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Spicy Chickpea Salad

chickpea salad

How about a non-recipe, all?  Something simple and yummy for lunch or a suuuuper easy supper?

Have you ever heard of chickpea salad before?  It’s the new thing, apparently.  Perhaps not JUST the new thing, but the COOL new thing.  And I am nothing if not cool.  I’m totally on trend with the young kids today and their hip slang and kale smoothies.  I’ve got a tamagotchi.  I’m listening to the Macarena.  I’m watching the Ronald Coleman movies.  Yeah, that’s me.  Hip.

But just this once I’m one of the cool kids, eating my chickpea salad.

Chickpea salad is a great alternative to chicken salad for non meat eaters, or for people like myself who eat a whole menagerie of odd things.  (How about I tell you about the time I ate half a cheesy tuna sandwich for supper with a waffle and syrup on the side?  On second thought…how about I don’t.  The hours after I ate that were dark times for my stomach.)  But this salad will not be dark times for you, believe me.  The texture of the mashed chickpeas mimics the feeling of something as substantial as chicken, but it’s a fakeout.  An illusion.  You are getting sleepy…

chickpea salad

I kind of like recipes like this that sneak in good-for-you ingredients like beans.  Have you ever tried the chocolate cream pie made with tofu?  That’s another one that is quite good if I say so myself.

This isn’t too spicy from the sriracha.  It just has a nice kick.  Feel free to experiment with flavors, especially with add-ins like the cheese and nuts.  If you don’t have the kinds I call for here, use your favorite.  It’s your lunch, after all.  I’m not going to manage your mealtime.  😛

This is great as a sandwich, on a wrap (I just got done eating it on a protein wrap and it was DElightful.), or gracefully plopped onto a bed of your favorite lettuce.  It’s a lunch you can really feel good about.

So good that maybe you deserve a cookie.

Happy noms!

chickpea salad

Spicy Chickpea Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup sliced red grapes
  • ¾ cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 2 tbsp. sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp. crumbled blue cheese
  • 3 tbsp. fat free Miracle whip or Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. sriracha
Instructions
  1. Mash the chickpeas in a bowl.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients with the chickpeas and stir until blended.
  3. Serve on bread or in a wrap.

 

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Sam @ SugarSpunRun June 15, 2015, 9:28 am

    I have NOT heard of chickpea salads, but this one looks so good I’m going to have to try it out! And I love how healthy it is!

    • Amanda June 15, 2015, 11:18 am

      Yeah, I was a little hesitant when I first heard of it, but now I’m hooked. . Enjoy!

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