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Recipe: Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chickpea Salad


  • 2 cans (15 oz each) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint

  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).

    • Salt(F): The salt will season the chickpeas while also enhancing their natural flavors.
  • In a large bowl, combine the rinsed and drained chickpeas, olive oil, garlic slices, lemon zest, salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika.

    • Fat(F): The olive oil will provide richness and help with the caramelization of the chickpeas during roasting.

    • Salt(S), Fat(F), Acid(A), Heat(H): The combination of salt, fat, and heat will create a Maillard reaction, resulting in an irresistible golden brown crust on the chickpeas. The garlic, lemon zest, and smoked paprika will add layers of flavor.

  • Toss the chickpea mixture well to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

    • Heat(H): Preheating the oven will allow for intense heat, which is necessary to achieve the desired roasted texture.
  • Spread the chickpeas in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

    • Heat(H): The even layer ensures that the chickpeas roast consistently and aren’t overcrowded, allowing them to develop a crispy exterior.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for 25-30 minutes or until the chickpeas are crispy and golden brown, stirring once halfway through.

    • Heat(H): Roasting at a high temperature will cook the chickpeas quickly while turning them crispy and caramelized.
  • Remove the baked chickpeas from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.

  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the chopped parsley, mint, lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil.

    • Acid(A): The lemon juice adds brightness and acidity to balance the richness of the chickpeas.
  • Add the roasted chickpeas to the herb mixture and toss gently to coat.

  • If desired, sprinkle crumbled feta cheese over the salad for an extra creamy and tangy touch.

  • Serve the Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chickpea Salad warm or at room temperature as a side dish, in wraps, or as a light main course.

Enjoy the vibrant flavors and the contrast between the crispy chickpeas, bright citrus, and the freshness of the herbs. This recipe combines elements of Salt, Fat, Acid, and Heat to create a well-balanced and delicious chickpea salad.