Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho with Shrimp

Avocado Gazpacho with Cajun Chili Shrimp | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho with Shrimp is such a refreshing soup for a hot day! You can customize it by adding in a few extra toppings, like corn or tomatoes. This gazpacho soup with shrimp is the perfect dish for a summer party or an easy lunch or dinner when it’s hot outside! It’s creamy, but dairy-free and Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

Avocado Gazpacho with Cajun Chili Shrimp | Lexi's Clean KitchenCucumber Avocado Gazpacho Recipe

I love soup all year around, but on a hot day in the summer, a refreshing chilled soup is just what I’m looking for! This soup combines a refreshing mix of avocado, lemon, and cucumber that results in a creamy and flavorful gazpacho. I top it with a few spicy shrimp, corn, basil and hot peppers for a dreamy combination. Feel free to leave off the corn if you are looking for a Paleo or Whole30 soup and add in diced fresh tomatoes instead.

What is Gazpacho?

When you think of gazpacho, most people generally think of a cold soup made from primarily raw ingredients and blended up. The most common type of gazpacho would be one made with a tomato and cucumber base. It’s served as an appetizer or a light meal. This green gazpacho uses a similar technique of blending up cold ingredients but makes them creamy (yet dairy-free) thanks to the addition of ripe avocado.

Avocado Gazpacho with Cajun Chili Shrimp | Lexi's Clean KitchenGazpacho Topping Options

I loved this soup topped with the spicy shrimp and corn, but in reality you can top it with whatever your heart desires (or you have on hand). Some other options would be:

  • diced fresh tomato
  • additional diced avocado
  • additional diced cucumber
  • hot peppers
  • pickled jalapenos
  • crisp bacon

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Mexican Avocado Gazpacho with Cajun Shrimp

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:05 Total Time 0:15 Serves 2

Ingredients

    Gazpacho

    • 1 ripe Hass avocado, flesh
    • 1 small organic cucumber, peeled
    • 2 cups organic vegetable broth
    • 1 shallot, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, more to taste
    • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, more to taste

    Toppings

    • 1 husk local organic corn, cooked
    • 1 teaspoon basil, sliced thin for garnish
    • Optional: 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, for garnish
    • Optional: red chili pepper for garnish

    Optional: Cajun Chili Shrimp

    Directions

    1. In a medium-sized pot, bring 3 cups water to a boil and cook corn covered, until you can pierce with a fork.
    2. Pat shrimp dry and season with chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
    3. Heat oil in a small skillet. Once hot add in shrimp and cook for 5-8 minutes or until opaque and fully cooked through.
    4. Take shrimp off heat and set aside.
    5. Add all gazpacho ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
    6. Pour soup into desired serving dish. Top with corn, shrimp if using, extra slices of cucumber, basil, red chili pepper if using, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve cold.
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    Easy Cucumber Salad with Lots of Herbs!

    When your garden is overrun with cucumbers this summer, this is the salad to make! Or, when you just are really in need of a refreshing, flavor-packed, and super simple salad to throw together. This Easy Cucumber Salad with Herbs uses all of the fresh herbs (parsley, dill, and mint) and features the fresh, cool cumber to complement any dish you’re serving up this summer

    bowl of easy cucumber saladEasy Cucumber Salad Recipe

    This recipe is for when you have found yourself googling: “How do you use a lot of cucumbers?” this summer. Throwing together this Easy Cucumber Salad with ALL THE HERBS is just the answer! This recipe is light, refreshing and a great side salad to accompany all of your grilling mains, seafood or chicken dishes this summer! And it’s a great way to use up all those fresh herbs you have too!

    This recipe works with either farm fresh large cucumbers you find in the summer, or if you’re craving a refreshing side it can also work with store-bought English hot house cucumbers. If you are using extra large cucumbers from your garden or the farm feel free to scoop out the seeds and slice in half moon shapes.

    bowl of cucumber salad and herbsHere’s what’s in it:

    • 2 large cucumbers, thinly sliced
    • 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • lemon juice
    • dijon mustard
    • dill
    • parsley
    • mint
    • salt and pepper
    • garlic powder
    • Pinch of red pepper flakes

    a plate full of what goes with cucumber salad

    What goes with cucumber salad?

