Chickpea Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 small red onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1–2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 2 handfuls of ripe red or yellow tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2–3 lemons
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, drained, or around 4 large handfuls of soaked (overnight) and cooked chickpeas
  • Fresh peas, or snow peas
  • a handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • a handful of fresh green or purple basil, finely ripped
  • 200g feta cheese

Directions

  1. Mix the tomatoes, onion and chillies in a bowl.
  2. Dress with the juice of 2 lemons and about 3 times as much good quality extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste.
  3. Heat the chickpeas in a pan, then add 90 per cent of them to the bowl. Mush up the remaining chickpeas and add these as well – they will give a nice creamy consistency. Allow to marinate for a little while and serve at room temperature.
  4. Just as you’re ready to serve, give the salad a final dress with the fresh coriander, basil and peas. Taste one last time for seasoning – you may want to add more lemon juice at this point. Place on a serving dish and crumble over with the feta.
  5. Enjoy with irresponsible amounts of New Zealand pinot gris!

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