During one of our mega-shopping trips to Whole Foods, I bagged about 5 pounds of dried organic chickpeas with the idea we were going to make a lot of hummus and Indian food. BTW, once you go cooked-from-scratch chickpeas, you never go back to canned. Anyway, three months later and there is still about 3 pounds of chickpeas hanging around. Today I improvised and came up with a vegan chickpea salad that I could have for lunch. And it was no less than awesome. Even Bobzilla liked it, going for second dips after the first taste.
It is kinda, sorta like traditional chickpea salad, but I added some tahini to give it a creamy-but-vegan texture and generous amounts of cayenne pepper because its compulsory in our household.
Anyway, here it is:
1 cup dried chick peas, soaked overnight
1 green bell pepper, finely diced
1 small or ½ large white or red onion, finely diced
2 medium roma tomatoes, diced
small handful flat leaf or curly parsley
2 small or 1 large clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp kosher salt
juice 1 lemon
2 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 TB tahini
1/8 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (I'd use more)
Ground black pepper, about 6-7 twists on the grinder
Drain chickpeas and thoroughly rinse. Put chickpeas in medium saucepan and add fresh cold water to pan, topping the beans by about 2 inches. Add a generous amount salt and boil. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for at least 1 hour or until beans are tender and divine. More more water may need to be added during the cooking process, depending on how thirsty the beans are, so keep an eye on them.
While beans are cooking, chop up all vegetables, garlic and parsley and throw it all into large mixing bowl. In small mixing bowl, whisk together lemon juice, tahini, oil, salt, pepper and other spices.
Once beans are cooked, drain and rinse with cold water until warmish. Add beans to vegetable bowl. Pour dressing over top and toss until well-mixed. Adjust salt, pepper and spices to suit personal taste. Toss/stir each time before serving to properly distribute dressing.
Add finely chopped jalapeno, cukes, kamut or cooked brown rice, feta cheese and/or olives.