Vegetarian Mock Smoky Chicken Salad Wrap ~ Meatless Monday

I'm having fun coming up with new ways to spin one of my favorite beans, the ever popular and versatile ~ chickpea. (aka ~ garbanzo beans)  I usually turn them into a tasty Mock Tuna Salad (see my recipe ~ here), but, I was getting bored with that sandwich flavor, so...

This time I decided to spin them into a Vegetarian Mock Smoky Chicken Salad.  Using toasted walnuts and a little liquid smoke really gives this vegetarian salad a 'meaty' flavor boost.  To me, the toasted walnuts, when paired with a hint of liquid smoke, really gives a bit of bacon-y flavor.  Oh, yeah!  The cranberries add a nice sweet/tart accent and the other veggies provide a nice, cool finish.  Layer it all in a low carb tortilla, wrap it up and you've got a super lunch for your Meatless Monday.  Enjoy!

Vegetarian Mock Smoky Chicken Salad Wrap
makes 1 sandwich wrap

1/2 cup chickpeas, drained & slightly smashed
2 Tbsp low fat mayo
2 Tbsp finely diced celery
1 1/2 Tbsps chopped walnuts, toasted
1/2 Tbsp dried cranberries
1/4 tsp dried crumbled sage
1/8 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
splash lime juice
few drops of liquid smoke, or to taste
dash smoked paprika
salt & pepper, to taste

1 low carb tortilla (or you favorite kind of tortilla)
ideas for veggies inside the wrap ~ crispy leaf lettuce, sliced ripe tomatoes, avocado slices, sliced cucumber, baby spinach, sliced onion, bell pepper rings or any other veggies that float your boat...

Mix first 11 ingredients (chickpeas thru salt/pepper) in a small bowl.  Scoop the mock chicken salad into a line down the middle of your tortilla, then layer the veggies of choice on top, fold your tortilla into a sandwich wrap and enjoy your Meatless Monday lunch!

If you prefer sandwiches to wraps, just layer the salad and veggies on your favorite bread or bun... or maybe, fill a large tomato with the salad for a ~ Mock Smoky Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomato.   It's all good! 

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