I love chicken salad, and I used to love tuna salad, but after my first trip to the beach when I was six, I've since had a hard time eating fish. Although I eat it occasionally, I can't mentally stomach it most of the time, so I was very excited when I came across a recipe that used garbanzo beans instead of meat. The ingredients are the same as what I've traditionally used in chicken/tuna salad.
After draining and rinsing the two cans of garbanzo beans, I used a muddler (typically used for drinks) to mash the beans. You could also put them in a food processor, but I wanted to make sure I had plenty of chunks and was afraid of turning the beans into mush.
After I reached a consistency I was happy with, I added 1/4 cup olive oil mayo, 2 Tbsp dill relish, and a 1 Tbsp yellow mustard. The original recipe did not call for mustard, but I wanted it to taste as close to the chicken/tuna salad I've made in the past, so I added it.
After mixing these ingredients in, I felt like it needed to be a little creamier, so I added about 1 Tbsp more mayo. I also chopped up 2 stalks of celery, and although the original recipe called for red onion, but I prefer green, so I chopped and added about 1/4 cup.
After thoroughly mixing the last two ingredients, I refrigerated it for a few hours to let the flavors soak in. I heaped a spoonful onto a piece of sourdough bread and topped with some power greens (spinach, kale, mizuna, and chard). It definitely provided the flavor and texture I was craving without having to deal with my mental hangup of eating meat.
You could serve this as a sandwich, as a snack with crackers, or over a bed of greens of your choice. The original recipe from fullofbeans.us was a vegan recipe, and you can make the recipe vegan by using some form of vegan mayo or vegan mayo substitute. As the garbanzo bean salad sits in the fridge for a day or two, it may become dry, and I would suggest adding a touch more mayo, about a half a tablespoonful at a time. If you're not a fan of mustard, you could leave that out, and you can add any spices that sound tasty to you! It's a great recipe to play around with and make it your own, and however you choose to prepare and serve this garbanzo bean salad, I hope you enjoy!
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