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!!!

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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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