27 June 2021

Smoky Chickpea & Avocado Salad

Smoky pan-roasted chickpeas with leafy greens, radishes, cucumber and avocado, with a creamy hemp seed dressing.

A quick and easy summer salad - use whatever leafy greens or fresh veg you have on hand. Salad leaves and radishes are actually really easy to grow, I've got a few boxes on my patio with some fresh veggies and herbs in, which I used for this recipe. Being able to pick fresh veg to cook with is one of the best parts about summer in my opinion and so rewarding!

I used shelled hemp seeds for the creamy dressing in this recipe, they have a slightly nutty, peppery flavour and are a great way to boost your nutrition. Hemp seeds are a source of short-chain omega 3s as well as protein, fibre, iron and magnesium and a great addition to the diet.  

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Smoky Chickpea & Avocado Salad | Serves: 2-3 | Time: 15 mins

You'll need

  • Chopping board
  • Knife 
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Blender 
  • Non-stick/cast iron pan 
  • Small mixing bowl


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Pinch chili flakes
  • 3 large handfuls mixed salad leaves
  • Handful fresh herbs - parsley/oregano/basil
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • Handful fresh radishes
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds 
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp red or white miso
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Heat the pan on a medium-high heat with a splash of oil, add the chickpeas and cook for 5-10 mins until crispy and golden, moving around often.
  2. Mix together the tomato puree, soy sauce, liquid smoke, maple syrup and spices in a small bowl. Once the chickpeas are crispy, reduce the heat and stir through the smoky dressing, cook for a few minutes until the chickpeas are well coated, then turn off the heat. 
  3. Meanwhile, chop the veg and prep the salad leaves.
  4. Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth
  5. Arrange the salad on plates or platters, with the leafy greens, herbs and veg, topped with the smoky chickpeas and finally drizzle over the dressing. Serve up and enjoy!
Cassidy xx