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"Delicious and Nutritious: How to Make the Perfect Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with Avocado"

Chopped Chickpea Salad with Avocado is a fresh and nutritious dish known for being hearty and flavorful. Here's a straightforward recipe with tips and tricks to ensure you get the best out of your salad.


Chopped Chickpea Salad with Avocado Recipe


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  • Dish name: Chopped Chickpea Salad with Avocado

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean-Inspired

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes

  • Cooking time: None

  • Yield: 4 servings


Ingredients:


  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1 large ripe avocado, cubed

  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and chopped

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

  • 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved (optional)


Instructions:


  1. In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, avocado, red onion, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, parsley, and cilantro.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon or lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Be careful not to mash the avocado.

  4. If using, sprinkle feta cheese and olives over the salad and toss lightly.

  5. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

  6. Serve immediately or chill before serving to let flavors meld.


Tips and Tricks:


  • Fresh Chickpeas: For a fresher taste and better texture, you can cook dried chickpeas instead of using canned.

  • Avocado Handling: Dice the avocado right before adding it to the salad to prevent browning. Using lemon or lime juice in the dressing will also help keep the avocado green.

  • Texture Variation: Adding crunchy elements like cucumber and red onion creates a contrasting texture next to the creamy chickpeas and avocado.

  • Herb Choices: Fresh herbs are key to flavor; you can experiment with different types according to your preference (e.g., mint or basil).

  • Dress Lightly: To keep the salad light and ensure the ingredients stay intact, use the dressing sparingly and add more as needed.

  • Prep Ahead: If preparing ahead of time, add the avocado and dressing right before serving to maintain freshness and prevent sogginess.

  • Customization: Feel free to add more vegetables or proteins such as grilled chicken to make the salad even more substantial.




This Chopped Chickpea Salad with Avocado is perfect for a quick lunch, picnic, or as a healthy addition to your dinner menu. Enjoy the combination of simple ingredients coming together to create a satisfying meal.

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