This chipotle chickpea taco salad is packed with pepitas for crunch and tossed in a creamy avocado cucumber dressing. This easy vegan salad is filling and flavorful!
This healthy taco salad is an easy healthy lunch. It’s a great way to use up leftover avocado and to add your favorite salad greens!
For a shortcut, try using my chili lime flavored air fryer chickpeas for a quick salad topper!
- Cooked chickpeas
- Salad greens
- Red onion
- Pepitas (baby pumpkin seeds)
- Chipotle powder
- Salt & pepper
- Avocado oil
And true to my style, this recipe couldn’t be easier to make. The ingredient list is longer than usual but it comes together fast. The first step is to saute chickpeas in avocado or olive oil with chipotle powder, garlic, and salt.
You can also add a squeeze of lime if you think you’ll have some leftover from the avocado dressing. Once the chickpeas are ready, you can save them for later in the week or serve them up for a big salad to share.
Make the easy avocado dressing
To make the dressing, you’ll combine avocado, avocado oil, garlic, lime juice, and fresh cucumber to make a creamy dressing that will help balance out some of the heat from the chipotle powder.
You literally put all of those ingredients in a blender and puree. It will keep for about 3 days before it starts to brown a bit. I stretched it for about 4 days and it still looked and tasted just like the first day.
Once the dressing is done, you’re basically ready to assemble and eat.
Try my Crispy Avocado Fries for an easy appetizer!
I mentioned avocado oil a couple times in this recipe. It can be pricey and sometimes hard to find. If that’s the case, go ahead and use olive oil. It will work just fine.
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Here’s the recipe. It looks a little long but I promise it comes together in about 15 minutes and it’s worth the effort! Plus, you can always prep all of the ingredients and assemble later for salads throughout the week.
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Chipotle Chickpea Taco Salad
Chickpea Taco Salad
- 2 tablespoon avocado or other neutral oil
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas (1- 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon chipotle powder (more for a spicier flavor)
- salt to taste
- 1 5 ounce package mixed salad greens
- 1 medium cucumber, diced
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- ¼ small red onion, diced
- ¼ cup toasted pepitas (baby pumpkin seeds)
Avocado Cucumber Dressing
- 1 small avocado, peeled and pitted
- ¼ avocado oil
- ½ cup chopped cucumber
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 lime, juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and heat. Add the chickpeas and sauté until heated through (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic, chipotle powder, and salt and toss to combine.
- Assemble the salad with the greens, cucumber, tomato, and pepitas.
- Add the salad dressing ingredients to a high-speed blender. Puree until smooth. Drizzle over the salad and enjoy!