Salmon & Crispy Chickpea Spinach Salad

Salmon & Crispy Chickpea Spinach Salad - Fresh spinach, broiled salmon, creamy avocado and crunchy chickpeas with a chipotle-lime Greek yogurt dressing. | foxeslovelemons.com

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about food blogging, it’s that you have to be very open as far as what constitutes a meal. And very creative as far as how to make a salad out of odds and ends leftovers in your fridge. Between my beloved blog and freelance food photography jobs, I photograph somewhere between five and eight new recipes each week. With just two of us here to eat these dishes, I try as hard as possible to make and photograph small portions so that we’re not wasting food.

Salmon & Crispy Chickpea Spinach Salad - Fresh spinach, broiled salmon, creamy avocado and crunchy chickpeas with a chipotle-lime Greek yogurt dressing. | foxeslovelemons.com

Still, leftovers build up. The fridge gets so full it almost bulges. So beef brisket and ricotta become last minute additions to a vegetable pasta skillet. Spiralized zucchini gets made into tacos. A lunch plate is made entirely from dips and dippers. And don’t even get me started on salads. Twelve ingredient salads are not uncommon in our household. Made entirely from leftovers that probably shouldn’t really be combined, but let’s just go with it.

This is not one of those salads. This salad was thought out, composed and carefully assembled because I love the combination of salmon, avocado and spinach. Greek yogurt was mixed with chipotles in adobo for a creamy yet healthy dressing. NatureBox dry roasted Citrus Chipotle Chickpeas were sprinkled on for crunch. These zesty and savory crunchy chickpeas have a smoky paprika flavor with a light citrus note, pairing perfectly with the salmon.

The next day, the leftover salmon from these salads became fish tacos for lunch.

Salmon & Crispy Chickpea Spinach Salad - Fresh spinach, broiled salmon, creamy avocado and crunchy chickpeas with a chipotle-lime Greek yogurt dressing. | foxeslovelemons.com

Yield: 4 servings

Salmon & Crispy Chickpea Spinach Salad

Salmon & Crispy Chickpea Spinach Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes

Ingredients

For the Salmon:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound salmon fillet
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

For the Chipotle-Lime Yogurt Dressing:

  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce, minced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad:

  • 4 cups packed baby spinach
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup NatureBox Citrus Chipotle Chickpeas

Instructions

  1. Make Salmon: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray small rimmed baking pan with nonstick spray. Place salmon on prepared pan; sprinkle with chili powder and cayenne. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until salmon is opaque all the way through and flakes easily with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, make Chipotle-Lime Yogurt Dressing: In small bowl, stir together all ingredients.
  3. Assemble salads with spinach, avocado, salmon and Citrus Chipotle Chickpeas. Serve with Chipotle-Lime Yogurt Dressing.

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