Chickpea green bean salad

26 Oct

Chickpea green bean salad

This chickpea green bean salad completely transformed my previously poor opinion of bean salads. It’s nothing like the mixed bean salads –  tough kidney beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, and mushy tinned green beans swimming in oily vinegar – that I always avoided at potlucks and salad bars.

The recipe calls for two separate dressings  – a garlicky one for the chickpeas, and a gingery one for the green beans. If time allows, it’s worth making the chickpea part of the salad a few hours ahead so they can marinate, then doing the green beans when it’s almost time to eat.

While it’s not much extra work to make both dressings, sometimes I just make the green bean dressing, and toss it all together at the same time. Another Madhur Jaffrey recipe from my trusty World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking.

Chickpea and green bean salad
(serves 6)

For the chickpeas:

  • 2 tins chickpeas (450g), undrained
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 2 Tb white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper

For the green beans:

  • 400g green beans, cut into 2″ lengths
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 2 Tb lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 Tb red onion, finely minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  1. Heat the chickpeas in their own liquid and drain.
  2. Mix together the remaining chickpea ingredients to make a dressing, and pour over the still-hot chickpeas.
  3. Adjust the seasons, cover and leave to marinate. (You can leave the chickpeas for a couple of hours before preparing the green beans.)
  4. Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the green beans and cook until just tender, about five minutes. Drain and pat dry.
  5. Mix together the remaining green bean ingredients to make a second dressing, and toss with the beans. Leave them to sit for five minutes, then mix the two salads together and serve.

2 Responses to “Chickpea green bean salad”

  1. Dimple@shivaaydelights October 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Looks really good!

    • Andrea October 26, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

      Thank you!

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