This salad has a long history. Very long.
It started about three (maybe four?) years ago when I ate dinner with an excellent cook named Batya. She made a salad with some roasted vegetables and chickpeas, and I absolutely loved it. I went home and copied it, and served it to my sister. My sister loved it, and made it again, for me, when I visited her. Then I forgot about this salad, and I thought my sister did too. Fast forward a couple of years, when I spent the weekend at my sister’s house. As I have mentioned many, many times here, I am constantly dieting. My sister, in an attempt to make healthy foods that I can eat, scraped the bottom of her memory barrel and came up with this recipe, all over again.
I ate it at her house, and couldn’t figure out why I hadn’t included this in the list of foods I regularly eat. I went home and recreated this salad. I added some things, took away some others, and came up with one of the most amazing chickpea salads ever. It’s fantastically easy, too, as it is one dish that includes both your protein and your vegetable!
Now, I’m about to let you in on a little secret: I don’t like tomatoes. No, for real, I can’t stand them. In anything. Except this salad. Maybe it’s because they are cooked, maybe the rest of the awesomeness made up for it, who knows? All I know is that I have a new favorite lunch. Try it, and maybe you will too!
Roasted Vegetable Chickpea Salad:
2-3 red peppers (depending on their size)
3 plum tomatoes
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cans chickpeas
Preheat oven to 375. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Chop the tomatoes and peppers into evenly sized small chunks. Slice shallots into half rings. Toss vegetables with minced garlic, olive oil, salt, herbs and pepper.
Spread vegetable mix in a roughly single layer on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, open the two cans of chickpeas, drain all of the liquid from the can, and rinse well with warm water. Drain completely. (I like to lay the chickpeas on a couple sheets of paper towel to make sure they are completely dry.) Place chickpeas in a large mixing bowl.
When vegetables are soft and just starting to brown, remove from oven. Pour the entire contents of the tray into the bowl with the chickpeas. (Make sure to get all of the oil, as this will become the “dressing” for your salad.) Toss the vegetables with the chickpeas.
This salad is delicious served warm when freshly made, but believe it or not, it is possibly even better served cold the next day, after all of the flavors have had a chance to seep in.
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