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
- small red onion, peeled
- 1-2 fresh red chillies, seeded
- 2 handfuls of cherry or grape tomatoes
- 2 lemons
- extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
- a handful of fresh mint
- a handful of fresh basil
- 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.