Chickpea Fattoush Salad Bowl
Updated: Feb 28, 2019
Gabriel told me month later after we were officially together that I was one of the worst "cooks" he had ever met because I followed my dad's method of eyeballing EVERYTHING and never used recipes.... My dad happened to be a GREAT cook but could NEVER tell you how he made anything since he never remembered what he had put into the dish. When he finally broke the news to me, that I just didn't have my dad's talent of being able to mix random ingredients well- I vowed to improve and turned to researching and following recipes step by step. Now he laughs at how far I've come in the last 5 years. Through practice and mistakes, I have now learned enough about cooking where I can get away with eyeballing ingredients and adding things that were not originally in the recipe, but overall I tend to take the safe route stick with the steps and ingredients I am provided with.
So either my friends have been lying to me all these years that they liked my cooking, or G has a skewed sense of taste (considering he puts pineapple in his spaghetti sauce when he makes it. I'd say it's a little of both!) Either way, it's helped me push my boundaries and explore foods I typically wouldn't try to make on my own. The online world of recipes has really helped me expand my palette.
I just told you this story because that's how we got to today's food of the day: CHICKPEAS
Alone, I think they are absolutely the nastiest legume there possibly can be (yes even in hummus form, I just think they are so awful) and was very skeptical when I came across this Chickpea Fattoush Salad Bowl recipe. We've been trying to eat more plant based meals and limit our consumption of meat in general for health reasons- and I figured I will try anything at least once.
But this recipe? IT'S A WINNER and I've made it multiple times now! It holds up great for meal prep too!
I love Naf Naf Grill and this salad tasted something like you would find there!
The original recipe is linked the the blue above if you want to see all the exact measurements and steps- I was just annoyed by the order in which it was presented as I feel the chickpeas should be last to cook since they are best served warm (but meal prep tastes find cold, if I had guests I would opt to serve warm) I feel like the salads tastes more flavorful when it is chilled and the mint has a moment to set.
I've used maple syrup and honey and it has not made much of a difference in taste.
All in all I think this is a great recipe and has most definitely made it's way into my cooking binder.
Let me know what you think!
The Everyday Girl