Crispy Chickpea Bacon Ranch Salad

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Crispy Chickpea Bacon Ranch Salad: This is a big enough salad to make a meal. Crispy bacon and chickpeas, plus cheddar, fresh crunchy veggies, and spinach and avocado. And you know it's topped with ranch! | macheesmo.com
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This is a big enough salad to make a meal. Crispy bacon and chickpeas, plus cheddar, fresh crunchy veggies, and spinach and avocado. And you know it’s topped with ranch!

Ingredients

8-10 oz. bacon
1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
6 oz. cheddar cheese, cubed
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
4-5 radishes, chopped
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1 ripe avocado, sliced
Fresh baby spinach
Ranch dressing

Directions

  1. Chop bacon and add it to a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Cook until bacon is crispy, stirring regularly. When bacon is browned and crispy, remove it from the skillet.
  2. While bacon is cooking, drain chickpeas well and rinse them. Then toss them with chili powder and paprika.
  3. When bacon is crispy, remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on a few paper towels. Then add seasoned chickpeas to the skillet with the bacon grease. Cook for about 5 minutes until chickpeas turn slightly browned and crispy. Remove them and drain on a few paper towels.
  4. While the bacon and chickpeas cook, you can prep your other ingredients. Chop veggies and cheddar and divide spinach and veggies on plates.
  5. Divide bacon and crispy chickpeas between salads and drizzle each salad with ranch dressing. Serve as an appetizer or pile it high and make a dinner out of it!