavor notes are hit in this easy salad recipe.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, toss together the onions, sumac, paprika, and salt. Massage onions with hands to rub the spices and salt into the onions, and let sit about 5 minutes. Drain any excess liquid from bottom of the bowl.
  2. Add in the garbanzo beans, parsley, and mint, and toss to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is about 1 heaping cup
Each serving = 4 Smart Points

PER SERVING: 153 calories; 3g fat; 0.5g saturated fat; 22g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 6g fiber; 0g sugar; 6g protein

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Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges – 1 Smart Point

Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges

The cabbage is a vegetable that is often overlooked, and typically known for it’s blandness. But in my Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges recipe, the cabbage is the star! When roasting vegetables, I find that it brings out a natural, smoky sweetness, and it offers a depth of flavor that you really don’t get when sautéing or steaming. And roasting the cabbage really elevates this common vegetable to a whole new level. Topping it with a lemony, garlic oil gives it that extra bit of flavor that turns a commonplace vegetable into a decadent and flavorful side dish that is SO good, you’ll find yourself making it again and again. And at just 1 Smart Point per serving, it’s a great way to offer a delicious and filling Weight Watchers side dish to round out any meal.

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Mango Salsa Recipe – 0 Smart Points

Mango Salsa

Chips and salsa are a pretty popular snack in my house. The whole family is a fan, and we find ourselves snacking on it very regularly. When I’m busy, I’ll rely on store bought salsa, but when I have the time, there is nothing more amazing than freshly prepared, homemade salsa. Recently, I whipped up a mango salsa that was total perfection. It was fresh, light, sweet, and savory….and I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s the perfect summer poolside indulgence. My kids and I finished the whole bowl in one sitting! The salsa itself is 0 Smart Points, as it has no ingredients that count towards your Point allowance, but the chips are another story of course. I need to be careful with those! A salsa recipe this good can have me easily indulging in too many chips. Alternatively, this would a great topper for fish, chicken, and salads. Get this tasty Mango Salsa recipe in before summer is over!

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Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce – 1 Smart Point

Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce

When it comes to a vegetable side dish recipe that’s quick, easy, and delicious, it doesn’t get much better than this Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce Recipe. Fresh broccoli is tossed with traditional Asian seasonings, and then roasted to perfection. Coming in at just 1 Smart Point per serving, this Weight Watchers side dish recipe is an ideal way to get those veggie servings in. It’s amazing how just a handful of ingredients can amp up a serving a broccoli so much! Anytime I prepare this, it’s a sure fire way to get my kids to eat their veggies, because it’s just so tasty! The combination of the salty soy sauce, bold garlic, and the smoky sesame oil is truly divine. This low Point recipe is a must try.

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Vegan Balela Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Baela Salad

If you’ve never had (or even heard of) Balela Salad before, let me fill you in. Balela is a Middle-Eastern garbanzo and black bean salad, tossed with a tangy, herbed vinaigrette. I typically make this delicious salad anytime I’m cooking for vegans or vegetarians. The beans offer a nice dose of protein, and are wonderfully filling. It’s such a versatile recipe too — you can serve it as a side salad, as a relish for meat or fish, or as a dip for crackers, breads, or pita chips. I’ve also used this in a sandwich or wrap. I’m telling you…a ton of things can be done with this recipe! We’ve been watching a lot of hockey lately (playoffs and now the Stanley cup championship), and this is the perfect game day snack. Even meat eaters will love it! This Vegan Balela Salad recipe is a must try. Enjoy!

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Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta – 1 Smart Point

Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta

Memorial Day Weekend is in full swing, and if you are still looking for a great Weight Watchers Potluck Recipe to take to your holiday celebration, this Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta is it! A much better option than the standard fruit tray, this wonderfully refreshing salad is both sweet and savory, is a breeze to prepare, and is just 1 Smart Point per serving. Watermelon by itself, is such a sweet and simple treat, but when topped off with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette and some crumbled feta, it really reaches new heights. The fresh blueberries and mint add an invigorated feel, and make it an aesthetic treat for the eyes as well as the palate. Serve this tasty and unique fruit salad at at this weekend’s Memorial Day BBQ, or any summer celebration, and sure to be adored.

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Chinese Garlic Green Beans – 1 Smart Point

Chinese Garlic Green Beans

Admittedly, when I’m indulging in Chinese takeout, the last thing I think about ordering is vegetables. The exception to this train of thought is Chinese-style Garlic Green Beans. The flavor is out of this world – who knew a green bean could taste so incredible!? Every time we order these, my kids tackle them with so much enthusiasm, that I decided this is a dish I need to try at home. My version is a lot less oily, therefore, lower in Smart Points than the restaurant version. And they are super easy to make, so it’s great having this recipe to rely on for a quick and reliable verge recipe that I know my kids will eat. Each serving is just 1 Smart Point, so this is absolutely guilt free!

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

Brussel sprouts. It seems that most people either love them or hate them. I fall into the “love them” category, and I’m grateful that my kids do too! There are many ways to prepare them, but my absolute favorite method is roasting. It brings out the most delicious flavor, and I just cannot get enough of them! In this recipe, I paired them with some sweet potatoes, added some delicious seasonings, and then finished it off by tossing them in red wine vinegar. The flavor combination was spectacular! Something about the earthy, almost bitter taste of the brussel sprouts, with the tender sweetness of the sweet potatoes, just makes this dish mouthwateringly good. And each serving comes out to just 4 Smart Points. So if you need an easy, yet impressive veggie side dish, this Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe is a great one to try. Enjoy!

