Friday, June 12, 2009

Recipe- Chickpea Salad

I'm going to move the ill-named recipe of the week to a weekly post. This way, when I want the recipe again, I can find it easily. This week, I am posting my new favorite recipe from Jamie Oliver's site. I love Jamie Oliver. And I love this salad. It's so good.

Summer Chickpea Salad

  1. small red onion, peeled
  2. 1-2 fresh red chillies, seeded
  3. 2 handfuls of cherry or grape tomatoes
  4. 2 lemons
  5. extra virgin olive oil
  6. sea salt
  7. freshly ground black pepper
  8. 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  9. a handful of fresh mint
  10. a handful of fresh basil
  11. 7 oz feta cheese

Finely slice the onion and chillies. Then give the tomatoes a rough chop. Scrape everything (including juices) into a bowl and then dress with the juice of 1 1/2 lemons and about 3 times as much olive oil. Season to taste. Heat chickpeas in a pan and then add 90% to the bowl. Mash the remainder into a paste and add to bowl. Add feta cheese. Toss and allow to marinate for a while. Just before serving, give the basil and mint a rough chop and add to salad. Serve at room temperature.

I don't use the chillies, but it is delightful without them. Especially with warm, crusty buttered bread.

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