Carrot

Buffalo Chickpea Salad With Vegan Ranch

June  2, 2018
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

The challenge: Make a salad that’s hearty enough to be a meal and delicious enough to be (shhh!) vegan. Mission impossible: accepted. —Grant Melton

  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • For the dressing
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup grape seed oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced (about 1/2 teaspoon zest and 3 tablespoons juice)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic (or 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • For the salad
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • two 15 1/2–ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (I prefer Frank's)
  • Salad greens, like baby kale
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated, or cut into matchsticks
  • 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced on a bias
  • 6 radishes, sliced
  • Celery leaves, for garnish
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. To make the dressing, place the raw cashews, water, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, garlic and pepper into a high-powered blender. Turn the blender on at its lowest speed and gradually increase its power until the blender is blending on high. Turn the blender off, scrape down the sides and repeat. At this point, you should have a smooth and creamy dressing. Add in the herbs and blend just to combine, just a few seconds. Pour the mixture into a jar and keep in the fridge until ready to use. The dressing is especially good a day or two after it’s made.
  2. To make the salad, heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, add in the chickpeas and cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until they’re warmed through, about 5 minutes. Add in the hot sauce and toss to coat. Turn the heat to low and let cook for a few minutes more while you toss the salad.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the salad greens, shredded carrots, celery and radishes. Pour the dressing over the salad. You’ll probably only need about half of it. Toss the salad to dress. Place the salad onto large salad bowls or onto dinner plates and top with a few spoonfuls of the warm chickpeas. Garnish with celery leaves.

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Grant Melton is an Emmy Award-Winning Producer of the Rachael Ray Show, food writer and recipe developer. He's a contributor to Food52, NYT Cooking and Rachael Ray Every Day Magazine. He loves cookies, cocktails and kindness.