We always keep our pantries stocked with beans. But sometimes we want to move beyond our typical soups, spreads and side dishes. Particularly in summer when we are looking for fast, fun foods that are great for lazy days, or lounging at the beach. That's where our new found favorite "Una Salad" comes into play. You may gather from the title that it's a take on our tuna salad, however, we've chosen to sub out the tuna for garbanzo beans.
Not only is this recipe delicious, it's also super nutritious. Did you know that one half cup of garbanzo beans contains 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber? We call that winning in the nutrition department!
While we still use standard mayonnaise in this recipe, feel free to replace with a vegan option.
Keep in mind that the ratio in most of these ingredients are according to taste and if you don't like some of our additions, simply omit in your version. It's all about enjoying the food you make. So we hope you enjoy this "Una Salad", but feel free to make this version your own. 😉
2 cans/boxes of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed
1 stalk of celery, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 of a med red bell pepper, diced
1 1/2 tbls red onion, diced
1-2 tbls relish
1 tbls Dijon mustard
1/4 c mayo
Red pepper flake
- Smash chickpeas in a medium sized bowl. Just a few whole beans are ok.
- Add all other ingredients to the bowl. Season according to taste. We season as we see fit depending on our tastebuds that particular day. Squeeze the juice of the lemon over all of the ingredients.
- Stir to combine and enjoy!
- Remember to taste as you go and make it your own, adding more or less of something as you see fit. We enjoy ours with crackers, but it would also be amazing on toasted wheat bread.