UPDATE: GREAT news! This recipe is now ZERO Smart Points with the new Freestyle Program! Yay!
One of the questions that continues to come up as this recipe gains popularity is how can a recipe that uses feta cheese be zero points. The quick answer is that the total of Smart Points is lower than the number of servings. So, when you eat 1/2 cup of this Greek Chickpea Salad it is zero Smart Points, but not when you eat 4 cups. I thought it might be helpful to share how many Smart Points it would be if you ate more than 1/2 cup…. so here you go…
Number of Weight Watchers freestyle Smart Points for various size servings:
1/2 cup = 0 WW SP
1 cup = 1 WW SP
1-1/2 cup = 1 WW SP
2 cups = 1 WW SP
2-1/2 cups = 1 WW SP
3 cups = 2 WW SP
3-1/2 cups = 2 WW SP
4 cups = 2 WW SP
Now, this is not me recommending that you eat 4 cups of this chickpea goodness in one serving, but it is me saying that according to the new Freestyle plan, eating 4 cups would only be 2 WW SP, and eating 1/2 cup (which I would recommend) would be zero Smart Points! Hope this helps clear up some confusion as to how 1 serving can be zero points even though there is feta cheese in the recipe. 🙂
Now, let’s talk a little bit about this recipe…
Kind of a like a Greek salad, except with chickpeas instead of lettuce.
I don’t know about you, but I love a good Greek salad. All the colors and flavors come together to make something beautiful and delicious. When feta cheese, red onion and tomato get tossed in a vinagrette they are a mad combo. For this recipe, I took some of the same ingredients typically included in a Greek salad and tossed them in with a can of rinsed and drained chickpeas to make a quick and easy snack.
But, is it a snack, a lunch, a salad, a side dish or what?
Yes. It is all of those things. In fact, for people like me it can even be a breakfast. You see, no one else in my cute little family liked this recipe, (cilantro and onion aren’t their favorite, so it seems) but I just could not get enough, so it all kind of worked out in the end. 😉 One (1/2 cup) serving is just
3 WW SP, 0 WW SP so I managed to sneak it in as a breakfast, snack and lunch over the course of a few days.
Keeping it (super) simple!
Can we just talk for a minute about how easy it is to whip this chickpea salad together? There are really only two steps to this recipe.
- Rinse and drain the chickpeas
- Add the rest of the stuff
Of course, there is the step of chopping the vegetables, but all of this can be done in a matter of a few minutes.
Here is what you need:
2 (15 ounce) cans chickpea, drained and rinsed
1 small tomato, chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup reduced fat crumbled feta cheese
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon plain nonfat Greek Yogurt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-2 tablespoons cilantro
Here is what you do:
Drain and rinse the chickpeas and place in a medium bowl.
Toss in the rest of the ingredients until chickpeas are evenly coated and all of the ingredients are mixed well.
Serve immediately and refrigerate any leftovers.
Greek Chickpea Salad
- 2 (15 ounce) cans chickpea, drained and rinsed
- 1 small tomato, chopped
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup reduced fat crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon plain nonfat Greek Yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons cilantro
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas and place in a medium bowl.
- Toss in the rest of the ingredients until chickpeas are evenly coated and all of the ingredients are mixed well.
- Serve immediately and refrigerate any leftovers. I ate ours over the coarse of a few days and loved it every time.
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