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THIS. SALAD. You guys I'm in love. Salads and I have a thing going on and this is my latest obsession. I got inspired to make a vegan version of the classic BBQ chicken salad with ranch dressing. With a little testing, I feel like I struck pure salad gold. Even my husband calls it a home run and we can't stop stuffing our cheeks with the deliciousness. It's got all the components for a flavor explosion that'll rock your taste buds. Vegan avocado ranch dressing? Check. Colorful chopped salad with sweet corn and tomatoes? Check. Tender chickpeas simmered in BBQ sauce? Ohhhh baby, check! We usually have a little dressing left over but that's a huge bonus because I love it so, so much. Use it on other salads or, my favorite, as a veggie dip!Vegan, gluten-free
Makes about 2-3 large salads

15 oz. can chickpeas
2/3 cup BBQ sauce
1 large head romaine
1 cup corn (I thaw frozen corn)
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 cup shredded carrots
2-3 green onions

{For the avocado ranch dressing}
1 avocado
1 cup almond or soy milk (plain, unsweetened)
3 Tbsp. lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1-2 cloves garlic (I use 2)
1/2 tsp. dried dill
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Salt to taste
Optional: fresh chives are amazing if you can find them!

Make the dressing: in a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Rinse and drain chickpeas. In a saucepan over med-low heat, simmer chickpeas in BBQ sauce for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, chop the romaine, tomatoes, and green onion. Place in a bowl. Add corn and carrots. Toss to combine.
When ready to assemble, distribute the salad into bowls, toss with desired amount of dressing, and top with BBQ chickpeas.

If storing leftovers, it's best if the dressing, chickpeas, and salad are stored separately. Unless you dig soggy salads - no judgement! ;)
The leftover dressing stores for about 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. (Yay veggie dip!)
This is a great make-ahead meal! Make the dressing and salad up to a day ahead of time, store separately, and just simmer the chickpeas in BBQ when you're ready to assemble.

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