Avocado Chickpea Salad with Vegan Pesto {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Avocado Chickpea Salad with Vegan Pesto {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Avocado Chickpea Salad with vegan pesto makes for the perfect lunch recipe that is ready in minutes. Super simple 5 ingredient recipe packed full of flavor and protein. Lunch or grill day appetizers don’t get easier than this! Avocado chickpea salad might just be one of my all time favorite salads. First of all it has my two favorite foods – avocados and pesto. Once those two get together in one recipe I know it’s going to be a winner.

Since I purchased a food processor I have become obsessed with making vegan spinach basil pesto – not just for this avocado chickpea salad but also for my avocado pesto egg stuffed tomatoes (which makes for the best gluten free dairy free appetizer). If you do not yet have a food processor I highly recommend getting your hands on one – it’s my all time favorite kitchen gadget that I seriously miss whenever I am traveling and have to live without one.

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Let’s talk avocado chickpea salad. I’d been seeing a lot of these smashed chickpea avocado sandwich recipes online and figured it would be just as delicious in a salad with some vegan spinach basil pesto as the dressing. I mean pesto is just so so versatile if you ask me – it’s not just for pasta – it happens to make the best salad dressings too!

Trust me you can do so much more with pesto than just add it to pasta. A dollop of that on a salad goes a long way and infuses the salad with so so much flavor. No need for store bought dressing at all.

I normally either use olive oil on it’s own, some sort of infused Asian themed dressing or pesto as my salad dressing.

Those are pretty much my go to 3 types of salad dressing. One of those seems to cover any type of meal occasion.

For a super green salad like this avocado chickpea salad the pesto diluted with a bit of lemon juice makes for the perfect dressing.

This avocado chickpea salad has hands down become one of my all time favorite lunches ever. And I mean ever. I mean come on, how could vibrant pesto, sharp salad greens, smooth and creamy avocados and healthy and soft chickpeas not make for a winner killer combination? High protein, low carb, vegan & gluten free. Healthy and delicious.

Are you with me? This salad is so easy to make and you really only need those 4 key ingredients:

salad mix (I like one that has arugula and spinach)

avocados

canned chickpeas

vegan basil pesto

optional –> thinly sliced cucumber & scallions (0r chives)

You could also add in some optional mix ins – think thinly sliced red onions or cilantro. I love to first add a squeeze of lemon juice to my avocado before cutting it, to preserve that vibrant green color for longer and to add a bite of tangy freshness to the salad.

If salads aren’t your thing use a potato masher to squash the chickpeas down a little bit and just spread between two slices of bread for a quick lunch of avocado chickpea sandwiches.

I prefer this as a salad though – always overestimating how hungry I am and spending hours feeling stuffed afterwards – thanks to the filling aspect of both avocados and chickpeas. Best of all this is naturally gluten free and vegan when made with a vegan pesto. As long as you have a food processor (and I highly recommend investing in one – I love my kitchen aid 7 cup) this is a breeze.

I hope you enjoy this chickpea and avocado salad as much as I did! This works as a great easy to make weeknight lunch or a perfect appetizer to bring to a grill party. Summer time is grill time and salads + sides are always needed and this avocado chickpea salad will perfectly complement all the mains.

This is simply one of those perfect gluten free vegan dinner or lunch recipes. Healthy and delicious. A win win.

PS. if you love avocados as much as I do and are constantly on the look out for avocado themed recipes be sure to check out my

Tuna Avocado Egg Salad {GF, DF}

Vegan Southwest Salad with Shredded Jackfruit and Avocado Lime Dressing {GF}

Vegan Avocado Salad with Cucumber, Scallions and Arugula {GF}

And if you love chickpeas in salads check out my vegan sweet potato and chickpea salad.

I’m curious what’s your favorite gluten free and vegan quick meal?

Does it include avocados and pesto as all my meals do?

Leave a comment below to let me know what you think of my avocado chickpea salad if you end up making it!

Quick recipe tip: if you’re making this recipe in advance hold off on adding the dressing and preferably add the avocados right before eating, just to prevent them from browning. This avocado chickpea salad requires only a few minutes of prep time (as long as you’ve got the pesto ready) so I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t just assemble this the day of!

Helpful kitchen tools for this recipe:

KitchenAid KFP7I5 7-Cup Food Processor – though it costs a whopping $79 this is an essential tool in the kitchen, which can be used for making so many different things – sauces, dips, dough, etc. Once you have one it’s good for years so you only need to buy a good one once.

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Avocado Chickpea Salad with Vegan Pesto

A delicious gluten free and vegan avocado chickpea salad with pesto. This vegan lunch or dinner recipe will be your new favorite meal!

10 minPrep Time

salad mix (I like one that has arugula and spinach)

avocados

canned chickpeas

vegan basil pesto

Vegan Avocado Salad with Cucumber, Scallions and Arugula {GF}

Vicky Berman

Avocado Chickpea Salad with Vegan Pesto

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Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinses and drained
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 handfuls spring mix or arugula, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons vegan basil arugula pesto
  • 322 cal
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