Let’s face it…. What do we have an exorbitant amount of in our pantries right now? Beans, beans, beans. Are good for the heart. The more eat them, the more you… okay I’ll stop. But what on earth do you do with all these cans? Rest assured, I have an easy recipe for garbanzos, chick peas or as the French say…. Pois Chiches… I just love saying this word. This recipe would normally invlove a sexy creamy hummus, but it doesn’t. Just a simple salad with simple ingredients and it simply goes a long way in flavor!
I was inspired by this easy recipe while visiting my husband’s home down south in Marseille, France. His mother, AKA Momma Mignonne, is a culinary wizard and I have learned so much from her in terms of Provençal cooking style. Her love speaks in her food; albeit the simple or complex, it is like no other. With delicate care and respect for these ingredients, the transformation of home grown vegetables from the back yard garden really takes this salad to the next level. It’s truly rustic, full of flavor and a guaranteed family favorite. Delicious warm or chilled, this salad is inexpensive, healthy and simply delightful!
|Prep Time||10 minutes|
- 2 15oz chickpeas rinsed and drained
- 1 small red onion minced, roughly 1/3cup
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil more to taste
- 2 1/2 tsp sunflower oil
- 1/3 cup fresh parsley good rough chop
- 1/2 tsp sea salt more to taste
- 1/2 tsp cracked pepper more to taste
- 1 juice fresh lemon
- 1 tsp hot sauce optional, but a good scotch bonnet adds a little kick
- Rinse and drain chick peas in a strainer. In a nice clear bowl, so you can see all the beautiful colours of this simple salad, combine your onions, chick peas, garlic, parsley, cumin, salt and pepper. Slowly add olive oil and give a good stir. Add your sunflower oil and finish with the juice of one lemon. I use sunflower oil to cut the strong taste of the olive oil. Adjust your salt, pepper and cumin to your liking. A drop of hot sauce will add a little extra kick.
- Cover well with cling film and refriderate for ten minutes. Add some fresh parsley for garnish. Dig in with a spoon and simply enjoy!
Enjoy this Mediterranean salad as aperitif with a nice sparkling glass of Rosé, use as a delicious topping on a flatbread, or really raise the bar and try my Socca recipe. Now you’re really eating like the French!
Feed your body with love, love what you eat and consume the memories you create with your loved ones.