Smooth yogurt infused with garlic and herbs, crisp toasted grape leaves, and a chunky blend of chickpea, cucumber, hot pepper, and scallion make this salad especially appealing.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place a large sieve over a bowl, and line it with four layers of cheesecloth. Place the yogurt in the cheesecloth, and tie cheesecloth closed with a rubber band or kitchen twine. Transfer bowl to refrigerator, and let yogurt drain 4 hours. Transfer the thickened yogurt to a bowl; stir in garlic and 1/2 cup chopped herbs. Set the herbed yogurt aside.

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  • Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, spray skillet with cooking spray. Place 4 grape leaves in the bottom of the skillet. Cook leaves until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Spray leaves with cooking spray, and turn them over; cook until crisp on other side, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining 4 grape leaves. Set the toasted leaves aside.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, remaining tablespoon herbs, and salt. Season the vinaigrette with black pepper.

  • Add the cucumbers, hot pepper, chickpeas, and scallions to the bowl with the vinaigrette; toss the salad to combine.

  • Divide cucumber-chickpea salad and herbed yogurt among 4 serving plates. Garnish with toasted grape leaves; serve.

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