A combo of bold, salty red wine Kalamata olives, creamy avocado, smoky chickpeas and sweet roasted red bell peppers packs an amazing punch of flavor. This combo could really be used any way you like. Eat it just with chips (my favorite!) or in a salad, wrap or mini baked pie crusts for an elegant presentation. Either way, you will love the bold flavors and how incredibly simple and fast it is to put together!
Author: Brandi Doming
2red bell pepperschopped
Two 13.5 oz boxes of chickpeasor 3 cups cooked chickpeas, I buy mine from Whole Foods from a box and not a can
1 1/4teaspoongarlic powder
1 1/4teaspoononion powder
1/2-3/4teaspoonfine sea saltadjust to taste
1/8-1/4teaspoonground black pepperadjust to taste
Remaining relish ingredients
Preheat an oven to 415 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Chop the bell peppers and spread out evenly on the pan. Sprinkle salt and pepper over them generously. Bake for 10-15 minutes until tender, but still firm. I removed mine at 12 minutes and they were perfect.
While the bell peppers are roasting, prepare the chickpeas. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add them to a small pot with all the spices and 1/4 cup of water. Stir well until mixed. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook just to heat through and remove once the water has basically evaporated. Taste and add any more seasoning if desired.Set aside.
Chop the avocado and olives.
Different ways to serve: 1. You can add everything to a bowl and toss together and eat with chips as a "dip". So good. 2. You can fill a tortilla wrap with the mixture and eat as tacos. 3. You can add the mixture to a salad to jazz it up. 4. Or, as in my photos, you can fill little baked pie crusts and serve as elegant appetizers, or just eat them yourself. I will be sharing my mini baked pie crust recipe soon, but in the meantime you can just get some regular tortillas and cut out circles with a 3.5 inch cookie cutter. Press them into a muffin pan and bake them at 400 degrees for about 5-10 minutes until they become crispy. Or add your own creative spin!
*Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, nut-free, low sugar*Nutrition per serving: 195.6 calories, 9 g fat, 22.3 carbs, 6.8 g protein, 2.8 g sugars