Warm Chickpea Salad
From 5 Ingredients 10 Minutes page 175.
serves 1 hungry person
Sometimes I wish that chickpeas came in a smaller can. The problem with the standard size is that it’s not enough for 2 people but makes for a very large serving for one. I always have the best intentions with this salad but it’s so comforting and moreish that there are never any leftovers.
Think of this as a base to play around with. I think it’s perfect as is but if you don’t have almonds, most other nuts would work. Or you could leave them out all together and serve the chickpeas with a sprinkling of finely grated parmesan instead.
If you were in the mood for some greenery, a handful of salad leaves tossed through at the end wouldn’t go astray. Neither would a nice little side salad, but it is completely satisfying on it’s own.
1 clove garlic, peeled & finely sliced
1 sprig rosemary, leaves picked
pinch dried chilli flakes, optional
small handful whole almonds, almonds
1 can chickpeas, drained (400g or 14oz)
1. Heat a medium frying pan over a medium high heat. Add a few tablespoons olive oil.
2. When the oil is hot add garlic, rosemary, chilli and almonds (if using) and stir fry or a minute or so, until the garlic is just starting to brown.
3. Toss through drained chickpeas and continue to stir fry until chickpeas are warm and starting to brown up a little as well.
4. Season generously & serve warm or at room temp.
variations for dietary requirements:
nut free – Just omit the almonds, OR replace with another nut OR replace with a handful of fresh breadcrumbs.
carnivores – A few slices of proscuitto or jamon, torn and tossed in with the cheese wouldn’t go astray.
too bland – Add more salt & pepper and possibly a little more chilli.
bitter flavour – Garlic overcooked. Pick it out if you like and next time use a lower heat or cook for a shorter time.
craving some greenery? – Toss through a handful of salad leaves or even some flat leaf parsley.
Excellent. Just toss in a warm pan until heated through. Keeps well in the fridge so highly recommended for work lunches.