Green Goddess Salad with Chickpeas


In this cucumber, tomato, Swiss cheese and chickpea salad recipe, a healthy green goddess dressing is made from avocado, buttermilk and herbs. The extra dressing is delicious served with grilled vegetables.




  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted

  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs, such as tarragon, sorrel, mint, parsley and/or cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce

  • 1 cup sliced cucumber

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed

  • ¼ cup diced low-fat Swiss cheese

  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved if desired


  1. To prepare dressing: Place avocado, buttermilk, herbs, vinegar and salt in a blender. Puree until smooth.

  2. To prepare salad: Toss lettuce and cucumber in a bowl with 1/4 cup of the dressing. Top with chickpeas, cheese and tomatoes. (Refrigerate the extra dressing for up to 3 days.)


To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate leftover dressing for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

304 Calories
8g Fat
40g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Serving Size 2 3/4 cups
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 22g 43%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Vitamin A 6774IU 135%
Vitamin C 14mg 16%
Folate 181mcg 45%
Sodium 465mg 20%
Calcium 420mg 32%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 72mg 17%
Potassium 641mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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