These Smashed Chickpea Salad Stuffed Pitas are ready in just about 10 minutes! With a blend of fresh herbs, creamy avocado, crunchy veggies, and capers. Piled into a warm pita pocket for a healthy, filling meal. Vegan, optionally gluten free and so delicious!
What You’ll Need to Make Herb Smashed Chickpea Salad
Chickpeas: I keep it simple by using drained and rinsed chickpeas from a can.
Avocado: mashed avocado is going to give this smashed chickpea salad a creamy, savory texture. Plus, it’s loaded with healthy fats! The best avocados for mashing are very soft but not mushy.
Red onion & celery: for crunch, flavor and extra veggie goodness. Cucumber is also delicious in place of celery.
Fresh herbs: I like to use a blend of dill, parsley and mint. Feel free to use whatever herbs you have on hand, but they must be fresh (not dried).
Capers: for tang and a little extra saltiness. Add a splash of brine for even more flavor.
Red wine vinegar: a little acid really takes this smashed chickpea salad to the next level by bringing out the flavors of the other ingredients. Fresh squeezed lemon juice also works.
Pita bread: use your favorite brand! Use gluten free if needed. If you’re not into pita, toasted whole grain bread and flour tortillas are also good for serving.
How to Make Smashed Chickpea Salad Pitas
These herb smashed chickpea salad stuffed pitas are so easy to make. They come together in just about 10-15 minutes, so they are the perfect healthy lunch or even a quick weeknight dinner!
Start by chopping up the onion, celery and herbs. Use a fork to mash up the avocado and chickpeas. Leave a few chickpeas intact for texture or mash it all up for a creamier salad.
Stir in the other ingredients and add a pinch of salt, maybe a few grinds of black pepper. Taste and add more as needed. If the chickpea salad seems a little bland, it definitely needs more salt, maybe another splash of vinegar.
To serve, warm up your pitas in the microwave or in the oven and either stuff then with salad and eat like a sandwich or just have on the side (chips and dip style).
More Quick Recipes to Try:
- Simple sweet potato quesadillas
- 20 minute gochujang gnocchi
- Grilled pesto chicken wraps
- Fig and farro grain bowls
- Honey sesame chickpea lettuce wraps