Chopped Salad w/ Avocado Ranch & BBQ Chickpeas


Sometimes I need a salad that is going to satisfy. Here’s one that will leave you feeling no sense of deprivation whatsoever. This recipe is inspired by this one over at The Garden Grazer.

Chopped Salad w/ Avocado Ranch & BBQ Chickpeas

  • Servings: Makes 1 Serving
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Each Serving Contains:

  • 1 Veggie Serving (adjust quantity to your individual food plan)
  • 1 Protein Serving
  • 1 Fat Serving


Veggie Serving

Combine any of the following chopped veggies to reach your desired veggie amount.

  • Chopped romaine lettuce
  • Corn (fresh or frozen)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Shredded carrots
  • 2-3 green onions

Protein Serving

Fat Serving

  • 1 serving (2.5 oz) Avocado Ranch Dressing (contains 1/2 fat)
  • Complete your fat serving with another 1 oz of avocado, or 0.25 oz of nuts.

Condiments & Spices

Maintenance Modifications

  • Grain Additions: Add quinoa to the salad, or try Ezekiel toast cut up into croutons!
  • Protein Additions: Increase the amount of chickpeas, or add some nuts.
  • Fat Additions: Add nuts or avocado.


  1. Make the dressing in a blender cup or food processor.
  2. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, simmer the chickpeas in BBQ sauce for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, chop the veggies and toss with the dressing.
  4. Top with the warm chickpeas.
  5. If storing leftovers, store the dressing, chickpeas, and salad separately for the freshest leftovers the next day.

Recipe Source: Katie’s Bright Kitchen


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  1. Love the addition of the BBQ chickpeas! I’m going to try that on my salad πŸ˜ƒπŸ™Œ

  2. Wow, great salad, must be very tasty!!

  3. Where can I find the recipe for the dressing?

  4. I am so delighted to have found you and your website, Katie! I am on Day 12 of the 14 day challenge and I have been sooooo bored with the plain food. I’m also a vegan and I find the vegan choices boring as well. I think I understand why Susan and BLE don’t provide recipes since they are trying to limit the decisions a person has to make to prepare a meal but I am a recipe oriented person and I’ve been craving different combinations of foods.

    I just made the Chopped Salad with BBQ chick peas and Avocado Dressing tonight for dressing and it was really good and filling. I’ll use the rest of the Avocado Dressing tomorrow with one of your other recipes. I can’t wait to try all your other recipes. I’m going to continue one more week of BLE after the 14 days and then we go on a three week cruise. Although I will be eating Vegan, there is no way I’m going to try to stay on BLE. It will be challenging enough just to find good, vegan food. When I get back, I’ll probably go back to BLE for awhile. I haven’t decided if or when I will ever do the 8 week challenge.

    Thanks, Katie–you made my day!

    Linda G.

  5. Katie, I hope you are still writing this blog! I am new to BLE. I have kept my bright lines for a month now and have lost a significant amount of weight. I am however struggling to get out of the very simple box of eating. This is such an inspiration for me!! Thank you, thank you for all of your hard work. I hope you know what’s blessing this blog is!!!