This delicious creamy chickpea salad is a great vegetarian option when you are craving chicken salad!!! It's perfect with whole grain bread or wrap and also as a salad topping on a bed of your favorite greens. Try one of the flavor variations to spice it up a bit!!!
Place the chickpeas in a bowl and gently mash with a fork. The mixture doesn’t need to be completely smooth so just mash until it is a consistency you desire. I like mine with a little bit of pieces still intact.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition information doesn't include the food items added in the below variations or in the bread or wrap you add.Keep it traditional or try one of these variations!!Green Apple and Cranberry Dice up one granny smith apple into small pieces. Add apple and 2 T dried cranberries to the salad.Mango Chili Lime Replace lemon juice in recipe with lime juice. Dice up ½ cup mango. Add mango, ½ tsp aji panco chili powder to the salad. Southwest Replace lemon juice in recipe with lime juice. Add ½ cooked corn, ¼ cup diced bell pepper, 2 T minced cilantro, ¼ tsp chipotle chili powder*. If you don’t have chipotle chili powder, you can substitute with smoked paprika and a dash of cayenne.Mediterranean Add 1 tsp oregano, ¼ cup feta cheese and 2 T diced Kalamata olivesRoasted Veggie Slice up zucchini, onion and eggplant into ¼ slices, brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top off the basic chickpea salad sandwich or wrap with roasted vegetables.Buffalo Mix in 1 T Buffalo sauce, ¼ cup finely diced celery. Sprinkle blue cheese crumbles on top.Pomegranate and Spinach Add in 1 cup julienned spinach strips and ¼ cup of pomegranate seeds.Caesar Mix in 2 cups finely chopped romaine lettuce into classic chickpea salad and sprinkle top with parmesan cheese.