Spiralized Vegetable Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

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Make yourself a healthy rainbow of colors for your next vegetarian meal and top it with a creamy avocado lemon sauce! This salad is loaded with spiralized vegetables and crunchy roasted chickpeas.

spiralized vegetable salad with roasted chickpeas

Have you noticed the explosion of zoodles or spiralized vegetable noodle recipes lately? I mean what’s not to like when you’ve turned a simple vegetable into a much more beautiful curly string of wholesome goodness. It’s the cool thing to do.

Whoever would have predicted that eating healthy would be so fancy! Like any good scientist, I decided that I finally needed to do some investigating. I’m here to report back on my sleuthing. I must say, the results are delightful. Are you ready to check out this method for making eating your veggies more fun?

There are many choices out there to get the spiral action going with your vegetables. I purchased a spiralizer a little more affordable, about $15 to just get the basics down. The spiralizer I bought has two sides, a small and large noodle width.

Using a Spiralizer on carrots for a low-carb vegetable noodle salad

You choose a side and then twist your vegetables like your sharpening a pencil. That’s it! This yields pretty long strings of twisted vegetables. I found that more hearty, robust vegetables like carrots and zucchini work great with this tool. This handheld spiralizer was quick and easy to use and store. They weren’t the most perfect noodles, but it got the job done.

If you want more versatility to spiralize larger vegetables like butternut squash and large sweet potatoes, than a unit that clamps in the ingredient and uses a handle to twist would be better. Those run up to $50 and take up more kitchen space. I wasn’t ready for that kind of commitment yet!

Variety of different types of spiralized vegetable noodles

In this recipe, I used a variety of colorful carrots, zucchini, and yellow squash. These harder vegetables hold up very nicely when tossed in dressing, and gives a nice crunchy texture. Don’t they look so pretty? It only took me a minute or two to curl each vegetable. I cut off the ends first, then started spiralizing.

Creamy avocado sauce in a glass bowl

To give some contrast to the crisp vegetables, this avocado lemon cilantro dressing adds just the right creaminess. I quickly made the dressing in my blender. I just tossed in half an avocado, Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, fresh cilantro leaves, and olive oil. So straightforward and easy! The creamy dressing sticks onto each ribbon of vegetable, so every bite captures the earthy flavors.

Bowl of spiralized vegetable noodles with roasted chickpeas and sesame seeds

To take the crunch up a notch and keep the salad low-carb, I added roasted chickpeas. These protein and fiber-packed legumes add that extra crispy texture. Check out my step-by-step guide for how to roast chickpeas so you can customize the flavors. They make a great healthy snack!

Wow, I bet you didn’t even realize you ate a whole bowl of veggies with all of those beautiful elements combined in one bowl. The eye-catching colors, smooth and crisp textures, it’s some eye candy for sure. Each forkful is a powerful combination of phytonutrients, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This salad is delicious on its own, or you can add some grilled tofu, chicken or shrimp for a heartier meal.

Fork twirling vegetable noodles out of a salad bowl

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What is a Spiralizer and how do you use it?

Are you looking to incorporate more vegetables on your plate or looking to reduce your carbohydrate intake? The spiralizer tool can be your new favorite kitchen buddy! Spiralizers work like a large pencil sharpener, making the curliest produce pasta. You can buy a simple handheld model that cuts smaller vegetables by you twisting the vegetable. Larger toaster-sized units are more versatile where you add a firm vegetable and hold in place with a clamp over the grinder, and then use the hand crank to make the gears cut the vegetables into ribbons.

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Spiralized Vegetable Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Make yourself a healthy rainbow of colors for your next vegetarian meal and topped with a creamy avocado lemon sauce.
4.68 from 76 votes
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings 4 servings
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean

Ingredients  

Salad

  • 4 large carrots
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 large yellow squash
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt, plain
  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus zest
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, plus ½ cup chopped for garnish
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • black pepper
  • sesame seeds, for garnish

Chickpeas

  • 15 ounces chickpeas, 1 can, garbanzo beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions 

Roasted Chickpeas

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas and spread them out on a paper towel-lined baking sheet.
  • Pat them dry with a paper towel, removing, and skins that came off the beans. Toss with oil and salt.
  • Roast the chickpeas for 30-35 minutes until they are golden in color and crispy on the outside. The center may still be slightly soft. If you want the chickpeas even crispier, turn off the oven and allow the chickpeas to continue drying about 30-40 minutes more.
  • Make the salad while you roast the chickpeas.

Vegetable Salad

  • Cut your vegetables using a spiralizer. If you don’t have a spiralizer, use a vegetable peeler to create long strips, or you can thinly slice the vegetables into ⅛-inch thin strips. Add vegetables to a mixing bowl.
  • Blend yogurt, avocado, water, lemon juice, zest, cilantro, garlic, and salt in a blender until smooth.
  • Add in olive oil and blend for a few minutes more until creamy. Season with more salt and pepper as needed.
  • Toss together the noodles with the dressing, adding a small amount of dressing at a time until coated to your liking. There will be extra dressing.
  • Sprinkle salad with sesame seeds, chopped cilantro and serve with roasted chickpeas, croutons, avocado slices or any additional toppings of your choice.

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Nutrition Facts
Spiralized Vegetable Salad with Roasted Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 410mg17%
Potassium 393mg11%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 5650IU113%
Vitamin C 25.6mg31%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Msrilyn says

    This looks like great salad but my daughter is allergic to Avocado. Do you think it would work without Avocado?

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you for your comment! 1/2 an avocado would be about 1/2 cup and it’s adding the creaminess to the dressing. I’m thinking perhaps you could use some cheese instead (feta, goat, ricotta, cream cheese). Perhaps start with 1/4 cup and add more to taste. You could also try some cashews, almonds or peanuts to add creaminess, again at 1/4 cup and them increase. Let me know what you decide to use!

  2. Michelle says

    This looks amazing! And I love the roasted chickpeas. Your photo looks like it has one of the veggies roasted, but that is not listed in the recipe. Am I mistaken? Thanks.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you Michelle! No roasted veggies, I think it may be the purple carrot that looks roasted? I can’t wait to hear what you think!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you Susi! The vegetables are pretty robust, so I would say 2 days to store the salad with the dressing on it. Try to keep the chickpeas stored in an airtight container at room temperature so it stays extra crispy!

  3. Charlotte says

    What could I use in place of the greek yogurt? I’m not a dairy fan and definitely not a yogurt fan. Thanks!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Charlotte! I would try coconut milk cream, or just coconut milk and add until you get a pourable dressing consistency. Let me know how it goes!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Lindsay! You can definitely roast the chickpeas a day before, they actually last a few weeks in an air tight container and stay super crispy 🙂

  4. LisaR says

    Just made this for guests and everyone loved it. They especially wanted the recipe for the dressing. Besides tasting good, everyone was happy that it was healthy as well. Thanks for a great recipe.

  5. Julie says

    I just bought a ninja blender with a spiralizer and started looking for recipes. Yours was the first that sounded so yummy, I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can make this. Your pictures are beautiful, thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Wow, I didn’t know that the Ninja blender has a spiralizer attachment! Let me know how the recipe turns out for you, would love to hear your feedback!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi William- I have a classic balsamic vinaigrette dressing on the website you can check out that would be tasty.

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