Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chickpea, tomato, lemon and mint salad

Chickpea, tomato, lemon and mint salad / Salada de tomate, grão-de-bico, limão siciliano e hortelã

Another year, another Carnival ... and another salad – savory, this time – after tons of food and booze. :)

Again, mint is the refreshing agent around here – I never knew it would go so well with tomatoes. Just delicious.

Chickpea, tomato, lemon and mint salad
from The Commonsense Kitchen

1 tablespoon olive oil
½ red onion, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 cups cooked chickpeas, well drained
2 cups diced ripe red tomatoes, seeds removed
juice and finely grated zest of ½ lemon
pinch of hot red pepper flakes
½ cup loosely packed mint leaves, coarsely chopped – set aside a few whole leaves for decoration
¼ cup coarsely chopped parsley
freshly ground black pepper
extra-virgin olive oil

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic with a little salt and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the chickpeas and cook until they are dry. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
Before serving, gently toss in the tomatoes, lemon zest and juice, pepper flakes, mint, parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve.

Serves 2-4


Priya Suresh said...

Beautiful and yummy salad..

Alina---Explora Cuisine said...

Sounds very refreshing, lemon and mint, lovely combination :)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I'm saving this one for the summer, when the mint runs wild in my garden.

Maria @ Scandi Foodie said...

This is a beautiful classic. I went through a chickpea mania and this dish might just spike it back! Delicious :-)

Kankana said...

This is gorgeous and indeed savory!

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls said...

What a beautiful salad! Love the colors!

Mary xx
Delightful Bitefuls

Mindy said...

I love any salad with chickpeas! Beautiful photograph!

Cakewhiz said...

Healthy and colorful...what more can a girl ask for? ;)
And all the pictures in your blog are splendid!

Min {Honest Vanilla} said...

I'm seriously in love with your cutleries :) Oh and of course the dish, I almost bought chickpeas today but changed my mind... I'm regretting it now! Hehe

susan said...

Yummy, yum, yum! This is my kind of salad. Patricia, I love the color combination, the freshness of the tomatoes and the chickpeas. My husband would kiss me if I made him this!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Priya, thank you!

Explora Cuisine, thank you! The mint adds a very fresh note.

Lydia, I hope you like it, sweetie!

Maria, thank you! I love chickpea too! :D

Kankana, thank you for stopping by!

Mary, thank you!

Mindy, thank you!

Cakewhiz, thank you! You are far too kind. :D

Min, thank you for stopping by! I'm glad you are enjoying it here! :D

Suz, I am sure your hubby and your sons are very spoiled people, sweetie! :D

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