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Chickpea Pancetta Salad with Cran-Orange Vinaigrette Recipe
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Chickpea Pancetta Salad with Cran-Orange Vinaigrette Recipe

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When it comes to holiday-worthy salads, this one really fills the bill. The colorful mix of dried cranberries, orange segments, salad greens and red pepper looks beautiful on the table.
TOTAL TIME: Prep; 20 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep; 20 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • SALAD:
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 6 ounces diced pancetta or bacon
  • 8 cups spring mix salad greens
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 16 orange segments

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 302 calories, 20 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 555 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place the first eight ingredients in a blender; cover and pulse until smooth. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the beans, red pepper, cranberries, onions, basil and parsley. Pour 1/3 cup dressing over bean mixture; refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Refrigerate remaining dressing.
  3. In a large skillet, cook pancetta over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain.
  4. In a large bowl, combine salad greens and 1/4 cup dressing; toss to coat. Divide among eight salad plates. Top with bean mixture, pancetta and walnuts. Top with oranges. Serve with remaining dressing. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Chickpea Pancetta Salad with Cran-Orange Vinaigrette in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2013, p58

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 302 calories, 20 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 555 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 8 g protein.

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