Avocado, Bacon and Chickpea Salad


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.

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chickpea bacon avocado salad above

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…

chickpea bacon avocado salad ingredients

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!

chickpea bacon avocado salad

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

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

SERVES 2

Avocado, Bacon and Chickpea Salad

Ingredients

  • 400g chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 rashers streaky bacon
  • 60g cherry tomatoes (about 6 tomatoes)
  • 1 avocado
  • juice of half a lime
  • salt

Method

  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas (1 can) and place into a large bowl. Season with salt.
  2. Roughly chop the avocado into bitesize chunks. Chop the streaky bacon (2 rashers) into thin strips and cut the cherry tomatoes (60g) in half. Add the chopped avocado to the bowl of chickpeas.
  3. Heat a small frying pan on a medium heat, add the sesame seeds (1 tbsp) and cook for a couple of minutes until they have just turned light brown, occasionally shake the pan to help them cook evenly (do not overcook the sesame seeds as it will give them a bitter flavour).
  4. Once browned, remove the sesame seeds from the heat and add to the chickpeas and avocado.
  5. Add the streaky bacon (2 rashers) to the pan and fry until cooked and crisp around the edges. Towards the end of the cooking time, add the cherry tomatoes and fry for about 30 seconds to soften slightly.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and add the bacon and tomatoes to the chickpeas, avocado and sesame seeds.
  7. Squeeze over the juice of half a lime and toss to thoroughly mix.
  8. Serve immediately.
http://charlotteslivelykitchen.com/bacon-avocado-chickpea-salad/

Avocado, bacon and chickpea salad nutritional information per serving

chickpea bacon avocado salad nutrition

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.


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¹Find out more about the nutritional benefits of chickpeas and avocado.

² Source: NHS UK

 

16 Comments:

  1. Your photographs look amazing now… if only i liked chickpeas lol

  2. Yummy! I love salads, and avocados are just delicious (when they are ripe enough). I have not had chickpeas in a salad before, but I can imagine I’d love this salad!

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Mel. I always love he idea of salads more than actually eating them! However, the chickpeas make this lovely and filling so it’s perfect for lunch. Unfortunately I made far too many cakes over half term so I think you might be seeing more salads from me.

  3. Not a combination I would have thought of but it does sound delicious – I love avocado, chickpeas and bacon so the three together sound great and it’s a bonus that it’s easy to make too. Lovely photos too.

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks. I hadn’t thought of putting avocado and chickpeas together until I saw this recipe on hurrythefoodup.com but I did’t have any of the other ingredients so I had to come up with something new!

  4. I love the simplicity of the ingredients used, but such a great healthy salad/meal! So hearty and delicious! Yum!

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Isabella. I don’t usually eat a lot of salad as I find it doesn’t fill me up, but this one keep me going for ages.

  5. You reminded me I have some avocados in the fridge! This looks really tasty, will have to give it a try for lunch

  6. This has made me want to stock up on chickpeas too! Love the flavours in it and like that it is filling as that’s what puts me off having just a salad normally. I end up eating more because I snack all afternoon instead.

    • Charlotte Oates

      They’re so versatile aren’t they! I haven’t decided what to do with the rest of my stockpile yet. I may well end up just making more and more of this salad 🙂

  7. This looks so good. I haven’t had chickpeas in a while so you’ve inspired me to get a tin out from the back of the cupboard. Fab recipe!

    • Thanks Ciara. It’s such a useful thing to have hiding at the back of the cupboard when you’re stuck for something to eat!

  8. This looks really tasty! I regularly cook with chickpeas so look forward to trying this recipe out!

    Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Vicki. I hope you enjoy it (although it’s won’t be quite as nice if you miss out the bacon!).

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