BBQ Chickpea Chopped Salad with Avocado Ranch

Talk about a quick dinner! This comes together in no time, even the dressing! But, I have to say I didn’t love the dressing. But those BBQ chickpeas are something else! How can something so simple taste so good?? I would totally make this again and use another dressing. I thought the avocado ranch was just kind of bland. I would, though, add some sliced or diced avocado to this!

rating: 8.5

BBQ Chickpea Chopped Salad with Avocado Ranch
(http://www.thegardengrazer.com/)

Makes about 2-3 large salads

Ingredients:

15 oz. can chickpeas
2/3 cup BBQ sauce
1 large head romaine
1 cup corn (I thaw frozen corn)
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 cup shredded carrots
2-3 green onions (I omitted because I didn’t have any!)

{For the avocado ranch dressing}
1 avocado
1 cup almond or soy milk (plain, unsweetened)
3 Tbsp. lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1-2 cloves garlic (I use 2)
1/2 tsp. dried dill
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Salt to taste

Directions:
Make the dressing: in a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Rinse and drain chickpeas. In a saucepan over med-low heat, simmer chickpeas in BBQ sauce for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, chop the romaine, tomatoes, and green onion. Place in a bowl. Add corn and carrots. Toss to combine.
When ready to assemble, distribute the salad into bowls, toss with desired amount of dressing, and top with BBQ chickpeas.

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2 Responses to BBQ Chickpea Chopped Salad with Avocado Ranch

  1. This looks hearty and simple. Looking forward to following your blog!

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