    To begin, the best thing about this cucumber salad is that it is oh-so-versatile! It can go with just about anything! It’s great to serve as a side for a barbecue, alongside seafood or just about any chicken dish. Here are some of our favorites that go great with this clean cucumber salad:

    Looking for more summer sides recipes, check these out:

    Herb Cucumber Salad
    Serves 4
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    Prep Time
    20 min
    Prep Time
    20 min
    Ingredients
    1. 2 large cucumbers, thinly sliced
    2. 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    3. 1/2 lemon, juiced
    4. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    5. 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
    6. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
    7. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    8. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
    9. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    10. 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
    11. Pinch of red pepper flakes
    Instructions
    1. Slice cucumbers using a knife or a mandolin. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt.
    2. In a bowl combine oil, vinegar, dijon, fresh herbs, salt, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
    3. Pour mixture over cucumbers and toss to coat evenly. Let sit for 10 minutes.
    4. Serve immediately.
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    Easy Dill Pickles (Plus Everything To Know For Canning!)

    Have you ever wondered how to make easy Dill Pickles at home? With the abundance of cucumbers and fresh dill at the farmer’s markets and CSA’s, let’s do something other than tomato cucumber salads, shall we? I love this recipe because it’s EASY to make. We are going to walk you through the canning process too so you don’t have to feel intimidated to process and make your own pickles this season!

    Canning Dill Pickles

    Easy Dill Pickles

    Pickles are the best! Especially pickles made from the abundance of in-season cucumbers found at the end of the summer. We want to share with you an easy recipe to make dill pickles that you can either process in mason jars to preserve the taste of summer all year long, or to quickly put up in the refrigerator to use up your cucumber supply now!

    What type of cucumber is best for pickling?

    Either way, let’s start with the basics: what kind of pickle should you use? Definitely always start with the best possible produce you can find when you want to preserve something. Let’s face it, if you preserve a mediocre vegetable in some vinegar, it isn’t suddenly going to turn in to a better vegetable just because you place it in vinegar.

    So for our dill pickles you want to source out small and freshly-picked cucumbers that are not bruised or damaged in any way. We like the smaller and younger cucumbers because they stay crunchier than the more mature large cucumbers that have larger seeds and softer flesh.

    How to Make Dill Pickles

    How do I make cucumber pickles?

    Once you have found the best cucumbers, you can decide whether you want to preserve the cucumber in canning jars using a boiling water canning method, or you can make refrigerator pickles. If processed properly, canned pickles are shelf stable, unopened, for about a year. Refrigerator pickles will keep for 3 months in your refrigerator. We’ve included instructions for both in the recipe. It’s slightly more complicated to process using a boiling water canning method but we’ve got you covered with some tips below.

    Canning 101: 

    Canning is simply the process of preserving food in jars to become shelf stable. To do this you need to use clean and intact jars and submerge them in a boiling water bath for a specified period of time. This process eliminates any oxygen from the jars making the food shelf stable. However, this lack of oxygen could create a dangerous environment for the growth of a bacteria called botulism. This is super rare and can be prevented by following a few basic rules to assure you are canning safely. Once of the most important aspects of canning is to make sure that your food has a high level of acid. If the food isn’t naturally high in acid, like say cucumbers, you need to create a pickle liquid that is high in acid, like one that is made up of vinegar, to assure that nothing dangerous can grow in your processed jars. Below are some tips to help you safely process your pickles:

    1. Follow the recipe. Whether it is our recipe, or a recipe from another reputable source, follow it to assure you are using the correct amount of vinegar to water.
    2. Follow the instructions: Take care to follow specific instructions when a recipe tells you to leave a certain amount of headspace or not to disturb the canning jars after they’ve been processed. They all play a roll in making sure the lid seals properly.
    3. Check to make sure that the lid has sealed after going through the canning process by pressing down in the center of the lid. If it doesn’t move when you press down on it, it has likely sealed. To take it one step further, remove the band and try to remove the lid. If it doesn’t come off easily your jar has sealed properly. You can store the jars with or without the bands on.
    4. For additional information on canning safety and procedures check out The National Center for Home Food Preservation.