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
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A superior roasted vegetable recipe that will have your tastebuds singing with joy. The divine flavor combination of the sweet potatoes with the earthy brussel sprouts is a most delicious way to get those healthy vegetable servings in.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
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A superior roasted vegetable recipe that will have your tastebuds singing with joy. The divine flavor combination of the sweet potatoes with the earthy brussel sprouts is a most delicious way to get those healthy vegetable servings in.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the brussel sprouts and potatoes with the olive oil, garlic, cumin, and salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the vegetables onto the baking sheet and roast for about 40-45 minutes, or until browned.
  4. Place the hot vegetables in a large bowl, and toss with the red wine vinegar. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is about 1 cup
Each serving = 4 Smart Points

PER SERVING: 129 calories; 4g fat; 0.5g saturated fat; 21g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 0.5g sugar; 1g protein

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Moroccan Beet Salad Recipe – 1 Smart Points

Moroccan Beet Salad

In Morocco, beets are used regularly in salads because they are available year round there. A good friend of mine, who I consider to be an amazing cook, and who is also of Moroccan heritage, once served this beet salad at a dinner she had invited us to. It was so divine, I simply had to find out the recipe and then how to make it Weight Watchers friendly. As luck would have it, this salad is already pretty light and low in Points, so I just had to make a few alterations. And though it takes a bit more preparation time because the beets need to be roasted first, I assure you that it’s absolutely worth the effort. The roasting process lends such a beautiful, and rich flavor to the beets, and when tossed with the remaining ingredients, the end result is a spectacular salad that’s not only lovely and delicious, but high in nutrients as well. Naturally sweet and very healthy, beets have earned the reputation of being a superfood that’s rich in potassium, manganese, vitamin C, and fiber. And they are 0 Smart Points! So if you haven’t been getting any beets in your diet, this Moroccan Beet Salad is the recipe to try. Enjoy!

Moroccan Beet Salad

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Thai Ginger Peanut Slaw Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Thai Ginger Peanut Slaw

I love salads, but I really don’t love all the chopping and prep work. It’s time consuming, and messy, and honestly, I’m just to beat to bother. Somedays, you just really need a no-fuss side salad, and this Thai Ginger Peanut Slaw is one of absolute favorites. First of all, the the convenience of a pre-packaged broccoli slaw mix is such a game changer. It’s great to to have salad base options that is more than just lettuce! Broccoli slaw is packed with vitamins and minerals, and the crunch is just delightful. You simply dump that mix in a bowl, toss in some cilantro, and your good to go. Now, let’s talk about the ridiculously delicious dressing that is going to rock your slaw. It’s comprised of a handful of ingredients that are whisked together in minutes, and will truly take the flavor of your salad to a whole new level. It’s creamy, nutty, salty, tangy, spicy, and a touch sweet. And all your tastebuds will be thoroughly satisfied! Today, I’m sharing just the quick and easy version of this salad, but you can easily add more veggies and some protein if you want to bulk it up some, or serve it as a complete meal. It’s such a fantastic Weight Watchers salad recipe to help keep you in track, without making dishes that are too complicated or bland. I’m telling you, it’s a game changer! Enjoy.

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Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie – 4 Smart Points

I’m trying to increase my protein intake, and for me, one of the easiest ways to do that is to add a protein shake to my day. I’ve got a couple of favorite store bought ones, but I wanted to try and get the same flavors and textures at home. One of the downsides of protein shakes is that if you don’t do it right, you end up with a grainy texture – which I dislike. I also tend to have to adjust the ingredients slightly, and then again, so I end up with enough smoothie for the next week. I had a bunch of strawberries to use up, and added a ripe banana as well so that I could have the extra vitamins before my walk. The oatmeal adds some fiber to help me stay full longer, as well as being heart healthy. Almond milk is always an alternative in smoothies, and works great, but I went with skim since it’s high in protein and calcium, but lower in fat. A little vanilla helps to bring all the flavors together. The result was a perfect smoothie. I used it for a snack both before and after my walk. Since I had some congestion recently, I was using some Emergen-C to get extra vitamins to try and prevent getting any more illnesses (that seem to be going around). I added my packet of Emergen-C to the second half of my smoothie and gave it a good shake. It added a little bit of fizz to the smoothie, which really seems to lighten the smoothie. The end result of that I liked it so well, I thought I’d add a little sparkling water or club soda into the second half of my smoothie, just to freshen it up. That’s easy to do, and if you make sure your sparkling water or club soda has no flavorings that add points, you don’t alter the points of your original smoothie. However, when adding the carbonation – be careful not to stir or shake too vigorously or you’ll end up with a little more cleaning than you wanted!
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Arabic Fattoush Salad Recipe – 2 Smart Points

Arabic Fattoush Salad

On a trip to Israel a few years ago, my husband and I stopped at this amazing Arabic restaurant in Jerusalem. And of all the fantastic foods I got to try on my visit, I will never forget the fattoush salad I had there. IT WAS AMAZING. I know that may sound crazy…to be so blow away by a salad, but the incredible flavor combination of this traditional arabic salad was divine. Fresh mint and parsley, combined with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and warm toasted pita bread, then topped off with a tangy vinegar garlic dressing and crumbled feta cheese. So good!! Bit the best part about this salad was the addition of a popular Middle Eastern spice called sumac. This is what sealed the deal and made this Arabic Fattoush salad so incredibly delicious! At the restaurant, I was introduced to the owner’s friend who runs an online casino, Casino Arbi. We had a great chat about some foods and seasonings that were central to Arabic culture, and as soon as I returned to the states, I got into the kitchen to try and recreate some of the fantastic foods that I enjoyed and learned about. Sumac has since become a staple in my kitchen now. I love it on salads, meats, and on tops of steamed rice. So today, I’m sharing my recreation of the Arabic Fattoush salad….and it’s just 2 Smart Points per serving. This one is a must try!

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