Cholula Spiced Chickpea Salad

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I love tuna salad.  LOVE it.  Probably one of my all time favorite sandwich fillings.  In college, I’d go to our cafeteria place (and for the life of me, I can’t remember the name of that dining hall!  I’m getting old…) and order a small tuna sub on whole wheat bread.  A small bag of chips, diet soda…I’d be set for lunch!  Not the healthiest lunch.  But not bad considering all the other options available.  Aka the frozen yogurt bar!

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vegetarian tuna salad, chickpea salad, vegetarian lunch, vegetarian recipes, chickpeas Occasionally today I’ll still go for that classic tuna salad.  So good.  But being a true vegetarian doesn’t really include tuna salad.  Or tuna in any form.  Ya know…if we’re being technical here.  So I wanted to come up with alternative sandwich filling.  Something good!  I’ve seen some interesting tuna salad alternatives – ones made out of chopped nuts or tofu.  But eh, they didn’t strike me as super delicious.

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vegetarian tuna salad, chickpea salad, vegetarian lunch, vegetarian recipes, chickpeas A chickpea salad on the other hand, now that does sound delicious!  Especially with copious amounts of cholula hot sauce added to it.  Because cholula hot sauce is now my all time favorite condiment.  Best thing ever.  I put that S**T on everything.  Seriously, I do!  Not too hot.  Has a nice vinegar-y flavor.  Pretty much makes everything taste significantly better.  Yup, cholula is awesome and I’m officially obsessed.

But back to the featured recipe here guys, Chickpea Salad.  You can use any type of bean you want.  I really enjoy the texture and flavor chickpeas have.  But white beans or black beans would work well too.  I added in a bunch of my typical “tuna salad additions” like carrots, onions and a heaping tablespoon of Dijon mustard.  But you can spice it up however you want!  They key though, is to mash the beans just slightly.  Their starchiness makes for a great sticky texture and doesn’t have you chasing stray chickpeas all over your plate.

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vegetarian tuna salad, chickpea salad, vegetarian lunch, vegetarian recipes, chickpeas I wrapped up this delicious Chickpea Salad in some lettuce wraps – total mess, but totally delicious.  It was equally tasty in a whole wheat flatbread and stuffed inside a nice warm pita.  Either way, I’ll be making this again!

Cholula Spiced Chickpea Salad:
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained if canned
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 medium yellow tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp mayo
  • 3 oz plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp cholulua (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place chickpeas in a large mixing bowl.  Mash slightly with the back of a fork or spoon – leave some whole for texture.
  2. Add in all other ingredients.  Mix to combine thoroughly.
  3. Taste and adjust for seasonings.  I did not add extra salt – I found the capers provided enough salt for this salad.
  4. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.  Serve cold in a whole wheat tortilla or pita bread!

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