chickpea guacosalsa or salsamole

Chickpea saslamole

Chickpea saslamole

This afternoon Clio and I walked to school to pick up the boys, as we always do. I looked down at her, and she seemed very serious, head down, ears bobbing as earnestly as ears can bob. Yes, she has a light elegant gait and shiny white socks, but at this moment her pace was very businesslike. She had somewhere to be, and she was determined to get there. Dogged, I thought, Clio is demonstrating the definition of dogged.


I know that Clio considers walking the boys to and from school her job. She knows by some mysterious internal clock when it’s time to get them, and if I make any move around that time, she follows me frantically, worried that she’ll be left behind. What a wonderful work ethic she has! She knows where she’s going and she heads there at a relatively steady pace. If you were, oh, I don’t know, writing a novel, say, this would be the equivalent of writing a little bit every day, forcing yourself to write a few pages so that you will get where you’re going in a timely manner. We don’t take the same route every time, but we always arrive in the same place. She’s happy to let the walk take her where it will as long as we’re headed towards the school, but if I try to turn in the wrong direction she stops. She looks at me with serious, wondering eyes, she won’t move. She’s goal-oriented, but she’s willing to explore different options in achieving that goal. She’s willing to let herself get distracted by important things, like squirrels or sparrows, she’ll gladly stop to greet a friend, but she always has one paw back on the path, ready to continue the journey. Most of all, Clio’s work is full of the weighty buoyant responsibility of love. She enjoys the walk, sure, and she doesn’t mind the wait at the other end, as long as she has a few sticks to chew on. But the real reward is leaping happily on the boys when they finally emerge from the school. Her love for them has brought her out, in every kind of weather, when the sidewalks were slick with rain or treacherous with slush and ice. She’s joyfully, bouncingly dogged. She’s a true amateur.

Chickpea salsamole

Chickpea salsamole

This is so easy, so delicious, and so versatile. It’s a little like guacamole, a little like salsa, and a little like a cool chickpea salad. You could add anything you want to this! Garlic, raw or roasted, onions or chives, jalapeños, olives, capers, hot sauce, cheese…anything! I used cilantro from our garden and beautiful golden oregano from the CSA that we belong to. I like this to stuff inside a pita or tortilla with some croquettes or beans and rice.

Here’s Uncle Tupelo with I Want to be your Dog. I LOVE this cover!

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch chunk
2 or 3 small sweet peppers, yellow, red and orange, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
small handful of fresh cilantro chopped
a few teaspoons of fresh oregano, chopped
lime juice, to taste
salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper.

Combine everything in a bowl, and mix lightly, careful not to crush the avocado. And that’s it!!


3 thoughts on “chickpea guacosalsa or salsamole

  1. Claire, that looks delicious! I’m going to make it this week. Last week I made a simple quinoa, black bean, cherry tomato, mushroom dish and we used it with eggs, with pork chops, and on its own. This chickpea dish looks like that! (Except avocado browns, so I would make only a small batch.) And Clio is a beautiful girl. Is she a Great Dane?

    • Lisa, that sounds tasty–earthy but bright with the tomatoes.

      I’m not sure what Clio is! She seems Dane-ish sometimes, but she only weighs 42 pounds. Who knows?! I’d love to see her mom and dad.

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