This easy, delicious plant-based salad swaps out traditional roasted chicken for mashed chickpeas. Instead of mayo, the oil-free dressing comes from sweet Honey Mustard and flavorful curry powder. Combine with a crunchy-sweet mixture of cashews, celery, and golden raisins, this makes for a quick, healthy lunch. This gluten-free, grain-free recipe is a must-have.
EASY Servings: 4 Ready In: 10 minutes
¼ cup Raw Cashews *
2 stalks Celery, diced
1/4 cup Golden raisins
1/4 cup Honey mustard**
1 tsp Curry powder
1 can (15-ounce) Chickpeas
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To roast the Cashews*: Toast the cashews in a baking pan at 350 for 5-7 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
To make the salad: Dice the celery. In a medium bowl, combine the Honey Mustard, and curry powder. Stir together until blended. Add the diced celery and golden raisins. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place in a small bowl. Use a fork to mash until it resembles canned tuna. Add to the salad mixture.
When the cashews are cool enough to handle, use your hands to crush them into bite-sized pieces. Add to the salad mixture.
Stir everything well to combine. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Enjoy over a big bowl of greens, spread between sprouted bread, or scoop into whole wheat pita.
*Chef’s Quick Cashew Tip: For a quicker version, buy already roasted cashews. Just make sure to choose “Dry Roasted” to avoid added oils. If you’re watching sodium level, opt for no-salt-added.
Chef's Tip: You can re-work this recipe to fit whatever you have on-hand. Use fresh green grapes or dried apricots instead of the golden raisins. Sliced almonds can replace the cashews. Add diced apples for even more crunch
** My preferred brand of Honey Mustard is Mustard Girl. It contains brown sugar, but there are other brands that are sugar-free. Just check the ingredients label to find what works for you.
** Is Honey Vegan? Honey is considered an animal product so it is often considered "not vegan". However, if you're focused more on a plant-based diet, honey is often acceptable. For a honey-free option, you can use Follow Your Heart Honey Mustard dressing. Or, simply swap out the honey mustard for another type of honey-free mustard. Spicy Brown or Whole Grain would be my preferences.
Yield: 3 cups
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Serving size: 1/4 of a recipe (3.7 ounces).
Calories From Fat (27%) 48.02
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4.75g 7%
Saturated Fat 0.75g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 226.14mg 9%
Potassium 246.48mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 22.38g 7%
Fiber 1.2g 5%
Protein 5.34g 11%
Calcium 1.17mg <1%
Iron 40.17mg 223%
Vitamin A 105.96IU 2%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%