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Roasted Corn & Tomato Summer Salad with Lemon- Basil Yogurt Dressing

Last week, I received an enormous box full of Greek yogurt from the sweet ladies over at Chobani so that I could do some experimenting in the kitchen.

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Not only do I love eating Greek yogurt on it’s own (so does Coco!), but I’m always looking for ways to incorporate it into a new recipe.

As you can imagine, we (Coco and myself) were pretty stoked when the package arrived.

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After I unloaded the six huge containers, I realized I better get to cookin’ soon if I plan to have room for anything else in my refrigerator in the near future!

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Later that night, as I lay in bed dreaming up all of the tasty things I could create with the yogurt, a bright and summery salad came to my mind.

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I imagined the slightly sweet aroma of slow roasted tomatoes and corn paired with buttery avocado on top of a bed of crisp romaine and baby spinach.

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Then I dreamt of how good that would taste smothered in a creamy yogurt dressing, bursting with the flavors of fresh basil and tart lemon juice.

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Yep, I may have started drooling on my pillow at that point.

For protein, I added roasted chickpeas and hard-boiled egg, which Brandon and I both loved, but feel free to throw in or leave out whatever you like. Except the roasted tomatoes and corn…and the lemon-basil dressing, those are necessities here, trust me.

 

Roasted Corn & Tomato Summer Salad with Lemon-Basil Yogurt Dressing

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  • 3 cups romaine, chopped
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1.5 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup sweet corn, fresh or frozen and defrosted
  • 1/2 red onion (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 eggs, hard-boiled

Lemon Basil Yogurt Dressing

  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) low-fat Chobani yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice (approximately juice of two lemons)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

Makes 2 large salads

Preheat oven to 400°F then heat one tablespoon olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Sauté red onion for several minutes and then remove from heat. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, and corn along with another tablespoon of olive oil and salt & pepper. Mix well then spread vegetables onto a roasting pan or dish and set aside.

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In the same large bowl, combine the rinsed garbanzo beans with one tablespoon olive oil, one teaspoon lemon juice, garlic powder and dried basil. Mix until beans are well coated in the oil and spread onto a second roasting pan.

Place the vegetables and the garbanzo beans in the preheated oven and allow to roast for 20 minutes. *If you prefer your chickpeas extra crunchy, you can roast them for another 10-15 minutes.

While veggies and beans are roasting, prepare the dressing by combining the all of the ingredients listed into a food processor and blend for about a minute or until a liquid texture has formed.

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Place the chopped romaine and baby spinach onto two separate plates and top with diced avocado and hard-boiled egg.

Remove veggies and beans from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before dividing on top of each salad.

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Drizzle the Lemon-Basil yogurt dressing on top and serve!

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I loved everything about this salad and will definitely be making it again this summer!

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Well friends, relaxing on the couch last night with a glass of vino and The Bachelorette was glorious. Even though it’s such a ridiculous show, it gives me something to look forward to on Monday evenings.

Ben is still annoying. Seriously, that black spaghetti strap tank top with those neon pink shorts? Ugh, he’s such a douche. And the guy who keeps crying and told her he was in love already? Whoa…calm down buddy.

Okay, I’m done with my Bachelorette rant. See you tomorrow with chocolate…mwuahaha!

 

What are your favorite things to put on a salad for summertime?

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  • Suzanne @ Mixing It Up June 11, 2013, 4:11 am

    That has to be the perfect Summer salad!! I am putting it on the menu for this weekend!

    Have you ever done a post on a typical day of meals in your life? I am always looking for ideas and inspiration for more vegetarian ideas!!

    • Sarah June 11, 2013, 8:52 am

      Thanks Suzanne, I hope you like it! And no, I’ve never done a post like that because I think I might bore people to death, haha. Maybe I’ll try it sometime though, thanks for the suggestion! :)

  • Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life June 11, 2013, 4:51 am

    I love this idea girl! So creative (and tasty)! Plus, as always, your pictures are absolutely gorgeous and make me hungry just thinking about that salad!

    Quick question, what kind of camera do you use for all of these yummy tutorials?!

    • Sarah June 11, 2013, 8:57 am

      Thank you, Jana! I use a Canon Rebel T3i with the (fantastic plastic) 50 mm, 1.8 lens. My camera and the lens are both lower end models but they do pretty well as long as I have good light. That’s the one thing I’ve learned over the past several months is how important good, natural lighting is! I still have a lot more to learn though. :)

  • Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness June 11, 2013, 5:02 am

    That salad look SO delicious!! I love that yogurt dressing idea. And as always, you take the most amazing food pictures, like, they look professional. I need to start watching bachelorette!

