Caramelized onions bring a savory-sweet tenderness that gets deepened by the addition of four spices. Meanwhile, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of bright lemon round everything out to create a salad that is deceptively simple for having so many layers of flavor.
With less than an hour of hands-on time, this recipe yields a protein-rich meal—but make a big batch (seriously, like, quadruple the recipe) and you can set yourself up for one really good week. Here's how:
"Tuna" salad: Use a food processor to pulse some of your chickpeas with tahini and Greek yogurt to make tuna salad-inspired chickpea salad. Fold in sliced celery for some crunch, and add actual tuna if you want a bit more bulk. Serve on toast or eat as a sandwich.
Grain and bean salad: Thinly slice carrot and red cabbage and combine this with your curried chickpeas, quinoa, and dried fruit. Dress simply with more olive oil and lemon juice and say hello to a hearty dinner salad.
Stuffed mushrooms: Scoop grain salad leftovers combined with some spinach and crumbled feta into hulled out portobello mushrooms and bake (sort of like this).
Ragu: Sauté onions, carrots, and some chopped leftover mushrooms. Add in curried chickpeas and your canned tomatoes to make a ragu to be served over polenta.
Taco night! Top tortillas with curried chickpeas, roasted sweet potato, cheese, and sliced lettuce. Then rejoice.
Chickpea patties: Pulse curried chickpeas and any leftover sweet potatoes to create a falafel-like cake that you can pan fry and serve in lettuce cups or pita. Garnish with finely chopped celery and Greek yogurt.
Hummus: Make a spicy hummus with chickpeas and tahini. Then take it easy and make yourself a mezze-inspired plate full of assorted meats and cheeses, olives, and dried fruit. Serve with toasted pita or crackers, celery, and carrots sticks.
This salad utilizes chickpeas, a pantry staple. What other pantry items do you turn to most? Let us know in the comments!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).