Chickpea and Feta Salad

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Chickpea and Feta Salad
New Kosher Cuisine

Chickpea and Feta Salad

With its mix of red, green, and white ingredients, this makes a colorful luncheon dish or appetizer. I love to make it in the summer when fresh herbs are plentiful.

6
Servings
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
8 appetizer servings or 6 luncheon servings

Notes

When seeding chile peppers, Nash advises wearing thin plastic gloves to avoid irritating your skin or eyes.

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 Pound dried chickpeas
  • 2 kirby cucumbers
  • 2 small red chiles
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup loosely packed mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • Mâche or arugula
  • 1/2 Pound feta, cut into small cubes

For the dressing

  • 5-6 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more dressing for dressing the garnish
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

For the salad

Place the chickpeas in a bowl, cover with cold water, and soak overnight.

Drain the chickpeas and place them in a large saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to boil over high heat. Lower the heat and cook, partially covered, until they are soft, about 35 minutes. Drain in a sieve and place in a large bowl.

Trim the ends of the cucumbers. Cut the cucumbers in ½ lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut the cucumbers into ½-inch cubes. Combine them with the chickpeas.

Cut the chiles in ½ lengthwise, then core, seed, and finely chop (see note). Combine them with the chickpeas and cucumbers, and add the onion, mint, and cilantro.

For the dressing

Mix the lemon juice and zest, oil, and honey. Toss with the salad and season to taste with the salt and pepper. Place the dressed salad on a bed of mâche sprinkled with extra-virgin olive oil. Top with the feta and serve.

Chickpea Shopping Tip

Legumes are high in a number of nutrients, especially protein and fiber – filling you up with relatively few calories.

Chickpea Cooking Tip

Beans are done when they can be easily mashed with a fork – make sure to test a few in case they have not cooked evenly.