Chickpeas, Asparagus & a Splash of Lemon Salad

Chickpeas, Asparagus and a Splash of Lemon Salad
Inspired by Molly Wizenberg's recipe in Bon Appetit April 2011

So Ms. Molly, who's delightful blog, Orangette, I can't get enough of, had a chickpea salad recipe published in the April issue of Bon Appetit. It caught my fancy especially considering the case of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) I have in the garage that needs to be used up. Of course, I had to give it my own twist such as adding asparagus to it and setting it on a bed of lettuce. Simply delightful. A welcome change from all the winter food we've been having for so so long.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sm/med garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice - 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • palmful of Italian parsley, coarsely chopped (approx 1 tbsp)
  • 1 15 oz can garbanzo/chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • roasted asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch segments, about 6 or whatever you have in the fridge
  • 1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
  • couple handfuls of baby greens

Directions:
Whisk together your garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and parsley. If you have time, I would set this mixture aside and let the flavors "meld" for at least 10 minutes or up to an hour but if there is no extra time to be had you can continue on with delicious results.

Gently stir in your chickpeas, asparagus and Parmesan.

Spoon onto a bed of baby greens or whatever greens you love.

Munch away. Enjoy...

PS: A dear friend of mine told me that her sister mixed together garbanzo/chickpeas, sliced cherry tomatoes, olive oil and kosher salt this past weekend and served it alongside grilled steaks.
 

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