"Shania hates mayo all right, and she can't eat chicken salad, thats no joke."
Any I Heart Huckabees fans? If so, you'll understand my very funny name for this recipe. Well, I think it's funny.. So in the movie, Shania Twain can't eat chicken salad. According to Brad Stand, it's because she hates mayo. Towards the end of the movie, she makes an appearance and reveals that it's because she's a vegetarian (props, Shania) but we're gonna stick with the whole 'no mayo' joke because that's what makes my chickpea salad unique.
If you've been a vegan (or vegetarian) for even a minute you probably know that you can make a delicious sandwich by mashing up some chickpeas, mixing them with mayo, and throwing some tomato and lettuce on there. Everyone has a vegan chickpea salad recipe. It's easy. It's so easy, you probably don't even need a recipe. I'm here to show you that you can up your chickpea salad game by swapping that oil-laden and potentially processed mayo for a whole food! If you've been following our recipes, you could probably guess which whole food it is as I have time and time again expressed my love for this green goddess. I'm talking about avocado, of course. A healthy fat, hella delicious, and super easy to turn into mayo, ranch dressing, or whatever creamy condiment your heart desires. By using a whole food instead of mayo, you can ensure that this recipe is essentially allergen free! No cashews or other nuts, no soy, no added oils or thickening agents needed.
This also makes a great side dish. Just be sure to at least double the recipe if you plan on taking it to a summer barbecue because I promise you people are going to eat it up. It's delicious! I'm totally guilty of eating an extra spoonful while making it.. and while making sandwiches.. oops. Just be warned that it will turn a slightly brown color when saved as it is made with avocado.
Oil, Gluten, & Soy-Free Chickpea Salad
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