This earthy salad with crispy chickpeas and topped with fresh California Avocados makes for a satisfying mix until your next meal. Nutritionally, this salad packs a nutrient punch providing a high potency of the antioxidant vitamin C (150% DV) and vitamin K (340% DV) plus an excellent source of dietary fiber (71% DV) and protein (28% DV).
Avocado Caesar Salad with Crispy Chickpeas
Nutritional Highlights (per serving)
|For the Dressing:|
|2||large cloves garlic, minced|
|6||Tbsp.||Extra virgin olive oil|
|2||Tbsp.||red wine vinegar|
|2||Tbsp.||freshly squeezed lemon juice|
|1||tsp.||dried mustard or Dijon|
|1/2||tsp.||fine sea salt|
|1/2||ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and finely smashed|
|Crispy Fennel Chickpeas:|
|1||can||(15.5 oz) chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and air dried|
|2||Tbsp.||extra virgin olive, plus for drizzling|
|1/8||tsp.||flakey salt, or to taste|
|4||small radishes, thinly sliced|
|1||cup||herbs, such as dill, parsley, rosemary or a combination|
|For the Salad:|
|1||lb.||fresh Brussels sprouts, cleaned and finely shredded|
|2||cups||kale leaves, chopped (if available)|
|1/2||cup||flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped|
|2||ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded, peeled, and sliced|
|Aged parmesan cheese, for grating|
As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados
- Combine dressing ingredients and shake vigorously in a jar or an upright blender until well combined. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, pat dry any excess moisture from the chickpeas. Heat the olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the chickpeas and fennel seed and cook, toasting, until crispy and lightly brown. Season generously with salt and pepper – they should be seasoned enough to be a tasty snack on their own. Set aside.
- Add a splash of dressing to a deep bowl; add all the brussels sprouts, kale and parsley; toss to coat. Divide between four bowls and top each with avocado, crispy chickpeas and a generous sprinkling of shaved parmesan cheese. Serve with additional lemon, if desired.
Serving Suggestion: This is a full vegetarian meal, but can be served with lavash or toasted ciabatta, or add sliced grilled chicken for a non-vegetarian option.
Beverage Pairing: Serve with a cold wheat beer with lemon, or a refreshing Kombucha.
Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.
Vitamin A 148 mcg; Vitamin C 135 mg; Calcium 186 mg; Iron 5 mg; Vitamin D 0 mcg; Folate 251 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.35 g.
% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 150%; Calcium 15%; Iron 30%; Vitamin D 0%.