Chickpea Salad

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Invented on the hop for an impromptu BBQ with cupboard basics and the dregs of the fridge contents the day before Morrissons Day!

I enjoy chickpeas for diet friendly bulk, they are filling with reasonable protein and fibre content. They are also a nice summer feed for the non carnivores and just that bit tastier than beans or the dread quinoa. This mix will last well and can be made en masse to take care of your lunchbox for the week also.

Boomboom Chickpea Salad

1 can chickpeas
Half a cucumber, finely chopped
3 large ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, very very finely chopped
Juice of half a lemon
Half Tbspn virgin olive oil
Half Tbspn cider vinegar
One finely chopped red chilli or 1/4 tspn chilli powder
Black pepper
Pinch salt

Basically chuck it all in a bowl, stir gently and leave to infuse flavours for an hour before serving BUT please use good, ripe tomatoes and a half decent olive oil. Double please rinse your chickpeas thoroughly before using.

Variations: swap the chilli for half tspn cumin seeds if you don’t want the heat. Bulk out into a vegetarian main by adding feta or some grilled haloumi cheese.

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