Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spice Spice Baby

I love to get my veg on.

And so, I bring you another side salad: Spiced Chickpea Salad.

I’m a big fan of the chickpea. In fact, me and the delightful chickpea-creation hummus go way back. Plus, chickpeas are way healthy and all that. They’re chock full of minerals and protein and folic acid and fiber and things that those doctor types tell you to consume.

I made this salad in an attempt to use up a bunch of this and that lying about in my refrigerator. Cluttered refrigerators send me into convulsions. So does Payless Shoe Source and hoarders and leftovers.

Ick nast.

I also went a bit wild with the spices. I love spices. I buy crazy ones at The Spice Corner in Philadelphia's Italian Market.

OMG. It is made of awesome. And it will make you realize that McCormick and those grocery store evil empire brands seriously jack up their prices in a mean, mean, meanie way. Grrrrr.

When you walk into the Spice Corner, it smells just like heaven. And you can find a plethora of spices and dried beans and coffees and teas and baking supplies. It's kind of old-timey and homey and fantastic all wrapped into a little store. Love it.

Anyway, hope you love the chickpea salad. If you shun spicy flavors, you should from this awesome recipe. And get your head checked.

Spiced Chickpea Salad
(Makes 4 to 6 servings)
1 15.5 ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 clove of garlic, minced
¼ cup red onion, chopped
¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 rib of celery, chopped
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
½ tsp. coriander
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. to 1 tsp hot sauce (depending on taste)
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients.

In a small bowl, combine the coriander, cumin, hot sauce, lemon, salt and pepper. Whisk in olive oil. Once combined, pour over vegetable mixture. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

The Corner Spice Market is located at 904 S. Ninth Street, Philadelphia. Phone is: (215) 925-1660


  1. Now that I'm practically a vegetarian, I'll try this one. Lost 25 already. Feeling great too! Have you ever thought of video recording your creations and posting them to the blog?

  2. MMMM. I needed something simple today to whip up- we just had a dinner party yesterday and I don't feel like going nuts in the kitchen (but I want something GOOD). This works, it's a real "pantry" recipe! Unfortunately, I need to get my spice on and hit a specialty spice store (my pantry's a bit on the "old" side). Used to love going to a little spice store in New Hope, but it's gone now, sigh.

    thanks for a good recipe on a dull day!