Chickpea Avocado Salad

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Chickpea Avocado Salad is tasty and easy chickpea salad recipe with tomato, cucumber, red onion, lemon or lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. | ifoodreal.com

This chickpea avocado salad is the best chickpea salad recipe I ever made – with tomato, avocado, cucumber and simple dressing consisting of olive oil, salt and freshly cracked pepper; with red onion slices big enough for kids to pick out and adults to enjoy. The salad is so hearty, it can be a main course for lunch, mixed with quinoa or pasta for dinner, or a potluck star.

This chickpea avocado salad recipe is similar to my other hearty salads recipes: Mango Black Bean Salad, Creamy Mexican Kale Salad or Mexican Bean Salad Recipe. It is super tasty and is based on traditional Ukrainian summer salad I grew up with, minus chickpeas. Natural juices from tomato and cucumber get released as soon as you add salt, so you don’t need much oil. You could also add any leafy greens like kale, Romaine lettuce, and spinach; and of course garlic. My aunt always added radishes too.

This salad is packed with plant-based protein, blood cleansing cilantro, vitamin C loaded tomatoes, heart healthy avocado and cancer fighting red onion. Enjoy and if you are into chickpeas, check out my whipped garlic hummus recipe that is unbelievably fluffy and creamy.

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Chickpea Avocado Salad is tasty and easy chickpea salad recipe with tomato, cucumber, red onion, lemon or lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. | ifoodreal.com

How to Make Chickpea Avocado Salad

Chickpea Avocado Salad is tasty and easy chickpea salad recipe with tomato, cucumber, red onion, lemon or lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. | ifoodreal.com

Chickpea Avocado Salad is tasty and easy chickpea salad recipe with tomato, cucumber, red onion, lemon or lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. | ifoodreal.com

Chickpea Avocado Salad is tasty and easy chickpea salad recipe with tomato, cucumber, red onion, lemon or lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. | ifoodreal.com

Start with chickpeas. I recommend to buy organic chickpeas in BPA free cans. They are not cheap or always available, thus a few years ago I learnt how to cook dried beans and this week I had to restock my freezer and decided to update this chickpea avocado salad’s photos (originally published in 2015). Cooking and freezing my own beans is one of the time investments, like making kombucha from scratch, I do for the sake of health and to save hundreds of $s.

Chickpea Avocado Salad is tasty and easy chickpea salad recipe with tomato, cucumber, red onion, lemon or lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. | ifoodreal.com

Chickpea Avocado Salad is tasty and easy chickpea salad recipe with tomato, cucumber, red onion, lemon or lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. | ifoodreal.com

This salad is perfect mid-summer when days are hot and garden is abundant. However, Costco is a great source of mini cucumbers, grape tomatoes and avocados (the best ones I ever tried!) all year round, often locally greenhouse grown => my Costco shopping list. No matter the size of vegetables, make sure to chop them into bite size pieces a bit larger chickpeas’ size for the maximum flavour in every bite.

Chickpea Avocado Salad is tasty and easy chickpea salad recipe with tomato, cucumber, red onion, lemon or lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. | ifoodreal.com Chickpea Avocado Salad is tasty and easy chickpea salad recipe with tomato, cucumber, red onion, lemon or lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. | ifoodreal.com

How to Peel and Dice Avocados

  1. Pick avocados with brown skin and slightly soft to the touch. Alternatively, you can buy green avocados and let them ripe on a counter (faster inside a fruit bowl). However, over ripen avocados create a mess of this chickpea salad, especially when mixed with finely chopped herbs.
  2. Using chef’s knife, cut avocado in half lengthwise. Hold half with a pit in one hand or place on a cutting board, gently tap sharp edge into the pit deep enough to twist the pit out, twist the knife and discard the pit.
  3. Cut avocado into desired width strips (depending on avocado’s size), peel the skin and dice.

Enjoy this tasty chickpea avocado salad recipe!

Chickpea Avocado Salad is tasty and easy chickpea salad recipe with tomato, cucumber, red onion, lemon or lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. | ifoodreal.com

Recipe

Chickpea Avocado Salad

Chickpea Avocado Salad

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 x 14 oz cans chickpeas, drained & rinsed*
  • 1.5 lbs cucumbers, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1.5 lbs tomatoes, cut into bite size pieces**
  • 3 medium ripe avocados, diced**
  • 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (dill or parsley), finely chopped
  • 1 large lime or lemon, juice of
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt*
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add all ingredients and gently stir to combine. Serve cold. You can make this salad up to 1 day ahead, if you add oil, salt and pepper immediately before serving. Just make sure to pour lemon/lime juice on avocados or dice avocados before serving.
  2. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in an airtight glass container for up to 24 hours.

Notes

*Because I cook my own beans => learn how to cook dried beans, I have to add more salt. The amount of salt will depend on sodium content of chickpeas you use, start with 1 tsp and add to taste. **Use medium ripeness avocados and tomatoes (not too mushy), so they hold their shape better once mixed. Also I recommend not to chop parsley or cilantro but rather tear the leaves off - salad looks less messy that way.

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14 comments on “Chickpea Avocado Salad

  1. This has to be the best salad creation I have ever had. In addition, its a great way to get rid of the things that spoiling in the refrigerator. I have made this recipe multiple times and its always a hit! I cant thank you enough for turning my life around and making me realize that healthy could also be delicious!

    1. You are welcome! That is how we cook – use up what you have and anything goes in this salad. A bit of oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper will make any salad delicious. My staple “dressing” LOL

      1. So if I am making this salad a day ahead of time do I add the oil and salt before I store it for the night or right before I eat it.

  2. I know you said wait to add salt, pepper and lemon juice until just before serving if I make this a day early but can I at least add the lemon juice to keep the avocados from turning brown? Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Do you have the nutrition info posted regarding this recipe? I have seen it at the bottom on some of your others, but I can’t find it for the Chickpea Avocado Salad. Thanks!

      1. I wish you’d post the nutritional facts about recipes. I hesitate to try them without those as I watch both my fat and carb intake.

        1. I stopped counting calories because they don’t mater if you eat healthy and real food. I have struggled so many years calculating and overthinking food which led me to a very unhappy place. I do not post calories to lead by example and to encourage mindful intuitive and healthy eating which should not lead to any overweight issues. I proved it myself once I stopped counting and am much happier person now. My mission is to make more women happy because so many of them are suffering and struggling. So no calories.:) I hope you try this delicious salad, it’s so good and healthy you can eat until you get sick of it and nothing will happen to your fat deposits, trust me.

  4. Perfect response – we need to learn, at least myself I had to do this, how to just eat real food and trust that our bodies will get what they need. Go to Europe, most people will not even think about what kind of nutrition they need and how to calculate the food. They eat a steak because it tastes delicious, not to get a certain amount of protein. Since I stopped being aware of nutrition/calories, weight has gone done to my surprise. I recommend watching “In the defence of food” on netflix. Thank you Olena for being so clear. You are one of the leaders of this movement.

    1. I have fallen a victim of the North American way to analyze our diets “under the microscope” and it has done nothing but bad things to my self esteem and life. So I will propagande against any type of diet for now. Thank you for sharing your voice!!!

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