Before I go on and share a recipe, I want to pause to honor Martin Luther King Day and share one of my favorite martin Luther King quotes: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Now, back to the regularly schedule programming: I don’t know about you, but I’m already finding it is that time of year when we already start ignoring my resolutions – especially those focused on nutrition. One of the biggest diet pitfalls is the idea that you have to sacrifice taste for calories. The fact is, you can add spice and truly satisfying flavor to your dishes – in a quick and convenient way…..
Spicy Buffalo Chickpea Salad
For the dressing:
4 tsp Saucy Mama’s Hot Wing Sauce (or your favorite but this one is good)
juice from one lemon (about 1/4 cup)
2 small cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp honey
big pinches of salt and pepper, to taste
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
For the chickpeas:
2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed well
1/4 cup Saucy Mama’s Hot Wing Sauce, divided
2 T oil
For the salad:
2 10-oz bags of mixed salad greens
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
2 cups crumbled goat or blue cheese (about 6-7 ounces)
To make the chickpeas, preheat oven to 400 degrees and place the oven rack to the upper third position. Place chickpeas on a large, rimmed baking sheet, add 2 T hot wing sauce and 2 T oil. Using your hands, toss them together so all of the chickpeas are coated. Bake for 15 minutes, then pull a chickpea out to taste. If
you’d like them spicier, toss in an additional tablespoon (or two) of hot wing sauce and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes. Even if you don’t add more sauce, they still need to bake for another 15 minutes or so until they’re slightly crisp on the outside, but soft on the inside. When they’re finished baking, let them cool off, then transfer to a serving bowl.
To make the dressing, put all ingredients except oil into a small bowl and whisk to combine. While continuing to whisk, add the oil in a small, continuous stream. Dressing should thicken slightly as it combines.
At this point, you can place all of the ingredients in separate bowls for guests to build their own salads or toss the greens, dressing, cucumbers, and avocados together, then sprinkle the goat cheese and some of the chickpeas on top.
Makes 8 side-dish or 4 main-dish servings.
Recipe and Photo courtesy of Perry’s Plate
If you loved this recipe, there are many more Saucy Mama recipes.