Today is the day we fall in love with this chickpea bacon ranch salad.

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I mean, who doesn’t love a chopped salad?!

When I was home one summer in college, my brother and I both worked at Quiznos. He was obsessed with the chicken bacon ranch sandwich.  I think it was the most popular sandwich or something?

I couldn’t be bothered with it. I’ve rambled on before about how I never liked any sort of ranch dressing growing up. I didn’t like it to dip veggies (obvi), couldn’t even fathom it on salad and the whole pizza-crust-dipped-in-ranch thing? My worst nightmare.

I know! I was totally missing out.

The craziest thing is that I never really ended up loving ranch at all – until I made it myself. I fell in love with a version at home that contains a mix of fresh and dried herbs. And that sort of opened the floodgates for me.

The chickpea bacon ranch salad has a ton of crispy, crunchy texture and flavor. It's satisfying and super easy to prep ahead of time too! I howsweeteats.com #chickpea #salad

Making a homemade avocado ranch was the first step. I’ve been making one now for over six years and it’s a huge win when it comes to homemade dips and dressings. The color is super pretty too!

My next foray was greek yogurt ranch, which I appreciate just as much and is the version of ranch that you’ll find in this chickpea bacon ranch salad. I actually crave this ranch on salads.

And it’s rare that I’m enticed by a ranch-heavy dish right off the bat – even now. But I absolutely approve of some crispy fries dipped in ranch. Just sayin’.

The chickpea bacon ranch salad has a ton of crispy, crunchy texture and flavor. It's satisfying and super easy to prep ahead of time too! I howsweeteats.com #chickpea #salad

Roasted chickpeas are a huge meal prep staple for me. They are so crispy and crunchy and satisfying. And while I never was into the whole chicken bacon ranch phenomenon, with an accidental work slip, I thought of chickPEA bacon ranch instead of chicken bacon ranch.

And this amazing salad was born!

The chickpea bacon ranch salad has a ton of crispy, crunchy texture and flavor. It's satisfying and super easy to prep ahead of time too! I howsweeteats.com #chickpea #salad

But here’s the thing. We’re not roasting these chickpeas today.

Today, we’re going to add them to a skillet with the bacon grease.

YEP.

I’m sorry?

But really not at all.

Add these to the skillet and let them crisp up. As a result, they take on a whole ton of flavor.

The chickpea bacon ranch salad has a ton of crispy, crunchy texture and flavor. It's satisfying and super easy to prep ahead of time too! I howsweeteats.com #chickpea #salad

Speaking of staples, I swear that this might become a staple in your kitchen.

I couldn’t help sharing it now, but it may be even more in the rotation come summer. It’s a salad that you can prep all the components for ahead of time: make your bacon, chickpeas, ranch and cut the remaining veggies a day or so before. Keep the components separate until mealtime, then toss together and eat!

The chickpea bacon ranch salad has a ton of crispy, crunchy texture and flavor. It's satisfying and super easy to prep ahead of time too! I howsweeteats.com #chickpea #salad

It’s safe to say that I am obsessed with the flavor and the texture, which is the reason why I’m breaking all the rules and sharing salad on FRIDAY.

I mean. FRIDAY.

!!!!!

It’s the day for cake and cocktails and mac and cheese.

But I swear, once you get into the groove of this, you won’t want to get out.

The chickpea bacon ranch salad has a ton of crispy, crunchy texture and flavor. It's satisfying and super easy to prep ahead of time too! I howsweeteats.com #chickpea #salad

Chickpea Bacon Ranch Chopped Salad

Chickpea Bacon Ranch Chopped Salad

The chickpea bacon ranch salad has a ton of crispy, crunchy texture and flavor. It's satisfying and super easy to prep ahead of time too!
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Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 pieces bacon, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups spring greens, butter lettuce or romaine hearts
  • 2 cups baby arugula greens
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ English cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper

greek yogurt ranch

  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons 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
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions 

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas, then place them in a single layer on a kitchen towel to dry. You can lightly press with a paper towel to remove moisture from the chickpeas – this is key so they crisp up in the skillet!
  • Line a plate with a paper towel.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the bacon. Cook, stirring often, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crispy. Remove it with a slotted spoon and place it on the paper towel-lined plate to drain excess grease.
  • Add the chickpeas to the skillet over medium heat and toss. Add in the garlic cloves. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chickpeas begin to toast and crisp up, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the chickpeas with the slotted spoon and place them on the paper towel too.
  • To assemble the salad, add the spinach and arugula to a large bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Top with the avocado, tomatoes and cucumber. Add on the bacon and the chickpeas. Drizzle with the ranch dressing and serve!

greek yogurt ranch dressing

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until combined. This can be stored for a day or two in the fridge.
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The chickpea bacon ranch salad has a ton of crispy, crunchy texture and flavor. It's satisfying and super easy to prep ahead of time too! I howsweeteats.com #chickpea #salad

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