Remember the curry chicken salad from your pre-veg days? That soggy, orange mess of mayonnaise and chicken from the deli counter? Well, this is much better.
This spicy, crunchy chickpea salad is absolutely delicious and great for dipping, in sandwiches, or bringing to parties. Chock full of veggies and protein, this has enough flavor and crunch to make your taste buds dance. I revamped my recipe from One Green Planet’s “Tangy Vegan Curried Chickpea Salad” (link here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/tangy-curried-chickpea-salad/ ) so to view the original, go check theirs out.
Now for the recipe!
Two 15 oz. cans of low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
About 1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped radish
⅓ cup chopped almonds
3-4 tbsp. Chipotle (or regular) Veganaise
3 tbsp. lemon juice, more or less to taste
3 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. turmeric
Few good pinches of paprika
Mash the chickpeas in a large mixing bowl. Leave some partly unmashed to add texture.
Add chopped celery, radishes and almonds to bowl (for less texture, dice your veggies finely). Add spices.
Add lemon juice, using more/less for tangier taste.
Stir in a couple tablespoons veganaise – I only used enough to keep my salad together (about 4 tbsp). Add more as needed.
Taste your yummy chickpea masterpiece and eat away all night long, my friends.
NOTES: Chipotle veganaise really brings a spicy smoky flavor to the salad. If you would like to achieve this with regular veganaise, just add some chipotle powder to your mix.
If you don’t have these veggies on hand, chopped carrots work great for a slightly sweeter salad.
Use your own cooked or sprouted chickpeas if you have them pre-made! This is more cost efficient & sprouted chickpeas up the protein content of your dish.
Use plain, unsweetened coconut yogurt for a veganaise alternative! Silken tofu is also a great option.
If you try this recipe, please tell me what you think! What’s your favorite dip, spread or salad that’s gotten a healthy veggie twist? I have a ‘refried’ bean dip to share with you next time….:-)
Happy Saturday friends!