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Mashed Tahini-Lemon Chickpea Salad

Mashed Tahini-Lemon Chickpea Salad

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Feel free to modify to your tastes – I hear there are some folks out there who hate olives mightily so swap those out for something else – and halve the recipe if this is more than you’d like to have on hand but I think you’ll find it’s hard to have too much of this. Great in pita bread with veggies or just scooped on a salad, this chickpea dish is great for lazy weekend brunches, potlucks or to prepare for weekday lunches. It’s ideal if you let it sit for at least an hour or two to let the flavors combine.

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Mashed Tahini-Lemon Chickpea Salad

4 cups cooked chickpeas, mashed with a potato masher or the back of a fork
1 cup minced red onion
cup pitted kalamata olives or olives of choice
cup sun-dried tomatoes, reconstituted if not soft 
(not oil-packed)
1 cup parsley, minced
cup pine nuts, toasted
cup tahini
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon tamari
cup water
(more or less)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
teaspoon ground cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, mix together the mashed chickpeas, onion, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley and pine nuts.

In a large mixing cup or small bowl, stir together the tahini and lemon juice until it is a thick paste.

Add the tamari and water by the tablespoon until it is smooth but thick, about the thickness of Greek yogurt. Add the cumin, garlic and cayenne. Pour into the chickpea mixture, add salt and pepper and adjust seasonings. Allow to chill for about one hour (or more).


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