This simple, beautiful salad was part of the birthday lunch prepared for me in Provence by my friend Angela. I am missing France right now, so I thought making this salad would help. Freshly cooked chickpeas combine with red onion, bright parsley, and a simple vinaigrette to make a knockout salad, perfect for a hot summer’s day or evening.
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Provencal chickpea salad
- 2 cups chickpeas dried, (250 g) garbanzo beans
- 1/2 cup onions finely chopped, red (65 g)
- 1 bunch Italian flat-leaf parsley (fresh)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 cup olive oil (extra virgin) organic
- 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar walnut or white wine vinegar
- 2-4 tbsp mustard (prepared) Dijon (30-60 g)
- Soak the chickpeas in filtered water for twelve hours (overnight). Drain and rinse.
- Put in a heavy cooking pot and cover with about 4 C. (1 L) filtered water. Bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer with the lid on for 40 minutes until tender. Taste at 30 minutes. They should be tender to the bite but not mushy. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain thoroughly before adding to the serving bowl.
- Peel the onion and finely chop. Soak in ice water for ten minutes, then drain thoroughly.
- Wash and spin dry the parsley or roll up in a kitchen towel to dry. Finely chop.
- Put all the dressing ingredients—garlic through mustard—in a jar with a tightly fitting lid and shake until emulsified.
- Put the drained chickpeas in a serving bowl with the parsley and drained onion. Pour over the dressing and toss until combined. Taste and add freshly cracked black pepper.
- 243 calories
- 15 g fat
- 0 g cholesterol
- 95 mg sodium (use less mustard or lower-sodium mustard to reduce this further)
- 64 mg potassium
- 19 g carbohydrate
- 4 g fiber
- 3 g sugars
- 7 g protein
- 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus