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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Crab Cake Waffles

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

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Sole Piccata

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Italian Herbed Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom Wine Sauce – 6 Smart Points

Italian Herbed Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom Wine Sauce

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Honey Lime Salmon

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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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Moroccan Spiced Shrimp Over Garbanzo Bean Salad

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Quinoa Cucumber Tomato Salad

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