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April 23, 2015

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Chick Pea Salad with Avocado and Apples

by Anne Paddock

Chick peas are chock full of protein ( 7 grams per half a cup of cooked peas) and although they can taste a bit bland on their own, a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkling of salt brings out the flavor of the beans. Add chunks of creamy avocado, crispy apple and celery pieces along with sweet red onion and dill, and a delicious chick pea salad emerges. For those who prefer a less sweet salad, leave out the apple pieces.

Super easy to make, Chick Pea Salad with Avocado and Apples can be scooped onto a bed of lettuce and served with fresh tomato slices with a sprinkle of chives on top or piled in between two pieces of whole grain toast with lettuce, tomato and sprouts for a delicious crunchy sandwich.Chickpea_Salad_with_Avocado_and_Apples

Chick Pea Salad with Avocado and Apples

  • 1 15-ounce can organic chick peas (or Garbanzo Beans), rinsed
  • 1 Haas Avocado, sliced and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 Pink Lady or Honey Crisp apple, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces, optional
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 slice of red onion, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dry dill (or 2 teaspoons fresh dill, chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Passion Fruit Chili Pepper* or the salt of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped chives, optional

*Passion Fruit Chili Pepper is made by the Salty Wahine Gourmet on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The spice contains natural Pacific sea salt, natural Hawaiian sea salt, chili pepper, pepper, annatto, natural likoi flavoring, and vinegar. To order (comes in a grinder or in bags to put in your grinder), go to the Salty Wahine website:  www.saltywahine.com. This salt and pepper spice blend livens up dishes with just a few grinds.

  1. Place the rinsed beans in a medium-sized bowl and mash them leaving a few beans whole
  2. Add the chopped avocado and apple pieces to the chick peas. Before stirring, pour the lemon juice over the avocado and apple pieces (this step will keep the avocado and apple pieces from discoloring). Stir to blend.
  3. Add the red onion and celery pieces and stir to blend.
  4. Sprinkle the dill and Passion Fruit Chili Pepper (or salt) over the salad while stirring to evenly distribute.
  5. Scoop the salad onto toasted bread or onto a bed of lettuce. Dust the top with chopped chives (optional).IMG_0571
2 Comments Post a comment
  1. S Gurnik
    Apr 29 2015

    This looks fantastic. Can’t wait to try. It looks so creamy – is it just from lemon juice and breakdown of some of the avocado?

  2. Apr 29 2015

    Yes, Susan….the salad is really fantastic. The avocado (as you blend the avocado and lemon juice with the beans, the salad will get creamy – the more you mash and blend, the creamier but I like some avocado chunks). Super easy and one of my staples!

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