Whether you call them chickpeas or garbanzo beans, if you're a fan, they don't get much better than this refreshingly bright salad, one of our Top 10 Recipes from 2011. Marinate chickpeas in a blend of lemon juice, olive oil and salt, then toss them with some Spanish chorizo, tomatoes and a little garlic, green onion, parsley and bell pepper. Marinate the beans first thing in the morning, then assemble the salad in the last few minutes before you sit down to eat. It makes a colorful side, or a perfect light meal.
Chickpea salad with chorizo (Garbanzos aliñados con chorizo)
Total time: 10 minutes, plus marinating time
Servings: 6 tapas or 4 salad servings
Note: Start this recipe a day or two before serving, as you'll need to allow time to soak the chickpeas before cooking, then to marinate them in the oil and lemon dressing. Or, use two jars of ready-to-eat chickpeas instead of cooking them. Drain the liquid, rinse the chickpeas in water, then add the marinade.
3 cups cooked chickpeas, drained
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
3 ounces Spanish chorizo, cut in 3/8-inch dice
1 green onion, including some of the green part, chopped
3 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
12 pitted black olives
1. Place the chickpeas in a medium bowl and toss with the salt, oil and lemon juice. Cover and set aside to marinate at least 2 hours, up to 24 hours.
2. Shortly before serving, add the parsley, garlic, chorizo, spring onion, bell pepper, tomatoes and olives. Add additional salt, if necessary. Serve cold or room temperature.
Each of 6 servings: 278 calories; 11 grams protein; 25 grams carbohydrates; 7 grams fiber; 15 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 12 mg cholesterol; 5 grams sugar; 261 mg sodium.