Curried Vegan Chickpea Salad with Watermelon Radish


Dr. Reshma Shah

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I love everything that my friend, Dr. Reshma Shah, makes. Her dishes are always so flavorful and savory yet always healthy, and vitamin-rich. And they always look beautiful and colorful on the plate! This is her version of a “tuna-less” or “egg-less” salad. The recipe is so forgiving that it really does lend itself to experimenting with your own creativity or simply to what you have on hand. Serve it with homemade soup and call it dinner.

15 ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or 2 cups cooked chickpeas)
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 to 2 tablespoons hummus
1 to 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 cup crunchy things (diced celery or watermelon radish work well)
¼ cup finely diced red onion
1 tablespoon capers
olive oil (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Lightly pat the chickpeas dry. Drizzle with a teaspoon of optional olive oil (you can omit if you prefer). Sprinkle the curry powder, a pinch of salt, freshly ground black pepper. Gently mix to coat the chickpeas.

Bake the chickpeas in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet for about 15 minutes. The chickpeas should be beginning to brown but NOT crispy. They should be “mashable”.

Place the chickpeas in a glass bowl. Add the hummus and mustard. Fold to combine and then with a potato masher or hefty fork, mash the chickpeas until they are the consistency of really lumpy mashed potatoes. I don’t mind a few whole chickpeas here and there. I think they are charming. You can add a little olive oil here or a little extra hummus if the mixture seems too dry.

Add the crunchy things, red onion and capers. Fold in to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pile onto toasted sourdough bread or sever with your favorite crackers.


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Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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