Smashed Chickpea Salad

As my “must-bake” list continues to grow, I find that I rarely save non-baked goods as favorites anymore. In an effort to try more new recipes for lunch and dinner I’ve made a conscience effort to start saving meal recipes instead of just cookies and cakes. This is one of the recipes that caught my eye.

This salad comes together in no time and is quite tasty. I forgot to add the olive oil and it was still delicious. We both really enjoyed these sandwiches for lunch one Saturday.

Smashed Chickpea Salad – from Smitten Kitchen
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons pitted, halved and very thinly sliced black olives - I omitted, we both don’t like olives
1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Zest and juice from half a lemon
Couple good pinches of salt
A few grinds of black pepper
A few glugs of olive oil

Mix everything but the olive oil in a small to midsize bowl. Very lightly smash the chickpea mixture with the back of a fork or a potato masher. You’re not looking for a hummus-like puree but something closer to a coarse chop with a few smaller bits to hold it together. Add the glugs of olive oil, mix it lightly and enjoy.

We made sandwiches with a small amount of mayo and roasted red peppers on toast. I even forgot the olive oil and it was still delicious.

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4 Responses to “Smashed Chickpea Salad”

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    Sara Therese — February 17, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Mmmmmm! I love chickpeas. Thanks for sharing!

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    Joelen — February 17, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    mmm – Thanks for sharing this! I’m always looking for ways to use chickpeas!

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    Stephanie Wagner — February 18, 2009 at 2:08 am

    This looks so tasty! I make something similar to this, but it has spinach instead of parsley. Chickpeas are awesome!

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    Julie — February 18, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I’m not a chickpea fan at all, but this makes them look good :)

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