Southwestern Chickpea Salad
Southwestern Chickpea Salad – chickpeas and black beans with corn and avocado in a Southwestern style dressing. A great healthy and fresh summer side dish.
I think by now everyone knows that I am in love with Southwestern and Mexican flavors. They are pretty much my go to any night of the week. But Asian recipes are pretty up there too. I mean all of these better than take out recipes happen pretty often at my house. Hard to pick a favorite!
I decided to get creative with one of my husband’s favorite salads; Balela. That is a Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with black beans, chickpeas, mint and lots of other fresh herbs. I wanted to put a Mexican spin on it. So I added avocado, corn, cilantro, and changed up the seasonings. I am pairing with with a Mexican inspired fish! I mean, can you get any better?
I am happy to be partnering with Gorton’s again to bring you this great recipe. Earlier this year I shared my Copycat Red Lobster Tartar Sauce and Buffalo Shrimp Po’ Boys as part of a partnership with them. Well today I am here to introduce you to their new Flavor Fusions line. They are lightly breaded Cod filets that comes with zesty seasoning packets.
Each package comes with 2 packets. You can enjoy your flavored seasonings alone or pair them together . Gorton’s Flavor Fusions come with two different seasoning pairs: Classic Fajita & Kickin’ Hot Garlic Lime, or Asian Soy Ginger & Orange Sesame. I love the idea of being able to customize your meal every night. The kids want orange sesame, but the grown ups what to mix it up – not a problem! No extra work involved, you just shake on the seasoning you want and you are done!
I paired this Southwestern Chickpea Salad with the Classic Fajita & Kickin’ Hot Garlic Lime flavored fish. Everyone opted for a mix of both seasonings on their fish, and I have to say no one was disappointed. The fish was crispy, and had tons of flavor! Paired with the salad it was a bright and fresh dinner.
So if you are looking to make a delicious dinner any night of the week, make sure you have Gorton’s Flavor Fusions in your freezer and your pantry stocked so you can whip up this Southwestern chickpea salad. You can pick them up at Walmart and select Kroger stores near you.
Southwestern Chickpea Salad - chickpeas and black beans with corn and avocado in a Southwestern style dressing. A great healthy and fresh summer side dish.
- 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
- 1 can corn kernels rinsed and drained
- 2 whole avocados diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
In a large bowl mix together black beans, chickpeas, corn, avocado and cilantro until well mixed.
In a separate bowl whisk together olive oil, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper.
Pour dressing over bean mixture and toss to coat. Store in fridge until ready to serve.
**This post is sponsored by Gorton’s Seafood. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.