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Easy Recipe for an Avocado Chickpea Salad

An Avocado Chickpea Salad is refreshing, zesty, and incredibly tasty. It makes the perfect side or a quick lunch. If you try it, it might be one of your favorite recipes!

Chickpea avocado salad in a blue striped bowl with parsley sprinkled throughout, and a spoon on the side.

Salads get a bad rep. For years, they’ve been known to serve a purpose that only aids in losing weight. And while most salads are quite healthy, many are also ridiculously delicious.

This avocado chickpea salad is just that. There are so many more healthy salad recipes out there that not only provide nutrition, but also taste amazing.

Let’s talk about this recipe:

It’s nutritious and yummy.

The salad bowl is wholly fulfilling and refreshing.

This avocado salad provides 2 servings of fruit and 1.5 servings of vegetables and will satisfy your taste buds. These fresh ingredients make this great recipe one to remember. I love to enjoy this healthy Mediterranean chickpea salad with a good side dish that’s high protein. They make a great addition to any meal.

You’ll get a little crunch with the red pepper, some creamy avocados, and the fresh flavors of lemon and garlic. The simple ingredients here just don’t compare. You’ll love this heart healthy recipe!

You catch my drift, don’t you? A salad like this is the perfect 2-birds-with-1-stone dish. This chickpea salad recipe is both incredibly healthy and incredibly delicious.

You don’t only have to eat salad with leafy greens to be healthy. This salad can be a perfect side to any main dish without eating only greens every day. It’s a great option to have as a lunch, too!

Avocado and chickpea salad in a bowl with a lemon wedge.

Ingredient wise, we have a good collection in this easy salad.

The ingredients in this salad come together beautifully. It’s as though they were made to pair perfectly only in this recipe.

And every ingredient serves a purpose.

The avocado provides fiber. If you’re feeling exceptionally satisfied after having a bowl of this, it’s probably because of the avocado. It also gives you a good amount of healthy fat. Thank you, you beautiful, velvety smooth fruit.

You’ll need a can of chickpeas to give out a good amount of fiber. Unlike avocados, chickpeas are a low-calorie food. You can bulk up your salad without worrying about the numbers.

The red bell pepper adds a mildly sweet flavor and a beautifully crisp texture to this good recipe. It really is the perfect addition.

Tomatoes, lemon, and parsley add an incredible amount of freshness to this recipe.

So if you’re someone who isn’t a fan of traditional salads, give this one a try. It’ll surprise you.

Key Ingredients:

avocado chickpea salad ingredients- salt, pepper, avocado, red pepper, garlic, lemon, tomato, garbanzo beans, and parsley.

Red peppers are rich in vitamin C and support your immune system.

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans can help to lower cholesterol and enjoying it is a great way to support digestion.

Garlic fights inflammation and supports cardiac health.

Lemon adds bright, punchy citrus flavors to this delicious lunch. It also can help to lower cholesterol.

Fresh parsley or cilantro make up the fresh herbs. They add vitamin K.

Salt and black pepper will spice up this recipe. You can use a little bit, or more to taste.

Ripe avocado is rich in fiber and adds creaminess to this delicious salad.

Plum tomato is rich in calcium, supporting bone health.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make an Avocado Chickpea Salad

Step 1: Chop red pepper

Chop red pepper. Add to a medium sized bowl.

Chopped red peppers in a glass bowl.

Step 2: Add chickpeas

Add to the bowl cooked chickpeas. If you have the time to soak and cook fresh chickpeas, they are so much better.

Chickpeas atop chopped red peppers in a glass bowl.

Step 3: Chop avocado

Chop avocado coarsely. Add to the chickpeas and red pepper.

Chopped avocado and chickpeas in a bowl atop red peppers.

Step 4: Add the rest of the ingredients

Add minced garlic, chopped tomato, and lemon juice.

Avocado, chickpeas, minced garlic, parsley, and red pepper in a glass bowl with a lemon wedge on the side.

Steps 5 & 6: Mix and season

Mix well together.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Mixed chickpea avocado salad in a glass bowl with salt and pepper on the side.

Step 7: Serve

Serve salad right away with fresh parsley. Avocado can’t stand for too long after it has been opened.

Avocado and chickpea salad in a bowl with a lemon wedge.

Expert Tips:

  • Top this quick and easy salad with pickled red onion for a classy and light touch of flavor.
  • Add some crunch to this delicious salad by making roasted chickpeas. It makes a great way to serve this plant based protein.
  • Taste as you go and adjust the lemon, salt, and pepper according to your preferences.
  • A drizzle of high-quality extra virgin olive oil just before serving can add a layer of richness to the salad.
  • Make a large bowl of this gluten free salad to serve at a BBQ or a family cookout. Feel free to top with feta cheese for an extra salty touch!
  • You can use this salad in weekly meal prep by adding in the avocado day by day. This way, it won’t brown by the end of the week.

Recipe FAQs:

Is it necessary to cook the chickpeas or can I use them straight from the can?

While canned chickpeas are pre-cooked, giving them a quick rinse under cold water can enhance their flavor and texture.

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

It’s best to assemble the salad just before serving to maintain the freshness and texture of the ingredients.

How do I keep the avocado from turning brown?

Adding lemon or lime juice to the avocado helps prevent browning. Also, store any leftover salad with plastic wrap directly on the surface to minimize exposure to air.

Avocado and chickpea salad in a bowl with a lemon wedge.

Looking for more avocado recipes? Here are some family favorites:

Other chickpea recipes

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Chickpea avocado salad in a blue striped bowl with parsley sprinkled throughout, and a spoon on the side.

Easy Recipe for an Avocado Chickpea Salad

A complete salad that can be enjoyed on its own or with a side of protein.
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings7
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Equipment

Ingredients

  • ½ large red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups chickpeas
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, or cilantro, chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 large avocado, chopped
  • 1 plum tomato, chopped

Instructions

  • Chop red pepper. Add to a medium sized bowl.
    ½ large red pepper,
    Chopped red peppers in a glass bowl.
  • Add to the bowl cooked chickpeas. If you have the time to soak and cook fresh chickpeas, they are so much better.
    2 cups chickpeas
    Chickpeas atop chopped red peppers in a glass bowl.
  • Chop avocado coarsely. Add to the chickpeas and red pepper.
    1 large avocado,
    Chopped avocado and chickpeas in a bowl atop red peppers.
  • Add minced garlic, chopped tomato, and lemon juice.
    1 clove garlic,, 1 plum tomato,, 1 lemon,
    Avocado, chickpeas, minced garlic, parsley, and red pepper in a glass bowl with a lemon wedge on the side.
  • Mix well together.
    Mixed chickpea avocado salad ingredients in a glass bowl.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
    salt,, pepper,
    Mixed chickpea avocado salad in a glass bowl with salt and pepper on the side.
  • Serve salad right away with fresh parsley. Avocado can’t stand for too long after it has been opened.
    1 handful fresh parsley,

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg
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