    How to Make Quick Dill Pickles

    What equipment do you need to can?

    While they sell many kits and specialized pieces of equipment to can, you really need just a few basic things to start. If you feel like you are going to process a lot of fruits and vegetables, it might make sense to invest in them, but if you are just starting out begin with this small list:

    1. A large pot that will leave fit a pint sized jar (on a rack) with 1-2 inches of space above it for the water to boil.
    2. A rack that can rest in the bottom of the pot to prevent the jars from cracking while they are being processed.
    3. Mason jars that are made for canning, such as Ball or Kerr jars. We prefer pints because they require a shorter processing time, so tend to make crisper pickles.
    4. Brand new lidsYou cannot reuse old lids when you are canning.
    5. Bands. They can be new or old, but just make sure they are not rusting.
    6. Tongs or a utensil to safely remove hot jars from hot water. They make jar lifters that do come in handy, but we made do without one.
    7. A funnel to easily pour pickle liquid into the jars. We also made do without this, but it can make it easier.

    Canning Cucumbers to Make Quick Dill Pickles

    How long do you have to boil jars for canning?

    Each recipe should give you a specific instruction on how long to process each jar. It depends on what you are processing. For our recipe we are processing pints, so we recommend to process for 15 minutes in boiling water, and then let sit for 5 more minutes before removing to rest for 12-24 hours because checking the seal.

    How do you sterilize canning jars?

    You can clean jars, lids and bands in warm soapy water and then place in water to boil for 5 minutes. The lids and bands do not have to be warm when beginning the process of canning, but the jars do, so if it’s best to leave them at a temperate of at least 180ºF after sanitizing. The jars need to be warm to prevent them from breaking when your pour in the hot pickling liquid. Another method to sterilize the jars and bring them to temperature is to put them through a sanitizing cycle in the dishwasher right before you are to begin the process.

    Easy Dill Pickles

    A beginner’s Guide to Canning

    Food canning can seem daunting since there’s a little science that happens, but it is actually easy and can be great for those who have a garden or an abundance of food to use up (especially in the Summer), since you can preserve it and store it for winter when things aren’t as in season! When you properly can foods, the container will be airtight to prevent spoilage (you want that pop at the end)! Depending on the type of food, you can keep it stored for differing lengths of time, typically about a year! Canning is just so cool.

    How to Make Dill Pickles

    Have cucumbers but don’t want to make pickles? Try these cucumber recipes that we love:

     

    Easy Dill Pickles

    Easy Dill Pickles

    Total Time 0:00 Yields 3 pints

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups white vinegar
    • 2 cups water
    • 3 tablespoons pickling / kosher salt / fine sea salt (see note)
    • 6 garlic cloves
    • 6 sprigs fresh dill
    • 1-1/2 pounds pickling cucumbers, washed and dried
    • pinch red pepper flakes

    Directions

    To Make Refrigerator Dill Pickles:

    1. Begin with clean and dry mason jars. Place on a towel on the counter.
    2. In a medium sauce pan bring vinegar, water and salt to a boil.
    3. Meanwhile prepare cucumbers: Slice off the top and the bottom so that they fit into the pint jar with 1/2" of space below the top of the jar. Then slice in to spears.
    4. In each jar pack 2 cloves garlic, 2 sprigs dill, and as many cucumbers that will fit. 
    5. Once the pickling brine has boiled, carefully pour the hot brine into the jars. Let cool cool to room temperature uncovered.
    6. Once cooled, cover and place in refrigerator for up to 3 months. Pickles can be enjoyed the next day, but for best flavor let it sit at least 1 week.

