gluten-free lunch vegan vegetarian

Curried Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Salad

April 26, 2016

A simple lunch recipe ready in minutes with this Curried Chickpea and Avocado Salad. Ditch the mayo and meat and go for this healthy vegan lunch alternative!

A simple lunch recipe ready in minutes with this Curried Chickpea and Avocado Salad. Ditch the mayo and meat and go for this healthy vegan lunch alternative!What does one do when they make a killer lunch recipe that kind of looks like barf? Why throw it in a bell pepper and hope no one notices!

…until said person throws herself under the bus within the first 100 characters of the post.

Sorry guys! Just had to put it out there. This recipe looks foul but tastes UNREAL. It also is ready in minutes so it felt wrong keeping it from you. I sucked up my photographer pride and am posting it anyway.

A simple lunch recipe ready in minutes with this Curried Chickpea and Avocado Salad. Ditch the mayo and meat and go for this healthy vegan lunch alternative!It still feels kind of weird calling myself a photographer. Even though I take pictures of my food every single day and have a very minor sense of how to work a camera, I never refer to myself as a food photographer. I don’t know if it’s because I’m self-taught or have had the opportunity to watch the pros, but I just don’t feel like the title fits.

Then again, I feel that way about all the roles that I play when it comes to running a blog.

It’s crazy to look back on where this blog started to where I am now. I had just gotten my DSLR when I started THM and had absolutely no clue how to use it. 2 camera bodies and 2 lenses later, I kind of understand what’s going on and my photos look infinitely better.

I definitely haven’t mastered photography but I’ve certainly come a long way.

A simple lunch recipe ready in minutes with this Curried Chickpea and Avocado Salad. Ditch the mayo and meat and go for this healthy vegan lunch alternative!Now I not only wear the hat of photographer, but also videographer, writer, brand and business manager among many other things. Of course, I have some incredible help, but I have my toes in just about every body of water that I can’t quite become an expert at anything!

I’m okay with this though. Especially since I love what I do.

What I know for certain is that even the best photographer would not be able to make this Curried Chickpea and Avocado Salad look attractive. But damnnnnnn does it taste good!

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Curried Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Salad

PREP TIME 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add chickpeas and avocado and mash with a potato masher or the back of a large fork. Avocado should be completely mashed and chickpeas mashed to preference.
  2. Add in celery stalks, green onion, lemon juice and spices and mix to combine.
  3. Top onto your favorite salad, sandwich or bell pepper!
  4. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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A simple lunch recipe ready in minutes with this Curried Chickpea and Avocado Salad. Ditch the mayo and meat and go for this healthy vegan lunch alternative!


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  • Reply
    Victoria
    April 26, 2016 at 6:38 am

    You know what?! All my dishes always look not pretty, but taste amazing! And you did an awesome job photographing this 🙂 I think you made it look amazing!
    Victoria recently posted…Wedding Anniversary

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 26, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Aw thanks babes! We are our own harshest critics, aren’t we??

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    April 26, 2016 at 8:21 am

    LOL, love your honesty Davida! 😀 And I bet it tastes delicious: avocado – good, chickpeas – good, mashed – good! (Just to quote Joey from Friends 😉
    Stella @ Stellicious Life recently posted…Oriental Lentil Casserole

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 26, 2016 at 8:55 am

      He’s one quotable dude! Thanks for the support, lovely <3

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    Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It
    April 26, 2016 at 9:14 am

    LOVE anything curried!! Any your photos are absolutely gorgeous! 🙂
    Marina @ A Dancer’s Live-It recently posted…Protein-Packed Breakfasts: A Roundup!

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    Hannah @CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    April 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Photography salads of any kind is NOT easy. I just made one with tuna/salmon and I’ve definitely seen better things 😉
    Hannah @CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted…The Best Paleo Products to Buy at Costco

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      I was looking back on old pictures today of a salad recipe and literally had to squint! It ain’t easy!

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    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    April 26, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Love the flavor combos of this! I just starting using my new DSLR camera (thanks to your encouraging!) and love it! I already see a change in my photography. I can’t wait to actually start learning how to use it lol.
    Kelly @ Eat the Gains recently posted…Coconut Lime Cilantro Rice

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    Heather
    April 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    What a great idea for a filling, protein-packed lunch! And your photos are beautiful!

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    Deryn @ Running on Real Food
    April 26, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I think it still looks pretty! I love chickpea mash, it’s such a quick and easy, healthy snack. Great idea to stuff it into peppers, definitely trying that asap! Keep ’em coming 🙂
    Deryn @ Running on Real Food recently posted…Broccoli Slaw with Low Fat Peanut Dressing

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    Cassie
    April 26, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Curry + chickpeas = LIIIIIIIFE. I can imagine how amazing avocados would taste with curry flavors too! This is a really clever take on a vegan tuna salad–I have to try it out!
    Cassie recently posted…Tuesday Thoughts: Plans for the Future

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      It is a total vegan tuna salad fakeout! I bet people would totally think it was real tuna salad!

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    April 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I know exactly what you mean. My chickpea salad from last week? Yummy AF but not that pretty. Either way, I’m trying this as soon as I stock up on more avos 😀
    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth recently posted…Paleo Vegan Nut Free Brownie Cookies

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 27, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Man it’s hard to shoot! Get some avocados ASAP and dig in!

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    Lee
    April 27, 2016 at 7:24 am

    You’re the only maven I know who can make curry look good. DAYUM GOOD.
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    Jimena
    June 4, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I love chickpeas and often wonder what to do with them. Now I know! Since I always have avocados on hand, this will be a go to for a quick snack.
    Chickpeas are also one of the easiest to digest of all the other legumes. I personally had to stay away from all legumes for about a year as I have been on a long healing jouney from tons of Digestive Issues. Now I am able to eat some of them, and Chickpeas are one of my favorites.
    Thank you for this recipe!. I also wasn’t turned off by the photo at all. 😀

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      Davida Kugelmass
      June 5, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thank you Jimena 🙂 Chickpeas are my favorite legume as well! I’m glad to hear they’re also easy to digest. Enjoy!

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