The Husband and I have this nerdy tradition. When either of us mentions, orders, or purchases chickpeas, the other one has to say that they’d prefer garbanzo beans. And pity the poor waitress who has to listen to us request that the garbanzo beans in a salad be replaced with chickpeas. I believe this ridiculousness stems from a post-college realization that chickpeas and garbanzo beans were actually the same thing. Apparently that realization stunted our development, because the immaturity has never gone away.
So you can call this a Loaded Guaco Garbanzo Salad or a Loaded Guaco Chickpea Salad, but I like the alliteration better.
I was blown away by the depth of flavors in the creamy green garbanzo mixture. The Husband loved it too. But I could only laugh when he asked, “Isn’t it just guacamole mixed with chickpeas?”
No, I used garbanzo beans.
Whatever you want to call this, we love it. And I hope you do too.
Loaded Guaco Garbanzo Salad
- 1 clove of garlic
- 4 T. red onion, divided
- 1 handful of cilantro, divided
- juice of ½ lemon
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 avocados
- 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- ¼ c. finely minced celery (about 2 stalks)
- Mixed baby greens
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 1 ½ c. grated carrots (3-4 carrots)
- 2 chopped tomatoes
- 1-2 T. balsamic vinegar
1. Place garlic, 2 T. of red onion, most of the handful of cilantro, lemon juice, and salt in the food processor and process until pieces stick to the sides of the bowl.
2. Add 2 avocados and process until well combined but slightly chunky.
3. Rinse and drain garbanzo beans and place in a medium bowl. Add contents of the food processor and celery. Then mix by hand.
4. Prepare remaining salad items layering the mixed greens, chopped cucumber, grated carrots, chopped tomatoes, and remaining red onion.
5. Drizzle 1-2 T. of balsamic vinegar over the salad.
6. Then scoop the Guaco Garbanzo Beans on top of the salad.
7. Chop remaining cilantro and sprinkle over entire dish.
Hey, buddy. You are not a part of this photo shoot!
- Do you call them garbanzo beans or chickpeas?
- What goofy food traditions do you and your friends or family have?
- What’s your favorite way to enjoy garbanzo/chickpeas?