Hey guys! Now that it’s summer, no one wants to heat up the house cooking, right? I mean, I’ve been known to cook in the summer A LOT, but it does make me feel good inside when I prepare a meal that doesn’t add any heat to the house. We already have plenty of heat coming in on its own! That’s where this Chickpea Salad comes in. You could use it in sandwiches, wraps, salads, or just eat it by itself – and there is no cooking required!
It has a lot of the elements of a chicken or tuna salad, but it’s vegetarian – Meatless Monday anyone? The mayonnaise holds it together and makes it creamy, which is something I love in a cold sandwich. It has a pop of brightness from the mustard that gives it that intriguing background flavor that makes you want to take another bite.
Since it uses powdered spices instead of fresh, you get evenly incorporated flavors throughout the whole dish. No chance of biting into a big piece of raw onion or garlic here! Not to mention the fact that there is no chopping or prep work – just one food processor to clean and you’re done! How great is that?
This Chickpea Salad whips up in just a couple of minutes if you’re hungry now, or if you make it ahead of time the flavors will blend together and be a bit more cohesive. Either way, it’s definitely a dish worth making! It’s super cheap, easy to make, and absolutely delicious, so I like to serve it when we have a house full of visitors. Seriously, it’s the ultimate hostess-friendly dish.
I like to serve this Chickpea Salad in sandwich form with lettuce and maybe some extra mayo, depending on how keen on calories I am that day. The mayo is the “villain” in this otherwise healthy dish, so that’s really what you want to pay attention to if you’re trying to make smart choices. A quick substitution of vegenaise for the mayonnaise and this quickly becomes a vegan-friendly dish, so feel free to have everyone over to try some! I hope this becomes a staple at your home like it is at mine. Enjoy!
- 1 15.5 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed - reserve drained liquid
- 2 tablespoons drained chickpea liquid
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon yellow mustard
- ¼ (heaping) teaspoon dill paste - I find this in the refrigerated produce section of the grocery store, but you could easily substitute fresh dill.
- ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients into a food processor.
- Blend until mostly smooth, but still a little chunky.
Adapted from Clean Green Simple.