    • Sarah June 11, 2013, 8:58 am

      I am far from a professional but thank you! And yes, you need to start watching the Bachelorette. It is so much fun to talk trash about them all! :)

  • Dana June 11, 2013, 5:15 am

    This salad looks incredible! I love all aspects of it! It would be devoured in 10 seconds; no joke. YUM!
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    • Sarah June 11, 2013, 8:59 am

      Wow, I eat fast but 10 seconds would probably beat a record! :)

  • Ashlee@HisnHers June 11, 2013, 5:24 am

    That looks delicious! It really is the perfect summer salad. And I bet that dressing would be good on anything!

  • Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme June 11, 2013, 7:43 am

    This salad recipe is printed and I can’t wait to make it. Roasted corn is my favorite summer treat!

    How cute is Coco with the Chobani box – adorable!

  • Chobani June 11, 2013, 9:19 am

    This looks WONDERFUL, Sarah! Once the weather warms up, all we want to eat are giant salads. And ice cream, of course. ;) Pinning as we speak!

    Amy, @Chobani

    • Sarah June 11, 2013, 9:57 am

      Thank you, Amy! Chobani makes a delicious dressing! And a chocolate vanilla swirl ice cream cone is my favorite summer treat! :)

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine June 11, 2013, 9:22 am

    I still don’t really have a favorite. All I know is that Ben needs to go and go immediately. He isn’t that attractive and is a complete a-hole to the other men. Gross.

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl June 11, 2013, 9:27 am

    Now this is a beautiful and colorful salad! :) The dressing sounds amazing, too! Seriously, how amazing and versatile is Greek yogurt?? I swear you can add it to pretty much everything!
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  • Tracey @ Cooking with Love June 11, 2013, 12:34 pm

    First of all….. Sarah!! This salad looks so delicious. Can not wait to try it! Second, I watch the Bachelorette too and totally agree about those two goof balls! Monday night entertainment for sure along with my fave The Housewives of Orange County!

    • Sarah June 11, 2013, 12:52 pm

      Oh, Tracey. Why do we love to watch such horrible garbage? Those housewives are nuts but I love watching them! :)

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 11, 2013, 12:42 pm

    That yogurt dressing is to die for!
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    • Sarah June 11, 2013, 1:39 pm

      Thanks Chung-Ah! You can’t go wrong with fresh basil in anything…okay, almost anything. :)

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes June 11, 2013, 2:13 pm

    What a great salad for summer! I love that you used the yogurt to make dressing. I love Chobani :)
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  • Melanie @ BeautifullyNutty June 11, 2013, 6:30 pm

    Wow this salad looks amazing!! I love corn on my salads, especially when I can get fresh local corn!
    I’m not sure if I have a favorite yet but there are some serious babes in the mix who seem to be in it “for all the right reasons…” ;)
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  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats June 11, 2013, 11:13 pm

    I couldn’t read the last part of your post as I’m about to watch the current Bachelorette episode tonight and couldn’t risk spoilers :)

    I wish I could get a big shipment of Chobani sent to me that is so cool. Love the idea of the yoghurt dressing :)
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    • Sarah June 12, 2013, 8:50 am

      I actually didn’t reveal anything, I just talked a bunch of crap about them! I’ll be sure not give away anything or warn you if I do. :)

  • Peggy June 12, 2013, 9:38 am

    This is definitely my kind of salad!

  • colleen June 12, 2013, 9:29 pm

    I just tried this tonight and it was AMAZING!!!!! Do you by chance know the nutritional facts?

    • Sarah June 12, 2013, 9:59 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I didn’t take the time to figure out the nutrition facts(maybe I should start?) but you can do this by plugging the ingredients into a nutrition facts website. Really though, all of the ingredients are healthy enough that you probably don’t even need to worry about it. Thank you for the feedback! :)

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition June 14, 2013, 3:53 pm

    This is seriously THE perfect summer salad! Feelin mighty lucky to live in California right now with all our readily available fresh produce ;)
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  • Noura June 27, 2013, 11:10 am

    What would happen if I roasted the Garbanzo beans with the rest of the veggies?

    Looks amazing, making it tonight!!!

    • Sarah June 27, 2013, 11:14 am

      You know, I can’t think of why I separated them in the first place. I guess some people like their roasted chickpeas crunchy and then you would have to cook them longer than the veggies. But if you don’t mind them being a little softer, then just throw them all in together! I hope you love it! :)

      • Noura June 27, 2013, 11:18 am

        Thanks so much for the quick reply! Can’t wait to make it!!

  • Sarah July 18, 2013, 10:23 am

    Sarah, I just made this last night and it was honestly one of the best salads I have ever eaten. We were out of basil but had cilantro on hand, so I created a cilantro lemon yogurt dressing which I highly recommend! Thanks for sharing such a simple but delicious recipe. This will definitely be on weeknight dinner rotation for the rest of the summer!

    • Sarah July 18, 2013, 10:41 am

      Thank you for letting me know you liked it, Sarah! I bet it was really good with cilantro, I’ll have to try that sometime too!

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