Simone, the woman behind JungleFrog Cooking, is one of the people I'd love to meet in real life. Who knows if it will ever happen? I live in the States, she lives in Netherlands.
I've "known" Simone for a few years now and am always amazed at the gorgeous photographs on her blog, her willingness to answer questions and her kind comments.
When a few weeks ago I saw Simone post a photo of what looked like a salad with chickpeas, tomatoes and feta, I knew I would be making it very soon.
Simone's recipe for Griddled Courgette Carpaccio with Chickpea Salad is based on a recipe by Anjum Anand. I have made a few minor changes, and will post my ingredients and directions below.
Chickpea Salad with Feta and Tomatoes
5 yellow zucchini, sliced on diagonal about 1/4" thickness
salt & pepper
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup feta
1/4 red onion chopped finely
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 small garlic clove
2.5 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon peppers
pinch of sugar
2 teaspoons of water
1. Preheat your panini grill and brush it with oil. Add zucchini slices and grill them till you get nice marks. If you don't have a panini maker, broil your zucchini or saute in a pan.
2. Combine chickpeas, tomatoes, cilantro, feta, red onion, cumin seeds and lemon juice.
3. In a food processor, puree all of the dressing ingredients.
4. Use some of the dressing to flavor the chickpea salad (use the rest for other salads).
5. Arrange grilled zucchini slices on a plate and add the chickpea, tomato & feta salad in the middle.
What can I say? I love chickpeas, tomatoes and feta and have used them in salads before. The dressing was a bit thinner than I expected, but had a lot of flavor; plus, I love anything with pistachios. My friend Jenn and I both enjoyed this salad followed by a slice of Turtle Tart: it's all about balance, right?
If you don't eat tomatoes out of the season, save this recipe and make it next year. Or you can safely use good quality canned tomatoes.
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