I am very much enjoying all of summers succulent fruit and vegetables. I have been fortunate enough to be able to go to many local farmers markets and buy the freshest of this seasons harvest.
As I looked at my fridge and pantry looking for inspiration for dinner, I decided I need to use as many vegetables as possible. As you already know from my guacamole post, I love Mexican cuisine. I came up with this easy, filling, flavor packed chopped salad with a cool avocado lime dressing. My husband, who typically does not consider a salad “dinner”, was full and satisfied with this one. 🙂
Feel free to add or omit any of the ingredients. Cooking should be fun and you should create something you will enjoy!
Avocados are delicious. But when combined with chickpeas, in a smooth hummus blend.. they are out of this world!
Hummus is a traditional Middle Eastern side dish, made of smashed chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon. It is high in iron and vitamin C. It is also a good source of protein and fiber, making it a great side to any meal. Hummus is always served with pita bread. Refer to my next post for a very easy pita recipe!
This recipe makes approximately 3 cups of hummus.
1 15oz can of chickpeas
2 medium ripe avocados
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons tahini
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons parsley (more for garnish, if desired)
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Fresh ground pepper
Crushed red pepper flakes
1. In a food processor, pulse together chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, salt, cumin and black pepper until smooth. Add in avocado and pulse until smooth.
2. Top with EVOO, parsley and red pepper flakes. Serve with pita bread!