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Easy Chickpea Salad

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I should preface this post with the fact that I an utterly obsessed with chickpeas. I could eat them out of the can. (I actually have, terrible, I know.) I wish more than anything I could take credit for coming up with this simple, yet delicious, chickpea concoction. It really is a testament to how a few ingredients can pack a flavorful punch.
Ingredients
  Clarified butter/Olive oil / coconut oil 1 Tablespoon
  Chickpeas 2 Cup (32 tbs), pat them completely dry with clean dish towel
  Chopped leeks 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Garlic clove 1 Medium, minced
  Lemon zest 1 Tablespoon
  Plain yogurt 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (You May Use Low Fat Greek Style)
  Curry powder 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Indian Style)
  Fine grain sea salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Warm water 2 Tablespoon
  Loosely packed fresh cilantro 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Red onion/Red sprig onions 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Toasted slivered almond 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), chopped
Directions

Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet and add the chickpeas. Saute over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until they start getting a bit golden in color. Stir in the leeks and cook until the chickpeas are more golden and the leeks have browned a bit as well, roughly 7 - 10 minutes total. At the last minute stir in the garlic and the lemon zest. Remove from heat, and set aside.

While the chickpeas cool (I like to serve this salad at room temperature), make the yogurt dressing by combining the yogurt, curry powder, and salt in a small bowl. If you need to thin it out a bit, particularly if you are using Greek yogurt, whisk in warm water a tablespoon at a time. Taste, adjust, and set aside.

When you are ready to serve the salad, toss the chickpea mixture with most of the cilantro and most of the chopped red onion. Add about 1/2 of the yogurt dressing and toss again. If you like more dressing, keep adding until you are pleased. Serve on a platter sprinkled with the remaining onions and cilantro.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
Asian
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Tossed
Dish: 
Salad
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Chickpea
Interest: 
Quick
Servings: 
2
Fond of chickpeas? Here's a great way to include them in your menu. Watch the chef share her personal favorite recipe to prepare this Easy Chickpea Salad. The recipe makes an excellent side dish and is very very impressive. Do give it a try.

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