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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5 Responses to “American Idol and Cupcake Hero collide…”

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    slush — May 21, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Hilarious Jen! And to use one of my own recipes. Pure genius. 😛

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    CB — May 21, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    So funny! My friend said the exact same thing you did… down the david on disney! GMTA! You’ll have to update us on who wins the cupcake idol (ie which david has the least cupcakes eate LOL)

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    ~Amber~ — May 22, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I just can not get over David A’s big cheesy grin. LOL Wonderful looking cupppy cakes.

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    Mara — May 24, 2008 at 1:29 am

    those are great!! question, how does using white wheat flour affect the cupcakes? whenever i try this with my baking it makes things so dense so i don’t bother with modifying cupcakes anymore.

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    Jen — May 24, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    The King Arthur’s white wheat flour is the only flour I use. I’ve never had a problem with it.

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