Although not the most creative solution, any time I am trying to make a vegetarian version of a favorite salad or burger, I almost always reach for chickpeas first. This is partly due to the fact that they rank up there as my favorite legume but also has a lot to do with the fact that they hold up really well and adapt to almost any flavor combination I throw at them. This recipe is a vegetarian spin on blackened chicken salad and works well in sandwices, wraps, and salads. One of my favorite ways to eat it is on a bed of greens with some sliced avocado. The spicy salad and creamy avocado are delicious together. This will keep for a few days in the fridge so plan on leftovers.
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Blackened Chickpea Salad
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- 2 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 4 tbsp. nonfat plain yogurt (or low fat mayonnaise)
- 4 tbsp. low fat sour cream
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup green onions, minced
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (or more)
Roughly mash the chickpeas using a fork. They should still be chunky.
Mix together the yogurt, sour cream, lemon and all the spices.
Add to the chickpeas. Fold in the carrots and green onions. Taste and season with salt, pepper, or cayenne.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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