    To Preserve Dill Pickles in Canning Jars:

    1. Begin by washing with warm soapy water 3 Ball or Kerr mason jars and BRAND NEW LIDS and seals. Inspect the jars to make sure there are no cracks or fissures anywhere
    2. Fill a large pot that is fitted with a rack with water. Make sure the pot is big enough to have water cover the pint jars on rack by 1-2 inches. Place clean jars inside of water and bring to a boil to sanitize. If using any other equipment like tongs or a funnel you can sanitize in water at this point too. Once boiled, let water sit to at least 180º until you are ready to can. An alternative method is to place all jars, lids and utensils in a dishwasher and start the canning process right before the dishwasher has finished so that by the time you are ready to can the jars are ready as well.
    3. In a medium sauce pan bring vinegar, water and salt to a boil.
    4. Meanwhile prepare cucumbers: Slice off the top and the bottom so that they fit into the pint jar with 1/2" of space below the top of the jar. Then slice in to spears.
    5. Carefully remove hot jars from canning pot (or dishwasher) and place on a clean kitchen towel on the counter.
    6. In each jar pack 2 cloves garlic, 2 sprigs dill, and as many cucumbers that will fit, taking care to leave 1/2" of headspace.
    7. Once the pickling bring has boiled, carefully pour the hot brine into the jars.
    8. Place lid in the center of the packed jar and then place on band and tighten. Repeat with remaining jars.
    9. Return packed cans to the canning pot and make sure water covers the jars by at least 1-2 inches. Bring to a boil and process for 15 minutes.
    10. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from pot and placing on a clean kitchen towel. Leave undisturbed for 12-24 hours. At some point during this time you may hear a pop, when the jar has fully sealed.
    11. After 24 hours check to make sure they have been processed correctly by pressing down on the center of the lid. It should not move at all. Additionally you can remove the band and try to gently open the lid. If it doesn't open easily it has sealed correctly. If for any reason it has not sealed correctly immediately place in the refrigerator and consume within 3 months. Properly processed pickles can keep unopened at room temperature for 1 year.

    Recipe Notes

    1. If you are new to canning and pickling, read through the entire body of the post for additional information.
    2. It's important to use a salt here that does not have an anti-caking agent added to it. Use a salt that is labeled for pickling, kosher salt without any additives or a natural sea salt with fine granules.
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    Have you tried canning?!

    Thai Turkey Burgers with Spicy Sriracha Slaw

    These Thai Turkey Burgers with Spicy Sriracha Slaw are our new favorite low carb and paleo-friendly dinner! You can grill them outside or inside on your grill pan, and then serve them as low carb thai turkey burger bowls, or as a lettuce wrapped burger! The spicy slaw is packed with veggies and mango for a sweet and spicy crunch! This dinner is a must-make!

    Thai Turkey Burgers and Slaw

    Thai Turkey Burgers with Spicy Sriracha Slaw

    I am all about these thai turkey burgers right now! The dish takes a quick 30 minutes to put together but is full of exotic flavors to make a weeknight meal special. You can enjoy the last of the summer weather we are having and take this outside to prepare on the grill or savor this dish all year long and make on the grill pan inside. The burgers are flavorful and moist and a great low carb dinner!

    Thai Turkey Burgers and Slaw

    We wanted to keep the accompanying slaw simple so we prepared this using a pre-shredded broccoli and carrot slaw mix, but if you don’t have this readily available go ahead and shred some using a food processor or a box grater. The mangos REALLY make this side dish stand out but just make sure to use a perfectly ripe one so it adds the right amount of sweetness.

    Thai Turkey Burgers and Slaw

    You can serve them as lettuce wrapped burgers for the perfect low carb dinner that satisfies!

    Thai Turkey Burgers and Slaw

    Or make it into a low carb burger bowl with the slaw, cauliflower rice, avocado, red onion, and ribboned cucumber drizzled with a little extra sriracha. PERFECT!

