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Avocado Chickpea Salad (5 Min, Vegetarian)

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Every day at work you’re asked “Are you coming for lunch?” Sure you are, and probably to some restaurant that has a crappy veggie option tucked onto the menu as an afterthought.

And to rub salt in the wound, it was low in protein and isn’t gonna help you rebuild the muscles you smashed in your workout earlier.

Horrible. Depressing. Demotivating even.

Luckily this Avocado Chickpea Salad can be your first step out of that mess. High in protein, fiber and put together in 5 minutes before you go to work. Easy as pie and even tastier.

Who wants to socialize with colleagues at lunch time anyway?

Health Benefits – Avocado Chickpea Salad

From just the one serving you get a great amount of protein and fiber, around 20g of each!

The fiber will make you feel full (1) and the protein will help you stay strong and rebuild those fatigued muscles – perfect.

Avocados are awesome! Here are our two favourite benefits.

Avocado is high in healthy monounsaturated fats quite similar to olive oil. Those fats help to decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease and inflammation (pain and stiffness in joints) (2).

Another truly amazing benefit of those fats is that they can help you to better absorb nutrients from other plant food (vitamin A, D, E, K and antioxidants). Actually antioxidants can be absorbed up to 400% better (3)!

So if you want to supercharge your salad, add an avocado.

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Supercharging Avocado Chickpea Salad (5 Min, Vegetarian)

Avocado Chickpea Salad. Supercharge Your Lunch: High in protein, fiber and put together in 5 minutes before you go to work. Easy and tasty.
Course Mains, Salads
Cuisine Vegetarian
Time 5 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 458kcal
Author Hauke Fox


  • 1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed; 1 can = 15oz = 435g)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 handful cilantro/coriander, fresh
  • ½ red onion
  • cup feta cheese (or similar)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  • Cut and dice up the avocado. Chop the cilantro/coriander (also the stems, if you like). Dice up half an onion.
  • Throw everything into a bowl, add the feta cheese, honey and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Lunch is ready!


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Adapted from Two Peas And Their Pot


Nutrition Facts
Supercharging Avocado Chickpea Salad (5 Min, Vegetarian)
Serving Size
478 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About Hauke Fox

I'm always on the lookout for these damn smart recipes. You know, those that only take a few minutes to put together and taste delicious. Vegetarian Cooking at home is a way to take back control over what I eat. I don't like what many companies do to animals and the environment with their products.


  1. That question – are you coming to lunch – that right there is the biggest moment of weakness. And I have succumbed to it many a time even when I had a nice packed lunch with me.

    This recipe is so simple – I just love it!

  2. Haha – I so agree – we are at work almost 8 hours – I definitely have no desire to socialize during lunch to – I would much rather have some quality time with this avocado and chickpea beauty of a salad! 🙂

    • hahahaha! I actually got a few working mates to also bring food from home. So we are united again, at least a couple of times per week! But it’s funny to see how many factors influence your diet. Thanks for reading!

  3. 5 stars
    Smash this up a bit more and it makes an AWESOME sandwich filling. Saw it on a blog touted as a replacement for tuna salad, but it’s way better!

  4. A beautiful combination of ingredients! I should eat more lentils,
    this salad would be a great way to add them to my diet.

  5. 5 stars
    Haha – I accidentally left my feta and cilantro at home so I made the salad without – aaaand, it’s still delicious! This is a keeper, thank you.

  6. 5 stars
    It’s so hard cooking for my vegetarian daughter! This was perfect!!! Thank you so much!!

  7. 5 stars
    Just looked it up and made it in 5 minutes!! Perfect and easy! Thank you!

  8. What a delight! With what I had onhand, subbed lemon for the lime, basil for cilantro, and shallot for the red onion. SO simple (made it while wearing a sleeping baby) and it turned out fantastic! Thank you for sharing this. Can’t wait to check out your blog for more great ideas!

  9. 5 stars
    Wow! This was so easy to make and just like the other recipes just as tasty and healthy!
    Normalerweise habe ich nicht so viele Zeit zum kochen aber dieses website ist ein richtige
    lifesaver 🙂

    VG aus FFM!

