Chickpea

  

How good does this look?! This flavoursome and healthy salad is the perfect accompaniment to any bbq - whether it be at home, or on your next holiday house stay!

  

To make it super simple and convenient, we recommend you use tinned chickpeas - the flavour is still fresh and delicious – but you can use fresh chickpeas if you prefer.

 

I find that this salad is particularly tasty with honey soy chicken kebabs and some red meat on the bbq! I also like to serve alongside another super simple salad that contains only 3 ingredients because it provides a tasty variation in flavours (you can view the recipe here).

 

 

 

Ingredients:

 

1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped.

 

1-2 small fresh red chillies (the hot variety), deseeded.

 

1 ripe tomato, finely chopped.

 

1 lemon

 

410 g tinned chickpeas, drained,

 

1 handful fresh mint , finely chopped.

 

1 handful fresh green basil, finely chopped.

 

100 g feta cheese

 

Olive oil (1 tbsp)

 

Method:
1. Get out a large fry pan and once heated up, add the chickpeas. Stir occasionally while you prepare the rest of the salad. The aim is to keep cooking these until they are a little crispy (without burning them!).

 

2. While your chickpeas cook, de-seed your two small red chillies and finely dice these along with your red onion and ripe red tomato and scrape these (including the juice) into a bowl and set aside. 

 

3. Rinse and finely chop the mint and green basil together and then set aside in the same bowl as the other diced ingredients.

 

4. Dress all the diced ingredients with the juice of half a lemon and 2 tablespoons of good extra virgin olive oil.

 

5. Return to the chickpeas, which should be cooked by now and add 90 percent of them to a bowl and set aside until cooled.

 

6. Leave the remaining 10 percent of the chickpeas in the pan and mush them up with a wooden spoon. Then add them to the bowl with the other chickpeas (this will provide a nice creamy consistency).

 

7. Once the chickpeas are room temperature, add them to the salad ingredients you have set aside and stir until combined.

 

8. Finally, hand crumble the danish feta into the salad.

 

Remember, presentation is everything…so place on a nice serving dish… now your salad is ready to eat!