Chickpea Salad

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I initially created this salad for my husband to take to work. It had to be mild in flavour but be tasty, which is why I chose to leave out garlic. Garlic can sometimes dominate in flavour, not to mention the garlic breath you’re left with. I also used a mild flavoured chilli, as I wanted the flavour without the heat. The dressing is light and well balanced, with the lemon juice giving a light tang, while the fresh basil and mint gives this salad a delicious fresh flavour. I like to serve this salad with almond feta cheese, cut into small cubes.

 Ingredients
300g (10.6 ounces or 2 cups) sweet potato, cut into 1cm pieces
166g (5.9 ounces or approx. 1¼-1½ cups) cauliflower, cut into small flowerets
½ small red onion, sliced in half moons
400g tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained – these should weigh around 7.8 ounces or will give you 1½ cups.
Dressing
1 red chilli, finely chopped
3 tablespoons (45ml) lemon juice
2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil
2 packed tablespoons (30ml) shredded fresh basil
2 packed tablespoons (30ml) shredded fresh mint
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 160C and line a tray with baking paper or parchment.

In a small bowl, toss the diced sweet potato in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Place on the prepared tray and bake for 30 minutes, or until tender. Give it a toss half way through the cooking time. Set aside to cool.

Lightly steam the cauliflower until just tender and set aside to cool.

In a bowl, add the all the dressing ingredients and stir to combine.

Next, add the cooled sweet potato and cauliflower, along with the sliced onion and chickpeas, stir until thoroughly combined.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours to let the flavours develop.

Recipe by: The Gluten & Dairy Free Bakehouse

Note: all recipe oven temperatures shown are for a fan forced electric oven. Please refer to the below guide to help you adjust your oven accordingly. This recipe is shown in bold.

Oven Temperatures Chart
130C = 110C fan = 250F = Gas mark 1
150C = 130C fan = 300F = Gas mark 2
160C = 140C fan = 320F = Gas mark 3
180C = 160C fan = 350F = Gas mark 4
190C = 170C fan = 375F = Gas mark 5
200C = 180C fan = 400F = Gas mark 6
220C = 200C fan = 425F = Gas mark 7
230C = 210C fan = 450F = Gas mark 8

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