chick. chick. chickpea.

i am a big friends lover, and have no idea why i remember this, but when george clooney visited rachel and monica’s house, and they served him hummus, i remember him saying, “gotta love the chickpea” or “god bless the chickpea” or something like that. random, no? but, seriously, i do love chickpeas, and when i saw this recipe on joy the baker, knew i had to try it out. besides, i have an annoying habit of not checking my cupboards before grocery shopping. as a result, i have about 10 cans of chickpeas that must be dealt with.

spicy chickpea salad

 2 (15-ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup finely diced red onion

1/2 to 1 whole  jalapeno, deseeded and finely diced

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/3 cup roasted, salted cashews or almonds

1 ripe avocado, diced into chunks

small handful flat leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped

1 or 2 cloves of garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped (2 cloves is for garlic lovers)

1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

heaping 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard

1 teaspoon agave or honey

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

salt to taste

2 cups clean baby spinach leaves

Start by making the dressing.  In a medium bowl, with a fork, mash together garlic and salt until it forms a paste.  Blend in the mustard, agave, red wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes.  While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until mixture is thick and emulsified.  Add salt and pepper to taste (I didn’t need much at all).

In a large bowl, toss together chickpeas, onion, jalapeno, lemon zest and juice, nuts avocado and parsley.  Toss the dressing into the chickpea mixture and blend well.  Add the cleaned spinach leaves just before serving.  Serve immediately or store in a container in the refrigerator for up to three days

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