Egg Salad Without Eggs?

Copyright 2018 R.A. Robbins

I developed this recipe while looking for tasty, healthy snacks with protein . I use chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, but there are also recipes using tofu if you prefer. You may be familiar with hummus which is made from chickpeas and often used as a dip with raw veggies. Because I do not care for the flavor of tahini, an ingredient in hummus, I decided to go a different direction.

My first version of this recipe used mayonnaise or salad dressing, which contain eggs. I went on to use a dressing of olive oil, vinegar, prepared mustard and just a touch of lemon juice to brighten up the flavor a bit.  You could use Greek yogurt if you tolerate dairy.  The addition of chopped sweet pickles or sweet pickle relish also adds to the flavor.

The finished salad may be served over salad greens for a light lunch or as a sandwich. Adding a lettuce leaf and a tomato slice will add both color and flavor to your sandwich.

So how do you make that Eggless Egg Salad?

Ingredients:
2 cups chickpeas (garbanzo beans) canned or cooked from dry
2 Tablespoons diced onion
2 Tablespoons pickle relish or diced sweet pickles if you have them
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or your favorite vinegar)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil
Salt substitute and pepper to taste

Directions:
Drain and rinse chickpeas.

Mash with a potato masher or fork leaving a few chunks of chickpea.

Add onion and pickle relish.

Combine mustard, vinegar and lemon juice in a small bowl or blender container. Mix together.

Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream. If you are making this by hand blend with a wire whisk while adding the olive oil. If using the blender, blend on low adding the oil through the smaller hole in the lid, do not remove the lid while blending.

Add the dressing to the chickpea mixture and stir together.

Season with salt substitute and pepper.

You may serve as is or chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Serves 4 to 6

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