Chipotle Chickpea Taco Salad
with Avocado Cucumber Dressing

 

 

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!

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Chipotle Chickpea Taco Salad with tortilla overhead

I’ve been teasing this vegan chickpea taco salad for a few weeks now. I’m happy to finally get it up on the blog. I was compelled to get it posted before fall rolls in tomorrow as I will be going all in with fall foods from here until.. well winter. 🙂

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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.Chipotle Chickpeas Close Up in white bowl

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.

Avocado Cucumber Salad dressing on a spoon over salad

Once the dressing is done, you’re basically ready to assemble and eat.

Dressed salad in a bowl with avocado dressing in the background

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. Go ahead and PIN it for later and tag me on Instagram to let me know when you make this easy chickpea taco salad!

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Chipotle Chickpea Taco Salad with tortilla overhead
Chipotle Chickpea Taco Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

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!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Taco Salad
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 350 kcal
Author: Marisa Moore, RDN
Ingredients
Chickpea Taco Salad
  • 2 tbsp avocado or other neutral oil
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (1- 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp 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
Instructions
  1. 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. 

  2. Assemble the salad with the greens, cucumber, tomato, and pepitas.

  3. Add the salad dressing ingredients to a high-speed blender. Puree until smooth. Drizzle over the salad and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chipotle Chickpea Taco Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Chipotle Chickpea Taco salad is a nice way to do vegan Taco Tuesday! Smoky chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, and creamy avocado dressing combine for a delicious and easy meal! #marisamoorenutrition #chickpeas #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #avocado

10 Comments on Chipotle Chickpea Taco Salad
with Avocado Cucumber Dressing

  1. Tisha
    September 22, 2018 at 12:53 AM (3 months ago)
    Love the chipotle flavoring! That dressing looks amazing aso!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      September 22, 2018 at 10:09 PM (3 months ago)
      The chipotle flavor makes the salad. Well that with the avocado dressing Reply
  2. Natalie
    September 22, 2018 at 1:29 AM (3 months ago)
    I never tried making a taco salad before but it looks so easy, delicious and healthy! Such a great idea for dinner!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      September 22, 2018 at 10:08 PM (3 months ago)
      This is a fun twist to try Reply
  3. Valentina
    September 22, 2018 at 2:31 AM (3 months ago)
    Oooh, that creamy avocado dressing looks so rich. I could drink it!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      September 22, 2018 at 10:10 PM (3 months ago)
      Believe me you will be tempted! Reply
  4. Mary Bostow
    September 22, 2018 at 2:34 AM (3 months ago)
    This salad looks SO good! This is absolutely fantastic! So YUMMY! Is good food and this looks like one of the BEST!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      September 22, 2018 at 10:08 PM (3 months ago)
      Thanks Mary! Hope you get to try it out! Reply
  5. Claudia Lamascolo
    September 22, 2018 at 8:10 AM (3 months ago)
    I eat chickpeas every day in salad I love them your dressing looks fantastic and I must try it I have everything so maybe today!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      September 22, 2018 at 10:07 PM (3 months ago)
      I know. They are a staple in my kitchen! Hope you get to try the dressing. It adds a nice balance! Reply

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