Green Garbanzo and Avocado Salad

Like a chunky guacamole studded with green garbanzos, this mixture is delicious served on greens, used as a dip, loaded in pita bread, or eaten with a spoon. Green garbanzos are young chickpeas, and taste like a cross between chickpeas and edamame. If you can’t find them, swap in edamame instead.

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Green Garbanzo and Avocado Salad

1 cup (240mL) cooked green garbanzo beans, cooled
3/4 cup (180mL) sliced cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup (120mL) loosely packed cilantro
1/2 small red onion
Juice 1 lime
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon (15mL) extra-virgin olive oil
2 small avocado, cut into chunks
Fine sea or Himalayan salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Put the green garbanzo beans, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, lime juice, garlic, and olive oil in a medium bowl. Mix to combine. Slowly stir in the avocado, keeping the pieces chunky. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Strawberry Guacamole

A twist on traditional guacamole, this version includes fresh, juicy strawberries, adding a hint of sweetness to every bite. And definitely serve it with tortilla chips. None of this celery business.

(Unfortunately, I’ve no photograph for this one–it was for a magazine and I didn’t take my own photo before the photographer did–but I can tell you this: it looks like guacamole, but with strawberries in it.)

Strawberry Guacamole

2 medium avocados
Juice from 1/2 lime
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
Fine sea salt to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
2/3 cup finely chopped strawberries
1 tablespoon minced red onion

Mash the flesh from the avocados in a bowl. Add the lime juice, cilantro, and orange juice. Mix well, adding salt and cayenne pepper to taste. Stir in the strawberries and red onion. Cover and refrigerator for about 1 hour before serving.

Deli-Style Coleslaw

A bit of sweet, a bit of tang, a bit of creaminess, and a lot of flavor. This coleslaw is the perfect canvas for adding in your favourite ingredients. Try sunflower seeds and dried cherries for an alternative to the pecans and raisins. And take the time to grate your own cabbage—it tastes much better than the pre-bagged versions. I love Mutsu apples in here, but I know they aren’t available everywhere, so I made some more common suggestions below.

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Deli-Style Coleslaw

1 cabbage, about 6 inches in diameter
2 medium carrots
1 red apple (such as Fuji)
1 green tart apple (such as Granny Smith)
4 green onions (just the greens)
1/2 heaping cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1 large avocado
Juice from 1/2 a large lemon
Sea salt to taste
3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Using a box grater, mandoline, or the shredder on a food processor, shred the cabbage, carrots, and apples. Toss together in a large bowl. Finely chop the greens of the onions. Add them to the cabbage, along with the pecans and raisins. Toss to mix.

Put the avocado, the lemon juice, a pinch of salt in a food processor. Turn on and process until smooth. With the motor running, add the olive oil, starting with 3 tablespoons, adding an additional tablespoon for a thinner consistency (depending on the size of your avocado). Add the vinegar. Stir to mix, adding additional salt and lots of ground black pepper to taste. Mix with the cabbage mixture, letting the flavours sit for at least a couple hours before serving.