Mediterranean Salad Recipe with Vegetables and Sauce

Mediterranean Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Vegan Tzatziki

We’re thrilled to be including RightRice in our May Snack Box! If you’re not familiar, RightRice (1) is a tasty grain made from lentils, chickpeas, peas + rice. It has more than double the protein, five times the fiber, and almost 40% fewer net carbs than a bowl of white rice! We have jam-packed this recipe with plant based nutrition and flavor.

An Easy-To-Follow Recipe

Adding fried chickpeas to this Mediterranean-inspired salad creates a perfect lunch that is ready in minutes.  We even included a quick recipe for Vegan Tzatziki sauce to top your salad. Our Vegancuts Snack Box subscribers received the Lemon Pepper or Thai Curry Flavor – either package is perfect for this salad! Feel free to use any vegetables or herbs that inspire you.  

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Mediterranean Salad with Crispy Chickpeas & Vegan Tzatziki

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Mediterranean Salad

  • 1 Package RightRice Lemon Pepper or Thai Curry
  • 1 1/3 Cup Vegetable Stock or Broth
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Mint
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Dill
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Can (15oz) Chickpeas Drained and rinsed, then dried with a paper towel
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Small Persian Cucumbers Sliced
  • 1/2 Red Onion Thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes Sliced

Vegan Tzatziki Dressing

  • 1/2 Cup Vegan Sour Cream or Unsweetened Vegan Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp Finely Chopped Fresh Dill
  • 1/2 Finely Chopped English Cucumber
  • 1/4 Cup Finely Diced Red Onion
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Prepare the Right Rice according to the packaging directions, using vegetable or broth as the liquid. As it sits for 12 minutes, prepare the chickpeas. Once cooked, fluff with a fork and stir in the herbs.
  • In a large nonstick frying pan, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat.  When the oil is hot, place the dried chickpeas in the pan, adding a pinch of salt.  (If they have any moisture on them, they easily splatter, so be careful.)
  • Stir the chickpeas to crisp on all sides.  After 2 minutes, sprinkle the smoked paprika over the top, stir to coat, and then remove them from the pan and place on a paper-towel lined plate.
  • Make the Tzatziki: Stir together or blend all ingredients – you choose your own texture adventure!
  • Place ¼ of the rice in a bowl. Top with some cucumber slices, red onion slices, and cherry tomatoes.  Place a dollop of Tzatziki on each bowl.
  • Garnish with herb sprigs and an additional drizzling of olive oil.
    Pro Tip: This dish would go GREAT with vegan feta – we added crumbled tofu for a delicious topping

References:

  1. RightRice: http://www.rightrice.com
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