Curried Zucchini, Chickpea and Green Apple Salad

July 1, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: This easy salad combines sweet zucchini with nutty chickpeas and tart green apples. Tied together with fragrant curry powder and creamy yogurt, lemon juice and fresh herbs add bright contrasting notes. This salad would make a great side for a celebratory barbecue or picnic.
Note: Don't look too hard for the green apples in the was a last minute addition, and unfortunately the salad was consumed before a camera could snap another picture. Please do not leave them out; they add a wonderful contrasting crunch and tart sweetness that I think makes the salad special. - gingerroot

Food52 Review: I can't imagine a better picnic dish. This salad, a particularly attractive study in greens, is simple and straightforward to make, with a fabulous variety of textures and flavors -- apples, zucchini and chickpeas -- that all come together in the surprisingly creamy curry sauce. I'd never have imagined only one tablespoon of yogurt could produce such an effect! - nogaganogaga

Serves: 6 as a side


  • 1 small zucchini, scrubbed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed in a colander (canned are okay)
  • 3 tablespoons Italian parsley, minced
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro (including tender stems), minced
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • Scant 1 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 scallion, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup green apple, small dice
  • sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
In This Recipe


  1. Trim stem end of zucchini and discard. Halve lengthwise. Quarter each zucchini half lengthwise, making skinny wedges and chop.
  2. Heat oil over medium heat in small sauté pan. Add garlic and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add zucchini and sauté till zucchini begins to soften, about five minutes.
  3. Add curry powder and season with a pinch of sea salt, stirring to combine. Cook for 1 minute more. Take pan off heat and set aside.
  4. Transfer chickpeas from colander to a medium sized bowl. Add parsley, cilantro, yogurt, lemon juice, scallions and green apple.
  5. Fold curried zucchini into chickpea mixture. Stir to combine, seasoning with salt and black pepper to taste. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour.
  6. When ready to serve, allow salad to sit out a bit to take chill off and enjoy!

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