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Rainbow Power Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Rainbow Power Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

23 reviews / 4.7 average

Color! Texture! Beautiful food in a bowl! That’s this Rainbow Power Salad.

There’s so much good going on here, guys. The carrots and zucchini get all ribboned up into shreds, and the chickpeas get roasted with a little spice, and just like that, the 5 minute Magic Green Sauce finds its place in the world. Well, or just one of its many places in the world because we already talked about how that sauce is a match for just about everything ever ever ever.

Also – I just need to say that I love naming recipes with words like “Rainbow” and “Power.” Like, how much more enjoyable is a pile of raw vegetables when they’re giving you a massive dose of Rainbow Power? I can’t even handle the good feelings I get from sitting down with this salad in front of me and thinking, Here I go again, getting my Rainbow Power on for the day! There’s a good chance I’m the only one who likes this sort of obscure, overly emotional naming, and also a good chance that I’m actually a unicorn.

Surprise!

Rainbow power for lyfe.

HOW TO MAKE OUR RAINBOW POWER SALAD (45 SEC):

Zucchini, carrots, and basil in a mixing bowl.
Magic green sauce in a white bowl.

It only made sense to name this Rainbow Power Salad, because this bowl-o-goodness is just that: a rainbow of veggies that gives you all the nutritious power of zucchini and carrots and fresh herbs and greens, tossed with a handful of crispy, spiced, roasted chickpeas and the ultimate flavor bomb of 2015 aka Magic Green Sauce.

Right now, late April, pre-summer is definitely the time for me to be eating a Rainbow Power Salad for lunch because confession –> I could use the healthy vegetable glow in my life to spruce up the summertime look, and sometimes I “eat healthy” while forgetting to eat vegetables.

Woops?

I don’t want to assume you guys are as vegetable-forgetful as me, but I’d feel sort of better if you were. Hallooh? Fellow forgetters of vegetables? Are you out there?

There are plenty of times when I will get to the end of the day feeling really good about everything I ate, and I’ll pause for a moment to count my vegetables for the day annnnnd, wait, did I even eat any today? Ehhrr, no, wait, can I count the ultimate chocolate granola?

Come ONNN.

Rainbow Power Salad with Roasted Chickpeas in a white bowl with a fork.

This salad is packed with raw vegetable power that will bring on the healthy glow, inside and out. Whenever I eat this salad I feel like I should be getting two gold medal emojis – one for the enjoyment of such a seriously delicious salad, and one for all the rainbow power I just put into my unicorn body.

And knowing that summer is coming? That makes this salad my friend in a very big way.

More veggies! More summer produce! More reason to visit the farmers market!

More glow for the skin! More nutrient power! More Magic Green Sauce!

AND MORE UNICORN VIBES.

Just… I don’t even know sometimes.

Rainbow Power Salad with Roasted Chickpeas in a white bowl.
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Rainbow Power Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Rainbow Power Salad with Roasted Chickpeas


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x

Description

Rainbow Power Salad with Roasted Chickpeas – SO FRESH and SO GOOD! Zucchini, carrots, fresh basil, crispy spiced chickpeas. Vegan.


Ingredients

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  • 5 Minute Magic Green Sauce for dressing
  • 3 large tri-color carrots (I used one orange, one red, and one yellow)
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into ribbons
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • generous sprinkling of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Pat the chickpeas dry with paper towels and toss with the olive oil, chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring or shaking the pan every once in a while to prevent over browning. The chickpeas are done when they are crispy and golden brown.
  2. Shred the vegetables into very thin ribbons or slices using a grater, peeler, mandoline, or spiralizer. It’s sort of up to you how you want the shape of the vegetables to be. After shreddng, press the zucchini lightly with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Toss the vegetables with the basil and set aside.
  3. Toss the vegetables with a scoop of Magic Green Sauce – start out with about 1/2 cup and add more if needed. Add the roasted chickpeas and toss gently to combine. Arrange the salad into bowls and serve immediately.

Notes

This salad does not keep well once tossed with the sauce. Keep all ingredients separate until ready to serve.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: salad with chickpeas, power salad, vegetarian salad

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Nutrition information is for 2 servings of “naked salad” without any sauce (check this post for the separate nutrition information on the sauce).

I used my spiralizer for super easy veggie shreds/noodles in this recipe! For more spiralizer ideas, check out this post:

8 Life-Changing Ways To Use a Spiralizer

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Rainbow Power Salad with Roasted Chickpeas - a healthy, easy, colorful salad that will bring out your summer glow! SO YUMMY // vegan.

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This recipe is part of our best healthy summer salads page. Check it out!

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’ve been waiting to try out the Magic Green Sauce and I guess its time to do just that! I’m such a big fan of roasted chickpeas. We kinda use it as an in-between meal snack here in India but I can imagine how much crunch it would add to the salad.

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    You are not alone! I can definitely be a vegetable-forgetter, but that’s why you have to keep recipes like these close, so it feels like fun! This looks insanely delicious. I’m so on board!






  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    “Rainbow power!” I think we should start a club with that name. Not exactly sure what we would do (eat salads with roasted chickpeas all day? Yes!) , but we’d have a cool name at least 😉

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Laughed out loud in that ugly-snorting kind of way at…”also a good chance that I’m actually a unicorn.”

    This looks like all the good things in the world. A salad that won’t make me miss cheese?! I’m in!






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    dirtgirl

    A really great salad recipe, that’s if it makes it to the plate, hubby is one end of kitchen keep nibbling the roasted chickpeas. I couldn’t find the cumin in my spices so substituted Lebanese spice mix as well as Biryani spice, a great success. I am down the other end of kitchen constantly tasting the sauce to make sure it’s okay, between us I think we’ve consumed a half share of our salad already! I can’t get tricolour carrots here, other than at Farmers Markets, but no prob. Will be serving the salad with some grilled steak. The sauce really is totally delish,. Was thinking of making another batch during week and serving it mixed in with fried chicken tenderloins and bow tie pasta. A very versatile sauce.

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This salad looks amazing! Eating a pile of vibrantly colored vegetables definitely does feel like imbibing a rainbow of power. I used to get a rainbow salad from a coop in Seattle that this reminds me of. Serious power food! And it looks like you found yet another use for the spiralizer. I am on the fence about getting one, but it does seem like a great excuse to eat more veggies. Will have to think about it.

    Thanks for another great post!

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    Sara Grace

    So…I’ve never had a chickpea before (gasp, right!?!). Buuut, this recipe kinda makes me wanna. Thanks Lindsay for encouraging me to try something new. All excited here in Franklin, TN!!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am drooling… Colorful, healthy and delicious. Can’t ask for much more!

    I am currently living in South Korea, and one of the things I find myself missing most is salad! I love me some fresh veggies 🙂 I saw your recipe for the “Magic Green Sauce” and am so intent on making it soon. Only problem is avocados are ridiculously expensive here. Womp womp.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful recipes!

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    Chef Nan

    Fabulous & right on time. Sharing this with my 21-Day Fix group today! Thanks Lindsay – oh, and we are loving your posts that involve Sage – keep ’em (or “her” coming)! 🙂






  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    So many pretty colors! During the week I am more disciplined about eating veggies and I enjoy it. But this weekend somehow I got to the end of Saturday realizing I hadn’t had a veg. Those peppers never tasted so good!
    Eating rainbows makes it easier to get others to enjoy veg as much as I do. Thanks!