I need a break from Thanksgiving. Already!

BBQ Salmon and Crispy Chickpea Salads with Greek Yogurt Ranch Drizzle I howsweeteats.com

That’s what happens when you put out Halloween decor in July.

P.S. I am an old lady.

It never fails that come the holiday season, I seriously have no clue what to eat for dinner. Never.ever.fails. It’s like my brain can’t get past all of the cookies and appetizers and cocktails  and stuffing and twice baked potatoes. It’s like my mind is totally wiped clean of all normal dinner ideas and I want to eat cheese and crackers with a side of wine.

So this is what I’m eating this week. It’s my wineless answer.

BBQ Salmon and Crispy Chickpea Salads with Greek Yogurt Ranch Drizzle I howsweeteats.com

Now it’s no secret that I love a good salmon salad. Next to taco salads, they are my go-to way of making myself get those veggies. Which we all know really just means a whole boatload of things that aren’t vegetables on a bed of lettuce. Buuuuuut… oh well. Roasted chickpeas are also a staple on my salads – it’s almost impossible for me to consume one without.

My salads aren’t high maintenance or anything. I have no idea where they get it.

Oh and even though this seems a bit summery, it’s quite filling and fits the season. In a weird way, it’s almost comforting. It’s like salad comfort food, if that can be a thing. There is so much texture and CRUNCH. Pretty much live for it.

BBQ Salmon and Crispy Chickpea Salads with Greek Yogurt Ranch Drizzle I howsweeteats.com

Just to complicate things, I threw together a quick ranch drizzle with greek yogurt. I swear that a little goes a long way and it makes the salad. Along with the BBQ sauce drenched salmon, crunchy chickpeas, crushed tortilla chips, corn and scallions, this flavor combo blew my mind.

This means that I will eat it approximately 13 days in a row, then get so sick of it that I won’t be able to even think of such a salad for at least a month.

And no, I’ll never learn.

BBQ Salmon and Crispy Chickpea Salads with Greek Yogurt Ranch Drizzle I howsweeteats.com


BBQ Salmon and Crispy Chickpea Salads

Yield: serves 2 to 4

Total Time: 45 minutes


1 1/2 cups roasted chickpeas
1 pound salmon filet
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
8 cups spring greens
4 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup corn
1/4 cup torn fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon snipped chives
1 handful of tortilla chips, crushed

quick greek yogurt ranch drizzle
3 tablespoons greek yogurt
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley
1 teaspoon freshly chopped dill
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


To prep, roast the chickpeas first. You can do this a few hours ahead of time if desired.

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Season the salmon with the mixture, covering both sides. (if you get salmon with skin on, I use the spice rub just on the top.) Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the salmon and cook on one side for 2 minutes, then flip and cook until the fish is flaky and opaque, about 5 minutes. Brush the BBQ sauce all over the salmon.

To assemble the salads, combine the lettuce, corn and green onions in a bowl. Add the salmon and chickpeas on top, then drizzle with the ranch. Top it off with the crushed chips, chives and cilantro. Serve!

quick greek yogurt ranch drizzle
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until combined. Drizzle overtop of salads!

BBQ Salmon and Crispy Chickpea Salads with Greek Yogurt Ranch Drizzle I howsweeteats.com

I like a cute salad.

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41 Responses to “BBQ Salmon and Crispy Chickpea Salads with Greek Yogurt Ranch Drizzle.”

  1. #
    Southbourne Gardens — November 18, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    It’s the same here at Christmas, always end up craving something zesty. I usually put croutons or nuts in salads for extra texture and crunch so will definitely be trying the chickpeas as an alternative.


  2. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 18, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    Oh my gosh, this has my name written all over it! If I only had one meal left to eat, salmon would be included for sure. I wasn’t planning to hit the grocery store after work today but you’ve got me salivating and it’s not even 8am yet!


  3. #
    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — November 18, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    Jessica, only you could make salads sound and look so appetizing. Chickpeas aren’t really my thing, but they look so appetizing with the salmon. I need to give this a shot!


  4. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — November 18, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    I love this salad, I love salmon, I love this blog, you rock


  5. #
    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — November 18, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    So crazy but works so well. I love the tangy spices you used. I have soft spot for light and tangy chips but I think these chickpea will hit the spot. Also they are chickpeas, so they are good for you right in large amounts?


