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June 23, 2008

Black Chick Pea Salad

Black Chick Pea Salad

Alexis loves chick peas so when I saw black chick peas I knew we just had to try them! Before they are cooked they are dark black, once they are soaked and cooked they turn a chocolate brown color. The flavor is much like regular chick peas, perhaps only a slight more nutty. You can eat them plain, whip up some hummus or even throw them into a salad...The possibilities are endless!

This salad takes elements from many different types of food. The vinegar gives it a slight sushi aspect, while the fresh vegetables give it an air of chopped salad. Any way you look at it, you've got a cool, refreshing, easy, healthy dish that really hits the spot on a hot summer day!

What You'll Need:
2 cups of cooked black chick peas, coole
2 ribs of celery, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 cup of edamame
1 cup of corn kernels
1 cup of pea pods, chopped
1/3 cup of sushi vinegar (Note: As always look for a version that has no high fructose corn syrup! Or better yet make your own.)
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
A pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Toss together black chick peas, celery, carrot, edamame, corn and chopped pea pods until completely incorporated. Set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together sushi vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground pepper until mixed. Pour mixture over tossed vegetables and stir to coat. Serve immediately or chill and then serve.

Note: Because of the vinegar you'll want to eat this salad within 24 hours or so of being made. The vinegar will start to break down the vegetables and after that it will just be a mushy mess. You can add other vegetables into the mix. Some crumbled nori would be a good addition too.

Posted by Dianne at June 23, 2008 7:28 AM

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Oooh! This looks fantastic! I've never seen black chick peas before!

Posted by: Allie at June 23, 2008 9:00 AM

I found them recently at our local store called My Organic Market. They were in a package dry so we grabbed one. They are very good!

Posted by: Dianne at June 23, 2008 5:09 PM

How cool! I'll have to look for those!

Posted by: Jayne at June 25, 2008 2:52 PM

How cool! I'll have to look for those!

Posted by: Jayne at June 25, 2008 2:52 PM

(They were so cool I had to double-post that comment.)

Posted by: Jayne at June 25, 2008 3:00 PM

I think my post server is slow today or something.

Posted by: Dianne at June 25, 2008 4:28 PM

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