Avocado Lime Roasted Chickpea Salad has veggies, spice, and everything nice. A salad you'll return to all summer long.
I was intrigued by all of the roasted chickpea recipes I was noticing popping up across Pinterest boards. Everyone seemed to be raving about the deliciousness of this trend, and the photos sure looked tasty. So I decided to give roasted chickpea salad a try, and my first experiment had an avocado-lime spicy southwestern flair.
My husband and I both took one bite and agreed: it was a definite winner.
First, the warm roasted chickpeas - coated with an easy homemade southwestern blend of spices – are addictive. They’re crisp on the outside from roasting, with that buttery rich chickpea flavor on the inside, and packed with smoky, savory flavor.
The toughest challenge with this recipe: keeping every last one of the warm-from-oven roasted chickpeas from “mysteriously disappearing” before they reach the table!
Next step: assemble your fresh southwestern salad ingredients.
Here are some important key ingredients I’ve discovered for maximum fresh flavor:
- sweet corn kernels add a hint of sweetness
- green onions or scallions add the lightest, most delicate onion flavor
- cilantro is perfect for adding tons of freshness
In addition, as a yummy contrast to the smoky, savory chickpeas, try adding a really easy homemade avocado lime dressing to the salad. Just add an avocado, along with some freshly squeezed lime juice, to a food processor or blender. Add a bit of salt and pepper for flavor, along with some agave nectar to balance out the acidity from the lime, and puree until you end up with a thick, smooth avocado cream. It’s really thick, but as you stir it up and toss it around with the salad, it melts right into the other ingredients.
The last oh-so-critical step: adding a delicious crunch to the salad! Homemade corn tortilla chips are quick and easy to prepare (they take only about 10 minutes to crisp in the oven, while you’re preparing the other salad ingredients.) Just one word of warning, they’re equally as addicting as the roasted chickpeas!
This vegan dinner is so fresh and so filled with super nutritious ingredients. But what you’ll really love is that it’s bursting with such a variety of savory, smoky, sweet, crisp, fresh, creamy, and crunchy flavors!
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