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Radish Salad with Yogurt Dill Dressing

May 10, 2024

Blushing radishes, cool cucumber and smoky roasted chickpeas make this gorgeous butter lettuce and radish salad with yogurt-dill dressing an absolute celebration of all things crispy-crunchy.

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Butter Lettuce And Radish Salad With Yogurt Dill Dressing toasted chickpeas and avocado

A Hearty, Summery Dinner Salad

This drop-dead gorgeous dinner salad is composed of flavors and textures that scream summertime—a bed of tender butter lettuce (you know we’re obsessed, right?), blushing radishes, fresh cucumber, creamy avocados and smoky roasted chickpeas. Thanks to the chickpeas it’s got just a hint of heft, meaning that this summer salad can stand alone as a light dinner. For bigger appetites, you can always add a baguette or some grilled salmon to round it out into a more filling supper. And the thing that really makes this composed salad recipe a winner? A creamy, healthy homemade yogurt-dill dressing.

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Butter Lettuce And Radish Salad With Yogurt Dill Dressing toasted chickpeas and avocado

What’s This About Yogurt In A Salad Dressing?

We dress this colorful salad in a creamy, fresh dressing that also happily doubles as a delicious veggie dip. We’re not using yogurt just because it’s a healthier base for a salad dressing than mayonnaise or sour cream, we also love its unique creamy-tartness. That cool tang is a perfect foil for the sharpness of radishes and the paprika-flecked smokiness of the roasted chickpeas. All that paired with the ripply crunch of butter lettuce and, well, let’s just say you’ll have yourself a mighty good salad. OK, so you’re into this dressing now, right? In addition to salt and pepper, you’ll only need four ingredients to make it:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Lemon
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Fresh dill, minced
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Roasted Chickpeas—The Best Salad Topper Ever, The End.

They really are, though. This salad is almost vegan—if you use a different dressing it can easily be vegan—but as it is, it’s a hearty, filling vegetarian dinner thanks to these roasted chickpeas. Loaded with fiber, iron and protein, they add both bulk and nutrition. Plus, roasting them makes them 100% delicious. Here’s how the magic happens:

  • Toss the chickpeas with olive oil, sea salt and smoked paprika (also called pimentón).
  • Nibble on them, because they honestly already taste pretty good.
  • Roast! Pop them onto a sheet pan and roast them! 400° F for 40 minutes.
  • Wait! Pull the chickpeas out and let them sit for ten minutes.
  • Roast again! Ten more minutes—just until they’re nice and crunchy.
  • Let them cool a bit before digging into the perfectly little crispy bites.
Butter Lettuce And Radish Salad With Yogurt Dill Dressing toasted chickpeas and avocado

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More Summery Salads That Double As Dinner

The secret to turning a veggie-loaded salad into a meal is to dress it up a little bit. These four salad recipes are some of our favorite ways to fill up on green stuff:

Butter Lettuce And Radish Salad With Yogurt Dill Dressing toasted chickpeas and avocado

Have You Ever Been This Excited For Radish Season?

Radishes always look so inviting, with their vibrant magenta skin and cheery green tops, but until we dreamt up this salad recipe we were never quite sure how best to use them. We hope this salad makes you as excited for radish-gobbling as we are. Let us know how it turns out for you! Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so we can see your handiwork! Happy eating.

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Radish Salad with Yogurt Dill Dressing

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  55 min
  • Calories: 134

Ingredients

Crispy Chickpeas

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, skins removed
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

Yogurt Dill Dressing

  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill, plus more for serving
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more for serving

Salad

  • 2 heads butter lettuce, leaves roughly torn
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 3 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 large avocado, sliced

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F with a rack in the center position. Line a rimmed sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

  2. On the prepared sheet pan, combine the chickpeas olive oil, sea salt, and paprika. Roast for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Return to the oven for 10-15 more minutes or until golden. Allow to cool.

  3. Meanwhile, make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, vinegar, dill, salt, and pepper.

  4. Make the salad. Arrange the lettuce on a serving platter, top evenly with radishes, cucumber, and avocado. Drizzle with the dressing then sprinkle with roasted chickpeas. Serve with extra dill and pepper.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories134
  • Protein7 g
  • Carbohydrates14 g
  • Total Fat6 g
  • Dietary Fiber4 g
  • Cholesterol1 mg
  • sodium276 mg
  • Total Sugars3 g

Radish Salad with Yogurt Dill Dressing

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  • Kaltra

    Hello, what can I subsitute chickpeas with? My husband is allergic to soy and nuts. So I cannot subsitutie with any type of beans or lentils or peas. Would pine nuts work? Can you offer any other suggestions?

    Hi Kaltra, you could omit them entirely or just swap them for something else with a crunchy texture your husband can eat (pine nuts, pumpkin seeds etc...).

  • Jenn

    This salad was so good and such a welcome change of pace from a regular green salad.

    We are so glad you liked it!