Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Persian Chickpea Salad

So I got this amazing recipe from my friend, Lourdes. It is so delicious I could eat it all day.  Luckily, it's not that bad for you either.  But here's the kicker:  The main ingredient is chickpeas and my husband seems to have developed an allergy to them.  I'm afraid most of the rest of my family will refuse to try it.  Here's the thing; there are lots of ingredients in this that most people wouldn't think go together.  Mint, cumin, cayenne, lemon juice, cinnamon.  But I tell you, if you're looking for a light, vegetarian, summer meal that comes together quickly, this is for you.

Persian Chickpea Salad

1 lemon
1 T olive oil (I substituted grapeseed oil, I thought the flavor might be better in it.)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper

1 Can (19 oz) chickpeas
1/2 small red onion
1 4-in. piece seedless cucumber
3 plum tomatoes
2 T thinly sliced fresh mint
2 oz queso fresco or feta cheese (I used feta.  I love feta.)

Toasted pita bread

1. For dressing, juice lemon to measure 3 T juice.  Whisk together lemon juice, oil, cinnamon, cumin,salt, and cayenne pepper in bowl.

2. For salad, drain and rinse chickpeas in colander.  Chop onion half and place in strainer, rinse under cold running water.  Drain onion and pat dry with paper towel.

3. Chop cucumber; seed and chop tomatoes.  Add chickpeas, onions, cucumber, and tomatoes to dressing; toss to coat.  Thinly slice mint and fold into salad.

4. Dice queso fresco.  Serve each salad in toasted pita bread, topped with queso fresco or feta.

Yield: 4 servings

I am going to try substituting a different kind of bean so my husband can have this.  It's so so good.  Any suggestions on what other bean I should try?


merathon said...

that sounds so yummy! i am going to try it!

maybe a white bean like a cannelini would work well?

Bubble My Licorice said...

omg this seem so tasty :)
now I'm hungry!