    • hi Sunny!
      Danke für das tolle Feedback! Genau deswegen haben wir die Seite gestartet 🙂
      Ich freue mich, dass du schon ein Rezept gefunden hast, dass dir gefällt!

      Beste Grüße aus Berlin!

  10. 5 stars
    I just made this for the 3rd time in less than 2 weeks and had to make copies of the recipe at work to hand out because I got so many “likes” 😉 . LOVE this recipe! I added some halved cherry tomatoes for color too.

  11. 5 stars
    This is a super easy and delicious salad! I not only use it as a lunch option for me…but as an added side for parties and even dinner. My growing boys just LOVE it anyway anytime!

  12. Made this tonight, minus the cilantro, and it was amazing! Did a mix of lemon juice and lime juice with a little garlic powder! So good!!

    • That does indeed sound really good!! Garlic powder is soo good, but people notice immediately as well 😀
      Thanks for the comment, Kelly!

      • Thank you for this recipe! We adapted it for my daughter using vegan cheese & she absolutely loves it. 5 mins to prepare & we have a fresh, healthy meal to suit her eating choices.

        • Awesome!! It’s great to read a comment like this, to know that someone is getting support in a nutritious and easy way. Thanks for writing, Fiona!

  13. Could you substitute the feta cheese with any other cheese or dressing? I hate feta cheese. I can eat other cheeses but I do try to stay as vegan as possible if you can suggest anything else to replace it.

    • Hi Camilla,
      Hmm, that’s a tough one. To be honest I didn’t come across a great vegan feta replacement yet. As far as other cheeses go – it should be fresh/moist and lightly salty. You definitely want those components for mouth feel. Maybe you can find a similar cheese made from goat or cow milk? In Germany there’s an alternative called “Shepherd’s cheese”. It’s like feta but just with cows milk. Good luck with your investigation! 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    Wow! I may or may not have inhaled this. So delicious, filling, and fast. Ingredient amount are perfect. I have two kids under two years old, so I’m always on the hunt for easy meals for lunch.

    • Hahaha great! I know, it’s one of the very fastest recipes we have on the site. It still surprises me when I make it again after a break, it’s like ‘wow lunch is ready already?’ 😀

  15. I’m a newbie vegetarian so I’m learning as I go. Any way to add red lentils to this? Parsnips? (I bought 2 and am obsessed with doing something with them, just don’t have a clue!)

    • Hi there Sue! Cool that you joined the veggie tribe 😀
      Hope you’ll find lot’s of tasty new recipes. Well, I’d exchange the chickpeas for the red lentils so it’s not overloaded with legumes. Parsnips could go in there as well. They need a bit of extra prepping though (See this post on wikihow). So, either have them on the side or throw them in once fried, boiled, roasted or baked 🙂
      Enjoy experimenting!

  16. Are the nutrition facts for all two servings or just one?

  17. 5 stars
    Will try this. And maybe go vegetarian within the year. Love avocado:)

  18. Starting my journey on becoming vegetarian and im beyond excited. Trying your meal plan and its extremely convenient and looks delicious. However, im a little nervous due to the high amount of fat in the meals. Im really new at this. Should I just decrease the amount of ingredients with high fat content?

    • Hi Bella – not all fat is bad! And some fats are very important indeed. The meals plans are pretty well-balanced and I wouldn’t necessarily cut down on certain ingredients (for example avocado is high fat, but brings with it lots of other goodness). I’d only really be wary if you’re getting high fat content from other external areas too – if you’re following these meal plans you should be in a good place 🙂

  19. I have printed out a bunch of your recipes this morning. This one is like, duh! I love all of the ingredients, why haven’t I done this before? I bought three beautiful eggplants yesterday and found your Aubergine Curry recipe, which is perfect. It led me down the rabbit hole of fantastic recipes, landing me here. Thank you so much! I will keep an eye out for your recipes!

  20. 5 stars
    This is delicious! I made it for lunch tomorrow but I might just eat it now. I replaced the onion with red bell pepper bc I don’t like raw onion. Thanks for a yummy recipe!

    • Thanks for the feedback! Bell pepper is a good replacement indeed! I’m sure it tastes nicely as well!! 🙂

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