Monday, April 7, 2014

Chickpea Avocado Salad with Lime and Chilli Dressing

Yum

This is one of our favourite chickpea salads.  We love to crumble pita chips or crackers on top for nice little crunch.  I saw this recipe on Kalyn's Kitchen but made a few changes.  I left out the tomato.  It adds great colour but I preferred to leave it out.  I also left out the green onion since I usually don't have any and I wanted to reduce the chopping.   For Kalyn's recipe the avocado is optional but for me it's a must.  I love the creamy texture it adds.

Chickpea Avocado Salad with Lime and Chilli Dressing
Adapted from Kalyn's Kitchen

1 tin chickpeas (19 oz), drained and rinsed
1 avocado, diced
handful of coriander, chopped 
2 tbsp fresh lime juice (plus 2 tsp for the avocado)
zest of one lime (I often skip this when I'm in a rush)
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (I've also used regular olive oil)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, mix together 2 tbsp lime juice, lime zest, oil, chilli powder, onion powder and ground cumin.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add the chickpeas and coriander.  Mix well.

In a small bowl add the chopped avocado.  Toss with 2 tsp lime juice and season with salt and pepper.  Add the avocado to the chickpeas and gently mix.  

This tastes best if you let it sit for about an hour but it can be eaten right away.

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11 comments:

  1. simple flavourful salad with or without avacado is good for me.

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  2. Yummy combination i haven't had like this

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  3. I love this picture! Looks great mA!
    I can tell that you have a thing for avocado :) I love it too, but I have such an issue with it when it goes brown! It drives me cray-cray! Oh and I also love that you crumble pita chips or crackers on top too- totally doing that next time!

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    1. Thanks Henna!

      Anything with avocado doesn't last long here :) but if you toss the avocado with lemon or lime juice it stops it from going brown.

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  4. This looks like a perfect simple side dish for summer grilling season. I too would definitely consider the avocado a necessity!

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  5. Yum! This looks very simple and flavourful. I might top a kale salad with this or just eat it as is. And gorgeous photo, by the way!

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  6. I'm in love with chickpeas lately and I can't live without avocado's so this must be a perfect recipe for me. Going to try it out soon!

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  7. Sounds delicious! What a great light side dish for spring :)

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  8. This sounds delicious and flavorful. Great for summer. First time on your blog and off to check out more of your posts.

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  9. This looks delicious with the avocado and chickpeas! I have a very similar dressing I make (Mexican Tahini Sauce), only real difference is I use tahini instead of oil and I dip it in with Mexican spiced sweet potatoes. This is a wonderful recipe! Found you from Cindy's blog :)

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