Chickpea and Tahini Salad III (Perfect Picnic Salad)

21 Jul

I am forever putting together cold chickpea salads for the summer.

Tahini is, of course, one of my favorite condiments for this purpose. For the uninitiated, it is a sesame paste, very thick, that keeps for a long time in the fridge and is critical to Middle Eastern cuisine. A tablespoon adds a depth of flavor, a teeny bit on the bitter side, and a thickness or creaminess of texture to sauces and dressings that I like a lot. Try a basic dressing from a Mediterranean Buffet , a   version with soy sauce, or another with tomatoes and herbs. Which I guess means I should call this Chick Pea and Tahini Salad IV, but whatever!)

This time I had dill in the fridge needing to be used up so I figured I would try it. The result was fresh and good. Mint would be a terrific substitute or addition. You can really go in many directions with this one! You can mix it with rice or use it to top a green salad or just eat it right out of the mixing bowl with a spoon while standing in front of the fridge (not that I would ever do that. Uh-uh. Not me).

Light and fresh – perfect side for supper!

Chickpea and Tahini Salad III

1 Tbs lemon juice or red wine vinegar (start with half a tablespoon and increase to your taste)

1 Tbs tahini

1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbs dill, chopped

28oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbs red onion (a quarter of a medium red onion), sliced thin

Mix or whisk lemon juice or vinegar and tahini together in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well.

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12 Responses to “Chickpea and Tahini Salad III (Perfect Picnic Salad)”

  1. ceciliag July 24, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    we have been eating a lot of chickpeas lately, the dressing for this is interesting, i must try it! c

  2. susartandfood July 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    We eat a lot of Tahini around here as my other half is from Egypt and introduced me to falafels. This looks wonderful.

  3. fairyhealthylife July 21, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Looks delicious and simple! Will try soon.

  4. twbarritt July 21, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Love chickpeas – one of my favorite, go to legumes!

  5. Mad Dog July 21, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    That looks great and would keep well out of the fridge for a few hours, so definitely good picnic or BBQ food 😉

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