Warm Chickpea Salad with Creamy Avocado Tahini Dressing

Happy New Year readers! (Sorry, I’m a little behind here.)

It’s officially that time of year again where we all start making promises to ourselves that we quickly break. This year, to combat the disappointment of my failures, I just decided not to make any such promises. My officemate made a New Year’s resolution to eat a giant cookie every day. I must have subconsciously joined in on her goal, as I haven’t been able to stop eating buckets of sugar every day since Christmas. In an effort to “detox” a bit, I thought it was time to make something a little more nutrient rich.

This salad was inspired by a cafe near my work. I love their salads because in addition to being healthy, they’re also very filling, even for my often-hefty appetite. I was intrigued when I saw a “warm garbanzo bean” salad on their menu recently. I love Mediterranean salads and the chance to get in some protein-packed legumes. The first time I had the salad, it came out cold (I admit I liked it better warm, but both were still delicious). The second time, I forgot to ask for it sans croutons, which unfortunately resulted in a less-filling $13 salad when I ended up having to trash half its volume. I decided it was time to save a little money and start making my own. The cafe serves theirs with a lemony tahini dressing, and I like to add avocado. I wanted to combine the two and make an avocado dressing. I wasn’t too sure if it would work, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I hope you enjoy, and feel free to leave me blog love (i.e. notes… I’m becoming a little lonely in the blogosphere). But mostly, of course, I’d love to know if you ever try any recipes and if you like them (or don’t! I appreciate feedback… as I’ve said before, I’m definitely learning as I go!).

Warm Chickpea Salad with Creamy Avocado Tahini Dressing

Serves 5
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Allergy Fish, Milk, Peanuts, Shellfish, Soy, Wheat
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish
Misc Serve Cold, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 2 medium cucumbers, peeled and finely diced
  • 1.5-2 pints cherry tomatoes, chopped (really any tomato will work)
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 2-3 teaspoons fresh parsley, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • 2 15-ounce cans garbanzo beans
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs sliced (optional; leave out if vegan)

Note

This can be served warm or cold, though I prefer warm. You might keep the chickpeas separate from the rest of the salad and only use enough to serve. That way if you're keeping leftovers, you can just warm-up the chickpeas first and toss with the remaining ingredients.

Directions

Step 1
If using eggs, start to boil them as you prepare the salad.
Toss cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions into a bowl.
Mediterranean Salad cucumbers tomates red onions
Step 2
In a food processor, combine tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and avocado. Pulse. Next, add in water a little at a time until desired consistency is met (I used a little less than 1/4 cup). Pulse. Add more salt and ground pepper to taste. Stir.
Creamy Vegan Avocado Tahini Dressing
Step 3
Boil a pot of water and add chickpeas (drained). Blanch chickpeas for about 2 minutes. Strain and add to salad mix.
Mediterranean Salad with Creamy Avocado Tahini Dressing
Step 4
Top with eggs (if using), parsley, remaining avocado (if desired) and dressing. Stir well and serve.
Mediterranean Salad with Creamy Avocado Tahini Dressing

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