Vegetarian Chopped Power Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

This healthy vegetarian salad recipe features chickpeas and quinoa for a boost of protein. Cilantro adds color and flavor when blended to make a creamy dressing. Serve this cold salad for lunch or dinner.

Vegetarian Chopped Power Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing
Photo: Brie Passano
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • ½ cup chopped cilantro

  • ¼ cup buttermilk

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallot

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 6 cups torn lettuce

  • 2 cups finely sliced stemmed kale

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed

  • 2 medium carrots, sliced

  • 1 medium red or yellow bell pepper, diced

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • cup roasted unsalted pepitas


  1. Combine cilantro, buttermilk, mayonnaise, shallot, vinegar, salt and pepper in a mini food processor. Process until well blended.

  2. Combine lettuce, kale, chickpeas, carrots, bell pepper and quinoa in a large bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with pepitas before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

362 Calories
17g Fat
38g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 2½ cups
Calories 362
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Vitamin A 10979IU 220%
Sodium 397mg 17%
Potassium 634mg 13%

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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