Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

by heidi on October 22, 2013

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Adults love it, kids loathe it. For better or for worse, spinach is a mainstay super food that just cannot be ignored in today’s diet and my Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas is yet another reason to add it to your lunch or dinner menu plans.

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This recipe combo is the final installment of my Tabasco 10-Ingredient Challenge, following up my Tabasco Brined Spicy Drumsticks, Tabasco Chicken Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato and Apricot Sauce and Tabasco Braised Chicken with Chickpeas and Kale.

Spicy and we love it.

Spicy Tabasco Roasted Chickpeas | FoodieCrush.com

Spicy Tabasco Roasted Chickpeas | FoodieCrush.com

First lets start off with the chickpeas, or as most of you know them as garbanzo beans. Why the distinction in name? The French first initiated the word chickpea and then the English followed suit by putting their swag stamp on the legume by switching the name to garbanzo.

Personally I’m going to assert my authority and give this protein packed powerhouse a totally new title: Welcome the chickabanzo. Catchy, right?

To make these chickabanzo beans special this time around I answered my urge to kick up the flavor. What better way than adding a little spice, via a quick coating of Tabasco Original Red Sauce, and then tossing them into the oven to mutate flavors with a nice toasting bake.

Spicy Tabasco Roasted Chickpeas | FoodieCrush.com

What I love about these guys is that they are the perfect snack. They’re great for entertaining thanks to the spicy, saltiness that pairs so well with a little cocktail in one hand and a handful of chickpeas in the other or perfect for a snack when you’re running out the door.And who wouldn’t like these as a hostess gift? What? The holidays will soon be here? Note to self: make these again.

And then lunchtime rolled around. I almost always have a salad for lunch, something I can take a serious crunch out of, and chickpeas are always included to the party. These spicy nuggets would be the perfect addition.

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing | FoodieCrush.com

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing | FoodieCrush.com

With a bag of spinach sitting in my refrigerator alongside some leftover bacon, I suddenly craved an old school hot bacon dressing, the kind that perfumes the kitchen and adds just enough warmth to gently coat each vitamin packed leafy green.

Layering the spice of Tabasco in both the dressing and the Spicy Roasted Chickpeas was a no-brainer. And let us not forget the bacon. Oh baby, bacon. It moves this recipe into the something especially craveable column.

But when I decided to throw on some sweetened but still a tad tart cranberries to give it an extra zing…sign me up for lunch and/or dinner. Heck, throw an egg on this sucker and we have breakfast. Oh mama.

Give it to me spicy or not at all. That’s just one of my food mantras.

Tabasco Roasted Chickpeas

Yield: makes 2 cups

Tabasco Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients

2 15 ounce cans garbanzo beans
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon Tabasco Original Red Sauce
1 tablespoon kosher salt
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drain and rinse garbanzo beans, then pat dry. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Mix the canola oil and Tabasco together and drizzle over the garbanzo beans. Stir to coat.
  3. Bake the beans for 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and season with kosher salt and the Parmesan cheese. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Yield: serves 2-3 as a main, 4-6 as a side

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Ingredients

8 slices bacon, chopped
2 teaspoons Tabasco Original Red Sauce
1 tablespoon water
8 cups spinach
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 ½ cups Tabasco Roasted Chickpeas
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the chopped bacon in a fry pan over medium-high heat to the crispness you desire. Spoon the cooked bacon out of the grease with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Let bacon start to cool in pan for 1-2 minutes then slowly stir in the Tabasco, careful so it doesn’t splatter, then add the water and mix.
  2. Add the spinach, cranberries Tabasco Roasted Chickpeas and parmesan cheese to a large bowl and dress the salad with the Hot Tabasco dressing. Serve immediately with additional kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
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Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg October 22, 2013 at 3:18 am

Crunchy, spicy, sweet and healthy. My kind of salad.

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Belinda @themoonblushbaker October 22, 2013 at 4:18 am

You have just solved the issue with “not wanting to eat salad” days with this meal. Totally go for this any meal of the day! yum!

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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 22, 2013 at 6:18 am

Chickabanzo!!! Love it!! Always reminds me of the ones we ate in Carmel on the Dole trip – so good!!

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Tieghan October 22, 2013 at 6:19 am

Heidi, this is liks a dream salad! The spinach, the hot bacon dressing and the spicy roasted chickpeas! Some of my very favorite things going on here and so pretty too!

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molly yeh October 22, 2013 at 7:37 am

holy cow, this is all of my favorite things. on spinach. this is the kick in the butt i needed to get me to eat a green vegetable. thank you, ms. foodie crush!!

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Monica October 22, 2013 at 8:08 am

Boy, I would gladly eat this for lunch. Looks delicious!

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Cecile Roy October 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

“Chick a Boom – Chick a Boom Boom !!” I’ve been looking for a warm bacon dressing – and I love fresh spinach – what a great recipe. Plus the crunchy, spicy chickpeas – oh yeah !!

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I spy some major hand modeling in action. I need to send this to Jason to take notes!

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Kristen October 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Oh my gosh – I love that dressing!

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Christy @ My Invisible Crown October 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I always see roasted chick peas but have never roasted them myself. I LOVE the idea of spicy. Super cool recipe dude!! :)

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Cookin' Canuck October 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

Holy cow! Every single part of this looks fantastic. I pictured it when you described it to me, but now I REALLY want to make it.

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Patti October 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

This salad looks awesome. Love anything with spinach, especially salads.

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Emily October 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Mmm…bacon…

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Christine |Taste of Divine October 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I made this salad tonight and it was so delicious! I love the chickpeas. I used a little less hot sauce, as I am a wimp when it comes to spicy food, haha! Pinning this now : ) Oh, your pictures are gorgeous by the way!

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Amanda January 24, 2014 at 6:51 am

This looks absolutely delicious! I think my picky-eater-family will love it too :) Can’t wait to try! I am sharing this on my blog with a link back. Thanks again for sharing!!

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