Avocado, Bacon and Chickpea Salad – A delicious lunchtime salad, packed full of nutritious ingredients and high in fibre to keep you full up – so there’s no need for naughty afternoon snacking.
Last week I shared my recipe for Hummus. When I know I’m going to photograph a recipe I stock up on a few extra ingredients, just in case of any mishaps, and I got a bit carried away stocking up on chickpeas.
So what to do with all the spare chickpeas? I thought it would be nice to create a salad, so off to raid the fridge…
I’ve played around with the ingredients a bit, but have found something that I think makes a really delicious lunch (I’ve just polished a bowl off before settling down to write this!).
It has a lovely combination of sweet cherry tomatoes, salty bacon, sharp lime and slightly bitter toasted sesame seeds, all pulled together by the super nutritious chickpeas.
It’s not what I would call a “diet” salad as both avocado and chickpeas are quite high in natural fats. However, alongside this they’re choc-a-bloc full of vitamins and minerals, essential to healthy living¹ and contribute two of your five-a-day.
I don’t know about you but I often find that when I eat a salad I’m peckish again within an hour or so. This chickpea salad is high in fibre, keeping you feeling fuller for longer² meaning that you’re less likely to snack. So maybe it’s a bit more of a “diet-friendly” salad after all!
Unfortunately before photographing this I stocked up on a few more cans of chickpeas so I’ve got the same problem again. Falafel anyone?
Avocado, bacon and chickpea salad nutritional information per serving
This is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.
² Source: NHS UK