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Chickpea and Vegetable Salad with Yogurt Dill Dressing

Before we had much experience in the kitchen, we were “by the book” type of people and would follow recipes exactly when we tried to make a meal. Either that, or Alex would “wing it” and dump everything in the refrigerator into a skillet and call it dinner. (OK, so we still do that sometimes.)

Now that we have a bit more experience under our belts, we finally feel like we can look at what’s in the garden or in the fridge and come up with something somewhat tasty.

We currently have a load of fresh dill in the garden, which I couldn’t be more happy about, since I’ve decided it may be my new fresh herb of choice (move over, basil!).  One of my new favorite ways to use it is to chop it up, mix it with a bit of Greek yogurt, garlic powder, and salt, and use it as a quick and delicious dressing.

This salad was literally a “clean out the fridge” meal that ended up being so good, we snapped a photo to share it with you!  You can use any beans or fresh veggies you have on hand (I also added some queso fresco I found in our cheese drawer – feta or any other cheese would also work). Fresh dill is an integral part to the delicious flavor here – it’s worth looking for some if you can find it!

More on dill soon…

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Chickpea and Vegetable Salad with Yogurt Dill Dressing

Makes about 4 servings
Notes: You can substitute any beans or vegetables for this recipe, which works well for a “clean out the fridge or pantry” style salad. The yogurt dressing is best with fresh dill, if you have it on hand or can find it. 

What You Need
1 can chickpeas
1 can pinto beans — or substitute any cooked beans, about 3 cups total
2 green onions
2 to 3 carrots
6 radishes — or substitute any fresh vegetables
Feta or queso fresco crumbles (optional – or any cheese of choice)
A few tablespoons Greek yogurt (full fat preferable)
Fresh dill – one handful (can substitute dried, but only in a pinch – fresh is best!)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Fresh ground pepper

What To Do

1  Drain and rinse the chickpeas and beans, if canned.  Wash the vegetables, and thinly slice them. Chop the fresh dill.

Mix the chickpeas, beans, and vegetables together. If desired, add feta or queso fresco crumbles. Add a few spoonfuls of Greek yogurt, fresh dill, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and some fresh ground pepper. Taste, and add additional seasonings or more Greek yogurt to get to the desired taste and consistency.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    June 11, 2012 at 5:59 am

    This sounds so fabulous! I love it!

  • Reply
    Jeanine
    June 11, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I love a good clean out the fridge salad!

  • Reply
    Mara @ Elemental Custard
    June 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Ah! Its like a tzatziki vegetable salad! Love this (and dill). This looks like a wicked summer salad to make to clean out the fridge!

  • Reply
    Courtney Jones
    June 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Love yogurt dill dressing. Never thought to use it in a chickpea salad before! Love this idea. Especially with the addition of radishes. Yum!

  • Reply
    Annie
    June 11, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I really, really like this one because beginners like me can do it!

  • Reply
    Riley
    June 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Yum! This looks so light and refreshing. Dill is my new herb of choice, so I can’t wait to try this salad sometime soon.

  • Reply
    Kelley
    June 18, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I made this recipe with avocado and it was superb- a perfect summer picnic dish! Great idea Sonja and Alex!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      June 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      You’re very welcome! So glad it was a hit! :)

  • Reply
    Maria @ Box of Stolen Socks
    July 2, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I like dill sooooo much! Off course I use it in tzatziki but also in various pies I make like spinach pie, nettle and mixed greens pie, even the traditional Greek cheese pie – Tyropita. I love it also with salmon…

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