Blogging Marathon# 26: Week 2/ Day 1
Theme: Soups & Salads
Dish: Protein Based – Chickpea Salad
We are onto our 2nd week of marathon for this month. My theme for this week is “Soups & Salads” and to add interest and make the theme a little more challenging, Valli wants us to make soups & salads that use one star ingredient for each dish. Today’s dish has a “Chickpeas” as the star protein rich ingredient.
I picked this theme because with my husband travelling on business for the past couple weeks I’ve been cooking for just myself. Salads fit right in since making a single serving salad is much easier than cooking something.
This salad is full of fresh crunchy vegetables and fruits and the dressing is yogurt & tahini (ground sesame paste) based. I love adding sweetness to my salads in the form of fresh or dry fruits. Blueberries, sliced strawberries, chopped apples, pears, grapes are great in salads and so are dried cranberries, raisins and other not too sweet dry fruits.
Tahini is one of my favorite ingredients, I love the nuttiness and the creaminess it imparts to any dish. So when I saw this Tahini Buttermilk dressing recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen, I pinned it right away to try it soon. I used nice thick greek yogurt instead of buttermilk since I didn’t have buttermilk on hand. I guess the dressing will be tangy with buttermilk, but I liked the creaminess that Greek yogurt gave to the dressing. Dressing also uses some Sumac, a middle eastern version of Indian aamchoor (dry mango powder). I was lucky that one of my dear Turkish friend bought me some Sumac from a turkish grocery.