I was super inspired by all these ideas, that I decided to create this chickpea salad recipe highlighting one of my personal faves: cilantro!
Fair warning: If you're one of those people who thinks that cilantro tastes like soap, you're probably going to want to skip this one.
But for this rest of you? Step right up!
I'm not saying that this isn't already a thing that I did, because...um...it is. But at least this way I could feel totally cool with calling it a complete meal. Guacamole for lunch? Yes, please!
I'm a cilantro lover, for sure. I will routinely add it to my salads and sandwiches, and will even stand in my kitchen plucking stems out of the fridge and munching on it they way normal people eat carrot sticks. This recipe packs lots of cilantro flavor with a full bunch pureed into the creamy avocado dressing.
I haven't tried dipping tortilla chips in it, yet, but I strongly suspect that would also be a good thing.
Deconstructed Hummus Salad. (It's basically the same idea, but with hummus. Yes, I am a genius.)
And check out these other trending cilantro recipes on Pinterest:
Guacamole Chickpea Salad with Cilantro-Avocado Dressing
Serves 4-6 as a lunch entree or side
For the cilantro avocado dressing:
1 large bunch cilantro, tough stems removed (about 2 loosely packed cups)
2 ripe Hass avocados, peeled and quartered
2 large garlic cloves
1 teaspoon cracked red pepper flakes
1/2 jalapeño, stem and seeds removed (optional)
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 2 whole limes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
For the salad:
3 cans low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 medium red onion, diced
1/4 cup finely minced cilantro
Make the cilantro-avocado dressing: Combine cilantro, avocados, garlic, red pepper, jalapeño, olive oil, lime juice, salt, and black pepper in a food processor or blender and puree until very smooth.
Assemble the salad: in a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, diced onions, tomatoes, minced cilantro, and the dressing. Toss to coat evenly then taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
Serve chilled or room temperature.