Sonoma Chickpea Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (14 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed or 3 cups cooked
  • 1 1/2 cups of grapes (about 33), sliced in half
  • 2 – 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped

Creamy Poppy-Seed Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons tahini (1/4 cup) or vegan mayo
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • dash or two of garlic & onion powder
  • pinch of salt & fresh cracked pepper

to serve, optional

  • salad greens of choice
  • slices of your favorite plant-based bread
  • chopped chives, to garnish (not shown)

Dressing: Place ingredients in a small bowl and mix to combine. Add a tablespoon or two of water as needed to thin. Set aside.

Salad: Add chickpeas, grapes, pecans, and celery to a medium-sized mixing/serving bowl. Top with dressing and mix to coat. Season with mineral salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Mashed Salad (perfect for sandwiches): Add chickpeas to a medium-sized mixing bowl, roughly mash 1/2 of the chickpeas using the back of a fork or spoon. Add in the grapes, pecans, and celery, top with dressing and mix to combine. Season with mineral salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Make sandwiches, wraps, or simply serve with leafy greens.

Serves 4 – 6

 

Notes:

Store leftovers, if any, in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

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