Sunday, October 5, 2008

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

What is a chickpea? Chickpeas are also called garbanzo beans. 

The chickpea was originally cultivated on the lands bordering Mesopotamia and the eastern Mediterranean.  Canned chickpeas are  usually the convenient choice. 

Nutrition - Chickpeas as well as other legumes are high in fiber. Soluble fiber acts as a scrub brush, cleaning the digestive system. This type of fiber also decreases serum glucose and cholesterol and decreases insulin requirements for people with diabetes.

1 Can (15oz) Chickpeas, rinsed & drained (also called garbonzo beans)
1/2 small red onion-quartered and very thinly sliced
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 roasted pepper, chopped
3 plumb tomatoes, chopped
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Toss to mix and allow to stand
at room temperature for 10 minutes for flavors to marry. This serves 8.
leftovers are good too.


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