  6. #
    Yankee Kitchen Ninja — November 18, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Yeah! I’m on board with salmon salad. And I might throw some toasted bread cubes in there to soak up all the BBQuey, ranchy goodness. Now I have never roasted chickpeas, so I’m intrigued…


  7. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — November 18, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    I have to say…I’m a teensy bit relieved to see a non-Thanksgiving day dinner! I feel like my brain can’t get passed turkey, cranberries, pumpkin, sweet potato, etc and I’m struggling to think of any non-holiday related foods too! :/


  8. #
    Kristin @ Tastefully GF Blog — November 18, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    I love the idea of adding roasted chickpeas to a salad. I’m going to have to try it! The salmon looks absolutely delicious, too!


  9. #
    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — November 18, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Yummy, I love crispy chickpeas. This looks so delish!


  10. #
    bridget350@gmail.com — November 18, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    This looks so, so good to me. I need a salad or two to balance out these cookies around here. And, crispy chickpeas are my new favorite. I just want to reach through the screen and grab some. ;)


  11. #
    Anna — November 18, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Making my mouth water!!!!!!!


  12. #
    jennifer — November 18, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    So did I miss this…? Do you simply dress the salmon with the BBQ sauce? I didn’t see it in the recipe except on the ingredient list. Did you heat it up first. Maybe it’s there. Maybe I’m just blind with hunger after reading this post!
    Thanks for sharing the ideas.
    Jennifer in KS


    • Jessica — November 18th, 2013 @ 11:05 am

      oops sorry! you brush it on after cooking – thought i added it last night but maybe i didn’t save it.


      • jennifer — November 18th, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

        cool. thanks for replying!

  13. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — November 18, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    Can’t even tell you how much I want this for lunch!!


  14. #
    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — November 18, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Haha! I had bbq salmon salad for like 2 weeks in a row a few months ago…and just got out the salmon for my lunch today too bc I was planning on going through the bbq salmon cycle again! Just SO good!
    I need the roasted chickpeas though! That was a brilliant choice :)


  15. #
    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate — November 18, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    I would be content just eating several handfuls of those chickpeas!


  16. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — November 18, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Why don’t I just eat ALL of the chickpeas as a meal? Only chickpeas. I’d be ok with that.


  17. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 18, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    I love roasted chickpeas to the point I pretty much burn my mouth because I shovel them in by the handful straight off the hot baking tray. I can’t even wait til they cool down. LOL. And I bet the ranch sauce is the perfect cooling dressing. What a great flavor/texture/temperature profile going on in this salad!

    “It’s like my brain can’t get past all of the cookies and appetizers and cocktails” <— that's most months of the year for me :)


  18. #
    Teffy — November 18, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    Oh wow! that looks absolutely deiicious!
    I love salmon, and with those crispy chickpeas is seems like heaven!

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X


  19. #
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — November 18, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    I am all over this salad! BBQ, ranch, salmon AND crispy chickpeas all on one plate? AND cilantro AND corn? Ya, totally into that. Yummy!


  20. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 18, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    Now this is my kind of salad! Looks sca-rumptious, Jess!


  21. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — November 18, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    This looks SO good! I should really make this for my husband — he’s nuts about salmon and just can’t get enough of it :)


  22. #
    Jessica @FoodLuvBites — November 18, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    Gee, I wish my son ate Salmon. He stay faking on eating it when its soooo darn good. Can’t wait to try.


  23. #
    Lisa G — November 18, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

    Love this salmon salad combo!!!


  24. #
    Larry — November 18, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

    That salad looks amazing. Too bad I have butternut squash and black bean enchiladas waiting for me in the fridge! #firstworldproblems


  25. #
    Audrey — November 18, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    This looks amazing and not boring at all for a salad! Love the creativity.


  26. #
    Pretend Chef — November 18, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

    This looks so delicious.


  27. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver}} — November 19, 2013 @ 12:08 am

    Can a healthy salad be trashy? Cause I like how you do trashy – health food or not-so-healthy. And Salmon totally does me in.


  28. #
    Margaret — November 19, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    I saw this yesterday morning and made it last night – it was AMAZING. My boyfriend said it was one of the best things I’ve ever made :) Thanks for the recipe!!!


  29. #
    Haley — November 19, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    This looks AMAZING. I love salmon, BBQ sauce, and chickpeas so this looks like a great combination. I need to try it!


  30. #
    Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists — November 19, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    What a pretty, healthy looking salad this is! I need it!


  31. #
    Ali — November 21, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    My mom made this for us. Honestly I wasn’t sure about how it would taste but it is AMAZING! I I added a little siracha cuz well, I like it hot!
    Lots of work….but worth the end result :)


  32. #
    Elora — November 25, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    Just ate this, another wonderful recipe! Thank you!


  33. #
    Jilly — March 26, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

    This might be the best salad I’ve ever put in my face. Can’t believe it took me this long to try it. In our dinner rotation for sure!



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