Celebrate the summer with this grilling zucchini and chickpea salad! To contrast the tenderness of grilled zucchini, I have used crunchy roasted chickpeas. The smokiness of the grilled zucchini also pairs nicely with the salsa made out of cherry tomatoes, shallots and herbs. Use this salad as your main meal, or pair it with grilled meats! —Medha | Farm on Plate
Cut zucchini length wise in half. Place cut side up and sprinkle with salt. Flip and set aside for 15 minutes until it releases some of its water. The goal here is to make the zucchini less watery, and get it ready for grilling. You can skip this step if you are eating the salad right away and don’t mind the zucchini a bit on the tender side.
Pat dry and brush both sides with olive oil. Set grill on medium high heat. Put zucchini on grill, cook until charred, flip once.
In a bowl mix tomatoes, shallots, herbs, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well and set it aside.
Preheat the oven 400°F.
Toss chickpeas with olive oil, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Spread them out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Roast for 15-20 minutes until crisply and golden. Set aside.
I love serving this salad family style. Let people mix the zucchini, roasted chickpeas and salsa the way they like it!