Cooking Hussy


Pan-fried Chickpea Salad May 10, 2009

Filed under: Salad/Side,Vegetarian — cookinghussy @ 11:02 am

Garbanzo Bean Salad 2

Heidi from 101cookbooks has a way with making dishes look absolutely delicious, which leads me to making them and finding out that yes, the dish IS delicious. So it goes for this recipe for pan-fried chickpea salad. This was great for Chris and I as a main dish, but would probably great as a side dish during an afternoon of backyard grilling.

Garbazno Bean Salad

  • 1 tablespoon  butter or olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans), pat them completely dry with clean dish towel
  • 1 cup of chopped leeks
  • 1 medium clove of garlic, minced
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons thai curry powder (I used more)
  • scant 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/2 cup of loosely packed fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion or red spring onions, chopped

“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. (I sliced up a zucchini and fried it in the pan as well and added to the salad.)

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.”

Notes: Yum! This made a lot of food though. Next time I’ll cut it in half.

Servings: 6 or so main dishes


One Response to “Pan-fried Chickpea Salad”

  1. Esther Says:

    Hi Kateri,

    I know you have 78 million things going on between now and Saturday (congrats to the thirty-third power), so I guess I’m adding another to your list.

    Which CSA did you participate in last year? I’m shopping around, and they all seem pretty comparable. Hints?

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