Monday, November 3, 2008

Curried Chickpea Salad

VeganMoFo is no mo' for this year. Ah well, it was great while it lasted. As my fellow bloggers have noted, it was fun to find new blogs and delicious vegan recipes. And the sense of camaraderie really blossomed amidst the frenetic pace of blogging and visiting other blogs. Congrats to everyone who participated!

With temperatures in the 70's all week, I made this curried chickpea salad for lunches. It can be stuffed in a sandwich, served atop salad greens, or eaten on its own. The taste is savory and sweet, and the toasted cumin seeds and almonds add a little crunch. This dish is easy to prepare, with just some chopping and a little toasting of the cumin seeds and almonds.

Curried Chickpea Salad
Adapted from Whole Foods

2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1/4 cup (heaping) almonds
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
juice from 1 lime
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup seedless raisins
2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup chopped carrots
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Toast the cumin seeds and almonds in a small skillet over medium-low heat for a few minutes, until fragrant.

In a medium bowl, whisk vinegar, lime juice, olive oil, curry powder, maple syrup, and salt. Add raisins, almonds, and cumin seeds and stir. Add remaining ingredients and combine.


  1. This is a very beautiful salad, all the colours match so well!

  2. This salad sounds so amazingly delicious!! I think I'll have to make it next week sometime!

  3. Yum!! And it looks so pretty too!

  4. oh my, that looks so colorful and pretty and YUM!

  5. Yum! This sounds fantastic, filling, and refreshing. Perfect for this little warm spell Missouri is experiencing!

  6. That looks so fresh and inviting! Since we're more in the 50s and rainy, casseroles seem to have taken weather?

  7. Ooooh, I love anything with curry. And it's warm here this week too. The high today is like 76! I'm gonna make the most of this warm-ness while its still here.

  8. YUMMEEE, I love chick peas!!

  9. i agree with everyone... chickpeas make the world a better place. :)

  10. Anything with chickpea is a winner in my book. Your salad sounds great.

  11. What a beautiful bowl of super colorful goodness! Do you EVER take a bad picture? :)

  12. Chickpeas are one of my favorite foods! This dish not only looks spectacular but so fresh and satisfying as well as healthy!

  13. oooooooooooh! this salad is calling my name! mmmm, mmmmm! it's beautiful too, Lisa - and sounds soooo freak'n amazing! i think i might make some this weekend. thanks for the recipe! you rock so hard!


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