In my family there are many vegetarians, my mother, my grandmother, a few of my aunts, the list goes on and on. If you go to one of their houses you will notice that at any given meal, you are bound to find a chickpea dish laying around. In Guyanese cuisine, chickpeas are prepared in various ways. They can sometimes be sauteed with onions and tomatoes among other spices and served as a breakfast item. It can also be an addition to aloo or potato curry and eaten with rice or roti. Another popular way of preparing it is by shallow frying a batch till crisp and having it as a snack like this. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, is a really delicious type of bean. It is my favorite type of bean and I always try to find new and exciting ways to prepare them.
I am not sure if I told you, but in my efforts to be more healthy this year, I have been trying to eat a salad before dinner each night, now if you are of Caribbean culture then you know that that sentence just does not make any sense since our cuisine is so rich in carbohydrates. Nonetheless, I have found ways to make this easy for me and I have come to realize that it doesn't always have to be green and leafy and boring, it can be exciting and flavorful and EASY. So here is a flavorful and easy-to-make salad that I know you will enjoy since it tastes just as great as it looks!
First off, did I ever tell you about this colander?
I bought it for $5! You know all these beautiful white dishes that I own are usually pretty inexpensive, I just try to look for unique items that don't look the cost ;) and it's ceramic too!
drain and rinse two cans of garbanzo beans, set aside
dice up one whole cucumber, and make sure to take the seeds out, set aside
dice up half of a red onion, you can add more or less if you like, set aside
grab a few sprigs of fresh parsley
give it a coarse chop, and yes, it is my kitchen ;)
I just love that damn cutting board! You can read all about it here
Make the dressing:
this is simple stuff with ingredients that I'm sure you have in your kitchen
now combine all the ingredients you set aside and toss together
- 2, 15.5oz cans garbanzo beans
- 1 cucumber diced
- 1/2 red onion diced (you can use as much or as little onion to suit your taste)
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp white distilled vinegar
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Drain and rinse garbanzo beans, place in large mixing bowl.
- Dice up cucumber and onions, set aside in the same bowl as garbanzo beans.
- Chop parsley and add to beans, cucumbers, and onions.
- Make the dressing by whisking together oil, vinegar, black pepper and salt.
- Pour dressing into bean mixture and toss.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving if you want it very cold.