    Thai Turkey Burgers and Slaw

    Want other burger recipes? Try these favorites:

    Thai Turkey Burgers with Spicy Sriracha Slaw

    Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 00:30 Serves 4

    Ingredients

    For Burgers

    For Sriracha Slaw

    • 1/3 cup avocado oil mayo
    • 1 tablespoon Sriracha, plus more to taste
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1" piece ginger, minced
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, more to taste
    • 1 12oz bag broccoli and carrot slaw (or 4 cups shredded broccoli and carrots)
    • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
    • 1/2 cup cilantro, picked, cleaned and sliced

    Optional Garnishes

    • Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves, cleaned
    • Cauliflower rice, sautéed
    • Avocado slices
    • Thinly sliced cucumber

    Directions

    1. In a large bowl combine ground turkey with coconut amino, ginger, chili garlic sauce and salt and mix well to combine. Form into 4 patties. If the turkey mixture is sticky, wet your hands before forming each patty.
    2. Grease grill pan (or outdoor grill, if using) and heat to medium heat. Place burgers onto the grill pan and cook for 6 to 7 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked through and has reached an internal temperature of 165ºF. 
    3. Meanwhile in a large bowl whisk together mayo, sriracha, lime juice, ginger, garlic and salt. Add in broccoli slaw, cilantro and mango and toss to combine.
    4. Serve burgers hot in a lettuce wrap with avocado and slaw, or in a burger bowl with cauliflower rice, slaw and cucumber.
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    Detox Smoothie Freezer Packs

    This Detox Smoothie Freezer Pack is one of my favorites! A delicious make-ahead smoothie that is full of cleansing whole foods like pineapple, celery, cucumber, chia seeds, honey and lemon to nourish your body and assist with detox. This easy and healthy smoothie is the perfect start to your day.

    detox smoothieDetox Smoothie

    We are on week 4 of our Make-Ahead Freezer Smoothie Pack series! If you are a long-time reader of mine, you know that I believe that food can play a big part in not only keeping the body healthy, but also healing the body. This Detox Smoothie Freezer Pack is the end of a series of 4 nutritionally-minded smoothies packs that target specific health benefits. For the finale we’ll do a round-up and a bonus guide to making 30 Smoothie Freezer Packs that are budget friendly!

    most powerful detox foods

    This week we’re talking about how important it is to eat foods that naturally assist your body with detoxing!

    Toxins are EVERYWHERE in our environment and unfortunately in the foods we eat. Our liver and kidneys naturally do a great job at detoxing, but it is also helpful to include foods that assist the body in detoxing. I have personally dealt with a lot of bloating throughout my gut healing journey so we wanted to incorporate some cleansing and de-bloating ingredients into this smoothie!

    Best Detox and Cleansing Foods

    Luckily there are a lot of of foods that assist in detoxing! Some popular ones are teas, citrus and seeds. Today in our smoothie we’re using pineapple, celery, cucumber, chia seeds, honey and lemon!

    What is the best detox for your body

    Check out the rest of the make-ahead smoothie freezer pack series:

    Detox Smoothie Freezer Packs

    Prep Time 00:05 Total Time 00:07 Serves 1-2

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
    • 1 stick celery, chopped in to 4 pieces
    • 2" piece of cucumber
    • 1 tablespoon chia seed
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1/2 cup coconut water (more as needed)
    • 1/2 cup coconut milk
    • 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)

    Directions

    To Make Freezer Packs:

    1. Place all ingredients except coconut milk and coconut water into a freezer safe bag. Freeze until ready to use, up to 1 month.

    To blend:

    1. Combine all ingredients, including coconut milk and coconut water in a high speed blender.
    2. Blend until creamy, adding additional coconut water if necessary.
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    Tomato Cucumber Salad with Crispy Chickpeas (& Green Yogurt Dressing)

    This Tomato Cucumber Salad with Crispy Cumin Chickpeas & Green Yogurt Dressing is my new favorite cucumber tomato salad to date. This vegetarian cucumber salad is made with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, easy pickled onions, crunchy cumin roasted chickpeas, and paired with an amazing dairy-free yogurt dressing that is packed with herbs. Made in partnership with Silk Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative.

