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Chickpea & Avocado Salad

By now, you know how much I love avocados. So, I’m constantly trying new ways to use them as much as possible. The tricky thing is that they have a short lifespan once cut, making them slightly challenging to store. Avocados are easy to incorporate into many dishes – from sweet (in smoothies) to savory (added to tacos). This recipe combines the zesty flavors of lime, cilantro, and green onions with the creaminess of avocado (plus chickpeas for added protein.)

It’s super easy and quick to put together – and the lime juice helps prevent the avocado from turning brown too quickly. I’d recommend eating it within the same day (which isn’t difficult since it’s so tasty!) All you need is a ripe avocado, fresh cilantro, green onions, lime juice, and a can of chickpeas.

You could certainly substitute the chickpeas for another white bean if you don’t care for chickpeas. Or add diced jalapeños to kick up the heat! It’s so versatile, and can stand alone as a hearty lunch or paired with your protein of choice for a complete meal (think Southwest-spiced chicken, salmon, steak, or shrimp.)

I use cotija cheese, but you can use feta or any crumbly salty cheese (or omit altogether for a vegan option.) Pumpkin seeds add additional protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and give the salad a nice crunch. I love adding seeds or nuts to salads and sides, for a nice texture variation. Let me know what you think of this recipe!

Chickpea & Avocado Salad

Chickpea & Avocado Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This is a healthy lunch or side dish that takes just minutes to prepare!

Ingredients

  • 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and chopped
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. green onion
  • ⅓ cup cotija cheese (or feta, or omit if vegan)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds (or seed of choice)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine chickpeas, avocados, cilantro, green onion, cheese, lime juice, olive oil and pumpkin seeds in a medium bowl.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 554mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 14gSugar: 5gProtein: 12g

Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary per preparation.

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