Pineapple Avocado Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

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I’ve been hearing people talk of fall for a good two weeks now. I will unashamedly admit that I am NOT a fall person. Sweaters aren’t cozy. They are itchy. Mittens just prohibit proper hand movement. Hats lend to hat hair. Scarves are binding. And I’m not even a huge hot drink person (not lattes for this chick – pumpkin spice or otherwise).
Sure, when I was a kid, fall was fun. I enjoyed ushering in a new school year. And jumping in piles of leaves was quite fun. And I have always looked forward to Halloween. But the older I got, the more it just reminded me that winter was around the corner. And growing up in Southwestern Ontario meant cold, harsh winters.

So even though I live in Northern California and there is no fall that I am able to detect here, I never got over my dislike of winter. This salad is my homage to summer, which forever lives in my heart 😉

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The sweet/sourness of the pineapple mixed with the lime leaves your tongue tingling for more. The roasted chickpeas add good flavour and a crunch factor. **To save time, make your roasted chickpeas ahead of time.

The star of this salad is the roasted chickpea topping.

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Pineapple Avocado Salad with Roasted Chickpeas (makes 3 large salads or 4 small)

Salad
1 cup of cooked quinoa (I cooked mine in veggie broth for some flava flav)
8-10 cups of kale, washed, trimmed & torn into bite-sized pieces (lemon juice  + evoo)
3 cups of pineapple, chopped
1 medium avocado, diced
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp each of cumin, coriander & paprika
salt & pepper to taste

I portioned my kale into 3 separate containers and kept everything separate so it would keep longer – I suggest dressing everything right before you eat it (or the morning of for lunch).  Squeeze a bit of juice from a lemon onto the kale, add a touch of olive oil and massage it in until the kale softens. Allow the kale to marinate while you chop your pineapple and avocado. Place 1/3 of the pineapple & avocado into a bowl adding the cilantro, the juice from 1/4 of a lime with the cumin, coriander & paprika with the salt and pepper and stir until well combined. Layer 1/3 of the cooked quinoa onto the kale, then the pineapple and avocado mixture & finally the roasted chickpeas.

Roasted Chickpeas (this recipe makes extra)
1 cup of cooked chickpeas, dried really well with a paper towel
1/2 tsp of olive oil
1/4 tsp each of garlic powder, coriander, cumin and paprika
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the chickpea, oil & spices to a mixing bowl and stir until combined. Pour the dressed chickpeas onto your prepared baking sheet into a single layer, spaced out. Roast for 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Just be sure to keep an eye on them for the last several minutes to ensure they don’t burn. Once cooled, add a couple tbsp to your salad. Keep the chickpeas in an airtight container on the counter and it will keep for 5 days.

Enjoy this salad while you can, before it’s all squash, pumpkin and all things cinnamon 😉

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Do you like fall?

I’m sharing this recipe with Healthy  Vegan Fridays & Plant Based Potluck Party

17 thoughts on “Pineapple Avocado Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

  1. This salad sounds so delicious! What gorgeous flavours you have going on there. I love pineapple in savoury dishes and roasted chickpea are just the bomb.
    It’s funny you mention “hat hair’ as my husband was laughing at me last night when I said I couldn’t wear a hat because I’d get hat hair. He just didn’t get it ;O)

    1. Thanks Mel! I love pineapple in just about anything haha. I can’t believe I never made roasted chickpeas before now! They will definitely become a regular thing in my kitchen.
      Haha, yes men don’t tend to get the same impact when they wear hats – they totally don’t get it ;p

  2. Lol, “before it’s all squash, pumpkin and all things cinnamon” cracked me up. I can’t wait for those things. I do agree that mittens hinder everything though. I hate mittens…but I do like sweaters (I only buy reeeeally comfy ones).

    Your salad looks sooo good. It actually makes me want summer to stay around! Love the addition of pineapple!

  3. I had my first ever pumpkin pie latte the other day. It was a little odd, but I was into it.
    Mostly this year has seemed like summer… we maybe have a tiny bit of autumn and a little bid of winter. Now it is spring, and it is not too bad. But summer is looming!
    I have come to appreciate autumn because our last few summers have been so brutal, a little bit of a cool change is nice. But we pretty much had summer until the last two weeks of autumn this year.

  4. LOL, yes I can see why you don’t like fall!! As I’ve grown older, I have come to love all the seasons, each for their own unique qualities. Either way, this summer salad looks delicious!!

    1. I should learn to appreciate all of the seasons more. I know fall is really one of the most beautiful seasons with all of it’s gorgeous colours. I’ll try to look at it more that way ;p Thanks Randi!

  5. this sounds so good – esp as the weather heats up – no heater on at home during the day – yay!

    I can’t share your dislike of winter – it is summer and raging hot days that fills me with dread (not to mention bushfires) but snow is still a novelty for me – though I did love the edinburgh winters but I have heard how harsh canadian winters can be and am not sure I would cope

    1. As I continue my fall avoidance, I’ll continue to share recipes like this haha 😉
      I grew up with raging heat (no bushfires though – that sounds scary!), and I still quite appreciate it. I grew up with such harsh winters that they turned me off of cold weather. I’m not sure how they compare to your winters, they may be similar.

  6. I laughed at your associations with fall (or autumn as we call it here). It used to be my favourite season, but now I have a newborn I am a little apprehensive about being hemmed in when rainy cold weather is around (I don’t mind getting wet but there is enough baby ‘stuff’ to deal with without the wet weather gear too!). This is a gorgeous salad for holding off cold weather vibes and celebrating remaining warm weather.

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