2 cans chickpeas/garbanzo beans
4 ribs celery, diced
½ red onion, diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (or other fresh herb of your choice)
¼ cup chopped curly or Italian parsley
1 avocado, small diced (optional)
1 bunch collard greens
1 package corn tortillas
½ cup raw, plain cashews (or other nut) soaked in ½ cup water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons apple cider or rice vinegar
1 tablespoon prepared/wet mustard
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1-2 teaspoons kelp powder (optional)
- Place the nuts for the dressing in your blender and add the ½ cup water.
- Set aside and let soak while you are chopping and preparing the other ingredients.
- Place the drained chickpeas into your food processor bowl and pulse briefly, just until beans are broken up and sticking together slightly (around 6 pulses).
- Scrape into a large bowl and toss with the celery, onion, basil, parsley and avocado (if using).
- Blend the dressing ingredients (soaked nuts and water, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, garlic powder and kelp powder, if using) in a high-speed blender until smooth.
- Add this to the bowl of beans and vegetables, and mix thoroughly.
- Serve in corn tortillas or wrapped in collard green leaves.
- (To prepare leaves: after washing and trimming off end stem, place each leaf in boiling water for 2-3 minutes to soften; remove, drain and pat dry before filling and wrapping. Tuck ends in as you roll, then cut in half to resemble sushi rolls.)
Notes: For a salt-free mustard, look for Westbrae Natural brand. / For salt-free canned beans, look for Eden or Whole Foods brands. / Meyer lemons are great to use when they are in season. / Look for corn tortillas that are made with only corn, water and lime as their ingredients. / Adding kelp powder gives the salad a slight fishy flavor. Find kelp powder in the bulk herb section of health food stores.
Preparation: 15 minutes; cooking: just a few minutes for the collard leaves; serves: 6