Chickpea, tomato and red pepper salad, avocado dressing recipe

By Debbie Major

  1. Serves 4
  2. Ready in 10 minutes
  3. Rating

This salad can be served as a simple lunch, a side dish or alongside griddled chicken fillets, lean ham, prawns or low-fat tuna.

tried and tested
Chickpea, tomato and red pepper salad, avocado dressing


  1. 50g watercress, large stalks removed
  2. 50g wild rocket
  3. 50g baby leaf spinach
  4. 1 large carrot, coarsely grated
  5. 150g cherry tomatoes, halved
  6. 1 small red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  7. 100g canned chickpeas, drained, or dried chickpeas, cooked and drained
  8. 2 tbsp sunflower seeds, lightly toasted

For the avocado dressing

  1. 1 ripe avocado
  2. 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  3. 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  4. Dash of Tabasco sauce
  5. 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


  1. 1. Mix the leaves and carrot together and divide between 4 plates or 1 serving platter. Tuck the halved cherry tomatoes and pepper slices among the leaves and scatter over the chickpeas and seeds.
  2. 2. Make the the avocado dressing. Halve the avocado and remove the stone. Scoop the flesh into the smallest bowl of your food processor and add the mustard, lemon juice and Tabasco sauce. Blend until smooth, and then, with the motor still running, gradually pour in the oil and 2-3 tablespoons warm water. Season to taste. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 227kcals, 17.7g fat (2.9g saturated), 5.6g protein, 11.7g carbs, 5.4g sugar, 0.4g salt

Chef's tip

For an alternative mustard dressing, put 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard into a small bowl with 1 teaspoon white or red wine vinegar and mix together. Whisk in 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil very gradually. It will get very thick. Gradually whisk in 11/2 tablespoons cold water, a pinch of caster sugar and a little seasoning. Add some avocado to the salad.


Please register or sign-in to leave a comment. We’d love to hear what you think.


July 26

I have sampled the recipe so often. I ran out of chickpea so I improvised with sweetcorn once and also with broad beans... Magnificent

Sign in
Sign in

Forgot password ?

Why sign up?
Save recipes, enter exclusive competitions and upload you own recipes!

Register for free now
Sign up for our newsletter for the latest news, recipes and offers.
Healthy recipes
Dinner parties
Dinner parties

Get delicious. news & recipes straight to your inbox
* indicates required
( mm / dd / yyyy )