Chickpea Salad

Salad Ingredients:
1/2 – 1 cup dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans) soaked overnight and cooked (or can use 1 or 2 cans garbanzo beans, well rinsed and drained)
1 T red wine vinegar
2 tsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice (I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice.)
2 or 3 cups diced plum tomatoes, cut in 1/2 inch pieces then drained (can also use cherry tomatoes but drain well)
1/2 – 3/4 cup Kalamata olives, sliced into lengthwise slivers
1/2 cup chopped red onion (about half of a large red onion) or use sliced green onion if you prefer
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (or more; I used about 1 cup)
1/4 cup chopped parsley (or more; I used about 1 cup)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:
5 T best quality extra virgin olive oil
3 T red wine vinegar
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. fresh-ground black pepper

If you’re cooking your own chickpeas, soak chickpeas in cold water overnight or for at least 8 hours . Drain soaking water, then put beans into pan with fresh water and simmer until beans are tender. This can take from 45 minutes to several hours, depending on how fresh the beans are, so plan ahead. (You can also cook the chickpeas in a slow cooker or pressure cooker.) For canned beans, drain into colander and rinse with cold water until no more foam appears. Whether using freshly-cooked or canned beans, drain well, then place in large plastic bowl and toss with 1 T red wine vinegar and 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice.

Chop tomatoes and drain in a colander while you chop the onions and slice olives, then add drained tomatoes, chopped onions, and sliced olives to the bowl with the marinating beans.

Wash and dry basil and parsley, using salad spinner or washing in the sink and drying with paper towels. Finely chop herbs, then add to marinating salad ingredients and gently combine.

Put 3 T red wine vinegar and 1 tsp fresh lemon juice in a small bowl or glass measuring cup, then whisk in olive oil until dressing is emulsified. Stir salt and pepper into dressing. Gently mix dressing into salad, then season to taste with additional salt and fresh ground black pepper. The salad can marinate at room temperature for an hour or two before serving.

I did refrigerate leftovers with pretty good results, but it’s definitely best when freshly made and before being refrigerated.

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