Good morning! I’ve got a new recipe for you guys today — super quick and easy, as per usual. Life over here is busy, as I’m sure yours is, too! Introducing: 5 Minute Mediterranean Chickpea Salad.
In our little food shop at school they have this really good chickpea salad, and if I wasn’t able to pack lunch or end up staying at school longer than usual and need a snack, it’s my go-to purchase. It’s especially delicious when on top of salad greens. The other day I was craving it and decided to recreate a variation of the salad at home!
5 Minute Mediterranean Chickpea Salad (vegan)
Quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious. Serve atop salad or eat alone!
Makes 2 servings
- 1 (15.5 oz) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
- Half of 1 (6 oz.) can olives, drained (green or black)
- Juice from one lemon
- 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. cumin
- Salt & pepper to taste
Dump everything into a bowl, stir, and enjoy! I love eating this on its own or on top of salad. It would be good with rice, too!
I used Carapelli olive oil in the recipe, which I was sent to review as part of a Social Spark campaign.
Did you know that you can actually do olive oil tastings just like a wine tasting? Carapelli sent us some information on the proper tasting technique along with our olive oil. Cool! Here’s the info courtesy of them if you want to do your own olive oil tasting. You can also check out their website for a coupon: $1.00 OFF coupon at www.CarapelliUSA.com
How to do an Olive Oil Tasting:
Similar to tasting wine, there are a few quick steps to having the true olive oil tasting experience. Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil into a blue glass (so the color is concealed and not a factor in the tasting) and gently warm it by covering the glass with one hand and holding the bowl of the glass in the other.
Then, move on to “the 4 S’s:” Swirl, Sniff, Slurp and Swallow
1. Swirl — By swirling the olive oil in your glass, you release the oil’s esters, which are the molecules that contain the aroma.
2. Sniff — Inhale deeply. The aroma is the key to the fruitiness of the oil. Is it intense or is it
3. Slurp — Sip the oil while “sipping” in a bit of air. This slurping action emulsifies the oil and helps spread it throughout your mouth. Take note of the various tastes and sensations. Is it fruity, peppery, smooth?
4. Swallow — Once you swallow the oil, it should leave your mouth with no aftertaste. Again, take note of any peppery or stinging sensation in your throat.
Have you guys ever done an olive oil tasting? I think I’ll stick with wine tasting, but it was fun to mix things up. ;)
I’m off to take a Biochem quiz, then I need to get some work done and eventually figure out Halloween costumes for tonight! Gotta love waiting til the last minute… that’s just how we roll. Happy Friday!