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This genius chickpea salad recipe uses the olive oil you bake the chickpeas in as part of the flavorful tahini dressing. We love heirloom black chickpeas for this. They create a beautiful contrast with the pita and are much more flavorful than their beige cousins.
4 cups cooked chickpeas (black chickpeas will be a striking and flavorful choice)
¾ to 1cup extra-virgin olive oil
2garlic cloves, minced
2teaspoons ground cumin, or 1 teaspoon each ground cumin and ground coriander
1teaspoon sweet paprika
Salt and pepper
Make the chickpeas: Heat oven to 425 degrees. Pour the chickpeas into a small baking dish, about 6 inches by 8 inches. The chickpeas should be crowded together in a thick layer, not spread out. Pour in olive oil just until chickpeas are covered. (This will look like a lot, but don’t worry: It forms part of the dressing.)
Add garlic, cumin, paprika, and 2 big pinches each of salt and pepper. Stir gently to combine. Bake until oil is bubbling around the chickpeas and they are turning reddish-brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Set aside to cool.
This very simple dish lets the flavor of these amazing heirloom field peas shine. Steeped in history, Sea Island Red Peas are a more flavorful and diminutive cousin to black eyed peas and are grown only on the Carolina Sea Islands.