Chickpea Corn Salad with Yogurt Dressing
In need of a quick summer side dish recipe that’s filling and delicious? (I mean, how can you say no to that?) Today we’re whipping up a Chickpea Corn Salad that’s bursting with veggies and herbs, and tied together with a spiced Greek yogurt dressing.
We’re in the height of BBQ season, meaning I’ve made Zucchini Corn Salad no less than five times already. But I was craving a salad with a little more substance when I schemed up this recipe. Something filling with some protein, lots of vegetables, and a creamy sauce holding it all together. And when it’s easy, filling protein I’m looking for, my instinct pulls me towards the can of chickpeas.
But with it being our corn spotlight and all, we’re throwing in some corn for that sweet summertime taste. I like to cook the corn before mixing it into the salad. Just a few minutes on the stove brings out the naturally deep, sweetness of corn. Cook just until it begins to brown, then mix in a big serving bowl with the rest of the veggies and feta.
Then you’ll whip up an easy yogurt garlic sauce that is going to trans-form that bowl of vegetables into some amazingness. Eat it alone, or on tacos, or on sandwiches, or with a spoon (there’s no judging here).
Chickpea Corn Salad
Chickpea Corn Salad
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 mL
- 1 15-oz can corn 425 g, drained
- 1 15-oz can chickpeas 425 g, drained
- 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
- ¼ cup finely chopped red onion 40 g
- ½ cup chopped green onions 50 g
- ½ cup chopped parsley 40 g
- ½ cup crumbled feta 80 g
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt 120 g
- 1 Tbsp lime juice 15 mL
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp each cumin, salt, pepper
- 1 clove garlic minced
Cook Corn*: Heat oil in a saute pan on the stove over medium/high heat. Add corn and cook, stirring frequently, until corn begins to brown on the edges, 3 to 5 minutes.
Assemble Salad: In a large bowl, toss together cooked corn and the rest of the salad ingredients.
Make Dressing: In a separate bowl, mix together all dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad and toss to evenly combine. Serve room temperature or chilled.
*For a quicker recipe, skip cooking the corn and just stir it in with the other ingredients. Have the BBQ on? Grill 2 ears of corn until slightly charred, then stir into the salad.
I originally posted this recipe over on Amanda’s Cookin’, where I’m a contributor. Thanks so much for dropping by and for making easy vegetarian recipes like this Chickpea Corn Salad possible!