    Cucumber Tomato Salad

    Cucumber Tomato Salad

    I am excited to partner with Silk today for this recipe. We absolutely love using Silk Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative in our recipes! It’s creamy and mimics traditional yogurt perfectly, especially for yogurt dressing! There are five delicious flavors in single-serve cups which have 5-6g protein from California almonds. They also now have NEW Almondmilk 24oz tubs (Plain & Vanilla) which are great for a variety of occasions. All these products have 7-8g protein from California almonds and offer a smooth, creamy texture!

    Dairy Free Yogurt Salad Dressing Recipe

    How do you make a tomato cucumber salad

    This salad is:

    • Flavorful
    • Fresh
    • Packed with a crunch
    • Nutritious
    • Great for a party

    How do you make a tomato cucumber salad ingredients

    Use Silk’s store locator to find Silk Almond Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative in your area, and visit https://silk.com/spoonfulofsilk for a coupon!

    Dairy Free Yogurt Salad Dressing

    How do you make crispy chickpeas:

    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Drain and rinse chickpeas really well. Pour on to clean kitchen towel and rub chickpeas dry. The skins will start to loosen.
    3. Place dried chickpeas in large bowl leaving behind any skins. Add 1 tablespoon oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Place chickpeas on baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
    4. Place chickpeas back in bowl and toss to coat with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, cumin, garlic powder and lemon zest. Place back on baking sheet and continue baking for 5 minutes.  Let cool.

    Tomato Cucumber Salad with Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

    If you like this salad recipe, you’ll also love these fresh salads:

    Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Green Yogurt Dressing

    Prep Time 00:20 Cook Time 00:45 Total Time 1:05 Yields 4

    Ingredients

    For Crispy Chickpeas

    • 2-15oz cans chickpeas
    • 2 tablespoon oil, divided
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • Zest from 1 lemon

    For Quick Pickled Red Onion

    For Green Yogurt Dressing

    • 1 1/2 cup Silk Almond Milk Plain Yogurt
    • 3 garlic cloves
    • 1/4 cup cilantro
    • 1/4 cup dill
    • 1/4 cup parsley
    • 2 scallions, roughly chopped
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

    For Base Salad

    • 3 tomatoes, rough chopped
    • 1/2 large english cucumber or 1 cucumber, sliced
    • 1 cup roasted red pepper, rough chopped
    • 1 cup pickled red onion or pepperoncini (see notes)
    • 1 scallion, sliced
    • 1 cup feta (optional)

    Directions

    Make chickpeas: 

    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Drain and rinse chickpeas really well. Pour on to clean kitchen towel and rub chickpeas dry. The skins will start to loosen.
    3. Place dried chickpeas in large bowl leaving behind any skins. Add 1 tablespoon oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Place chickpeas on baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
    4. Place chickpeas back in bowl and toss to coat with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, cumin, garlic powder and lemon zest. Place back on baking sheet and continue baking for 5 minutes. 
    5. Let cool.

    Make Quick-Pickled Red Onion:

    1. Put 2 cups water in medium sauce pan and bring to boil.
    2. Place 3/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup water, salt, honey and peppercorns in mason jar.
    3. Once water has boiled, turn off heat and place in onion slices. Leave in hot water for 1 minute.
    4. Drain and using tongs place blanched onions inside mason jar.
    5. Place in refrigerator to cool at least 30 minutes.

    Make Dressing:

    1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until dressing just starts to tint green.

    Assemble Salad: 

    1. Toss tomato, cucumber, roasted peppers, scallions, optional feta and 1 cup pickled onions and season to taste with sea salt and ground pepper.
    2. Add 1/3 cup of dressing and toss.
    3. When ready to serve top with crispy chickpeas.

    Recipe Notes

    1. This salad taste phenomenal with the pickled red onion, but if you preferred to skip this step you can swap it out with pepperoncini.
    2. This salad is best served the day it is made, but if you prefer to make ahead for meal prep keep the chickpeas separate and add when ready to serve only to ensure crispness.
    3. Crispy chickpeas will keep for 5 days at room temperature in a sealed jar.
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    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.