I love being able to take the typical non-vegetarian recipe and making changes to make it vegetarian friendly. One of the things I had a craving for was a chicken salad sandwich. I thought about the creamy mayo, the added sweetness of grapes, and then something to add a little bit of crunch.
My brain started churning and the following recipe was created. I have used chickpeas in place of chicken before and knew they would probably work well. The mayo and grapes were the easy part, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted for the crunch. Then I remembered I had the following Blue Diamond almonds in my cupboard.
These Honey Dijon Blue Diamond Almonds are delicious on their own and ended up being exactly what I needed for my chickpea salad. Great flavor and crunch!
Honey Dijon Chickpea Salad
1 can (15oz) of chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1/2 cup mayo (I use Hellmann’s with olive oil)
2 tablespoons mustard
1/4 cup Blue Diamond Honey Dijon Almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup grapes, sliced
Salt & Pepper to taste
In a bowl, mash-up your chickpeas, leaving some whole with a fork. Add mayo & mustard, mixing well. Stir in almonds & grapes. Serve on bread, in a lettuce leaf, or eat it plain. All ways are delicious!
This was such a quick and easy recipe! I had it for lunch in romaine lettuce leaves and Mr. B enjoyed it on top of a salad. He was surprised at how much it tasted like chicken salad.
I’m calling it a win!
What’s your favorite easy go-to lunch idea?